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There are many factors to consider when you’re thinking about building an environmentally friendly custom home. The design, the appliances to use, the construction materials and numerous other details are all critical on your checklist. The issue for too many people about anything “environment-conscious” is the erroneous assumption they hold that it automatically equates to conservative and unattractive. These people are wrong.

Eco-friendly homes can be extremely beautiful and modern. In this post, you will see that they can actually be better than standard homes. However, before we get ahead of ourselves let’s examine why anyone would want an environmentally conscious home. The following post explains this in more detail:

Building green, from design to construction is the right thing to do, environmentally, economically and socially. The use of wood helps to create structures that are ecologically sound, energy efficient, architecturally pleasing and durable. Wood from well managed forests is an excellent environmental choice. Builders and home buyers all over the world are realizing that a wood structure is healthy, comfortable, has lower energy consumption, and has better overall performance. A wood structure also reduces the impact of buildings on human health and the environment in regards to site selection, design, construction, operation, maintenance, and demolition.

The use of more wood for construction is a natural and easy way to make a difference for the environment. Wood reduces greenhouse gases and stores carbons. Read more at Pioneer Log Homes…

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A home built with the environment in mind is not just beneficial in preserving the environment, it can also be healthier for you and your family to live in. For example, the nature-loving couple highlighted in the article below decided to go full-throttle and create the green home of their dreams.

They live in a house that needs no fans, even when it is a blistering 40 degrees outside. They let their land bloom and bear like a forest, without any interference. They created a life for themselves that is close to nature. And the best benefit? They haven’t had to take any medicines in the last 17 years! ….

When they decided to build a house, Hari and Asha wanted it to be energy efficient, deeply connected to nature and sustainable. An architect friend joined them in making such a house a reality. The 960 square feet house sits amidst 34 cents of land in a little town in Kannur District, Kerala. What makes it unique in our times is that its walls are made of mud, an inspiration drawn from how the tribals of Kerala built their mud houses. Read more at The Better India…

Of course, you may not want to live in a home constructed from mud like this couple, but the larger point still stands that a bit of outside-of-the-box thinking can pay dividends in a variety of ways.

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As mentioned above, a major fallacy that people believe when they think of an eco-friendly home is that it will lack aesthetic appeal. Nothing could be further from the truth. Technological advancements have made it easy to build a custom home that is both energy-efficient and a true showplace. Check out the following post for a stunning example of this fact:

This home with multiple energy efficient solutions sits prominently in Portland

This home in Portland, Oregon, combines contemporary architecture with high performance sustainable design.

The home, designed by Hennebery Eddy Architects, has many energy efficient inclusions, like radiant floor heating, a large dedicated solar panel area on the roof, and a geo-exchange heat pump…In the dining area, natural light floods the space from the windows on either side of the home…Also on the roof is a large area dedicated to solar panels. Read more at Contemporist.com…

You can have a to-die-for home that is eco-friendly, beautiful and promotes wellness. In fact, there are so many options to explore when it comes to creating an eco-friendly home that you will find yourself spoilt for choice.

Oz Custom Home Builders has been constructing dream homes for nearly two decades. We are ready to start the process of creating your perfect residence. To learn more about our home construction services, call us today at 803-242-0050 or use the “Email Us” link on this page. We look forward to hearing from you.