DT1325 ANALYSIS 2-1 7
Plan# HWEPL09591 New American
Inthe subjected topic, it was right for me to choose the Myrtle Beachin South Carolina, as a my home location in order to analyze anddemonstrate the importance of reviewing a design for its sustainableprocess. My decision to select South Carolina in my discussion boardis because it is a state characterized by its beautiful nature.Moreover, Myrtle Beach is a great town located at the beach whereweather is fair and favorable for people to live by being not verycold during winter seasons and not too hot during summer times. Thetown have everything that characterizes a larger town, but the townhas a population index of only 60000 people living there annually.Among the important aspects that I have noticed about this town sinceI relocated there from Nevada desert is its low living costs and thegreen environment. However, this analytical write-up is a report aimsat discussing various environmental characteristics that areimportant in designing a house with the design of the selectedbuilding.
Thedesign for the selected home calls for an Energy Star Rating inaccordance to the building materials that are to be used.Furthermore, the house will use more cost-save materials than just anEnergy Star Rating. As such, the house would be built with thehighest R ratings of low-E reflective insulation on every part of thehouse. The feature of the house includes flood Hawk Automatic watervalve shut-off system, Xypex crystalline waterproofing, Weather-Bosnon-toxic paints, Insulated double-pained low-e windows, stains andfinishes, and Cree LED lighting.
Theplan designed for this house’s floor includes a great open feel butvery classy and elegant. The NewAmerican house plan adds up to 3,336 square feet home with the sizes119’ x 57’. It is a one-Storey building consisting of twoBedrooms, four garage bays, and 2 ½ baths. This kind of homehas a design plan incorporates the country’s charm and the Europeanelegance. In addition, the foyer has an arched entryways that directsone to a very beautiful dining room. The master bedroom suite is alsoretreated with elegance and relaxing.
Thedesigned house consists of special features including deck,fireplace, front port, breakfast nook, family room, built-incabinets, shelves, and desks. Others include Kitchen Island,recreation or game room, gathering room, snack bar, open-floor plan,study or library room, universal design, and butler’s pantry.
Benefitsof LEED-Certified Homes: Savings, Value, Well-Being, Trusted
Thedesigned house plan has its benefits to the owner through savings,its value, well being, and creating trust. On the saving benefits,the designed house aims at reducing water and energy consumption. Onstatistical facts, a typical household has an annual expenditure ofabout $2,150 (Easton,2012).Fortunately, the LEED-certifiedhouses have greater importance to the residents including havingenergy efficiency, reduction of ductwork leakage and envelope sincethey are individually tested. The designed house is also planned tominimize outdoor and indoor usage of water and are estimated to uselower energy by 30-60 percentage, as compared to a house built usingan International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). One can also useHERS ratings that justify the benefits of certifying each level LEEDusage at homes. For example, a home that qualifies for LEEDcertification can reduce energy by 30 percent for the LEED Certifiedhouses, about 30 percent for LEED Silver houses, and about 48 percentfor the LEED Gold houses (Easton, 2012). It is approximated thatabout 50-60 percent energy reduction are realized by homes thatachieves a LEED Platinum levels.
Asdemonstrated in the Eplan portal (2014), the home projects that usesLEED must achieve the Energy Star requirements, which providesnecessary principle on how to reduce energy bills by over 20 percent.This helps the users to save about $200-$400 every year. Such notionsare justified by U.S. Department of Energy (2010), which said thatthe reduced costs add up to the savings of the consumer as comparedto the ones used by the typical homeowners.
Anotheraspect of benefits contributed by the type of home design selected isthe value. The Green Homes are dream houses envied by consumers dueto their energy efficiency or greener models. Moreover, they arebuilt at similar costs with the conventional homes, despite beinggreener and valuable. Unfortunately, there be upfront amount used ofabout 2.4 percent that could be spent when building the designedhouse, but such costs are quickly recovered when the homeownerscontinue saving costs for the rest of their residence in these homes(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Sept. 2011).
Onthe other hand, the resale values of the Green homes are higher andquickly sold as compared to the homes without LEED Certification forextra saving of energy. It was noted that the average sale ofgreen-certified homes is about eight percent higher than thenon-certified ones (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2009).
EnvironmentalImpact of the Residential Market
Thebuilding of the designed green-home residential will also contributeto the environmental impacts such as energy, water, and waste. Forthe energy, the household consumption adds up to one fifth of theannual total energy consumption in U.S and the residential industryemits about 21 percent of total amount of carbon dioxide released tothe environment (Kats, 2009). As noted by McGraw-Hill Construction(2009), the consumption of energy in residential sector has beenincreasing since 1985 by approximately 34 percent. As such, it ispredicted that about 90 percent residential buildings in the U.S.will contain energy-efficient feature since over a milliongreen-built homes are presently in place that saves about $200annually in the bills. Therefore, green homes will play an importantrole of benefiting the consumers as well as the surroundingenvironment by saving water usage. They are beneficial because theresidential houses affect water consumption since about 29.4 billionsof water gallons are presently used daily that contributes to 7.1percent of total amount of water used in U.S. (U.S. EnvironmentalProtection Agency, 2010). On the waste, the building of theresidential homes causes more construction and demolitions that leadsto negative impacts on the environment such as noise pollution andincreased rate of debris generation (U.S. Geological Survey, 2005).
Inconclusion, the selected design model of the green house will notonly be cost effective but also environmental friendly. In addition,they adds value to the residential sector since they reduces theturn-around time of selling a particular green home. They arecost-effective and efficient starting from the time of constructingthe building to the life-span usage of the home. This is because itis designed to use cost-saving materials and utility-saving featuresto reduce the expense bills of the homeowner.
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