Building a Green Custom Home in South Surrey and White Rock, BC
March 28 Residential, Green Building
In choosing to build a green home, you will enjoy a healthier, more durable home with a lower environmental impact. You will benefit from a reduction of monthly operating costs, rebate eligibility, improved resale value, and more. At Hyline Construction, we are well versed in building green custom homes in South Surrey and White Rock, BC that are highly customized to our clients and the environment in which they are built.
Green Custom Building Ideas for Surrey and White Rock
When building an environmentally friendly custom home in British Columbia, there are endless possibilities for the home’s design. Some great ideas for green custom homes in the Surrey area include:
Green Heating Options
Geothermal power can be used in South Surrey and White Rock custom homes to replace comparable HVAC and/or boiler systems with geothermal heat pumps. Although geothermal heat pumps and other forms of green heating can cost a bit more up front, the long-term environmental and cost benefits make these systems well worth the price tag. With a massive efficiency advantage over other heating systems, custom homes with geothermal heating can expect significant monthly savings on heating and cooling. By implementing a system that does not burn fossil fuels for heat production a home can cut down on its greenhouse gas emissions and provide a higher air quality throughout the home.
Capitalize on Water Usage
Although British Columbia has an abundance of natural water resources, freshwater is a depletable resource. The energy that it takes to pump water to homes could be saved by implementing a variety of preservation systems. Rainwater harvesting, water recycling, Energy Star rated washers, tankless water heaters, and low-flow faucets are all excellent water-saving options for Surrey green custom homes.
Supplement with Solar
Solar power, like other renewable energy resources, has many environmental and health benefits. Going solar reduces greenhouse gas emissions and results in fewer air pollutants, such as sulphur dioxide. Custom homes in the South Surrey and White Rock area can capitalize on the amount of sunlight that we receive in British Columbia. Many premium solar energy collecting systems have the ability to gather energy from sunlight through medium to heavy cloud cover, meaning that a home will be able to supplement its electrical usage throughout most seasons.
Go Green with Roofing
The type of roofing systems you select can help your green custom home retain heat more readily than conventional roofs during the winter and keep your home cooler during the summer. Living roof systems are made of grass, moss, and other plant life, and they provide incredible insulation and rainwater gathering properties. They require some care, but the benefits are worth it. Other environmentally friendly and energy-saving roofing options include terra cotta, slate, or metal roofing.
To learn more about building a green custom home in Surrey, BC, or if you are interested in our custom building services for residential or commercial projects, contact Hyline Construction at 604-889-5242 or fill out a contact form on our website.