A new-home look, plus sustainable savings.
What is a Sustainable Home?
Sustainable homes are Zero Energy Ready Homes. Zero Energy Ready Homes are cost-effective, high performance residences built to provide a healthy living environment with a level of energy efficiency, comfort and durability. Despite the progressive nature of these homes, they look just like a typical new home. The difference comes from the construction, insulation and integration of technology, which allows for cleaner air, more evenly distributed temperatures and a quieter home.
Why Choose a Sustainable Home from Allan Custom Homes?
What Makes Allan Custom Homes’ Sustainable Homes Unique?
When we build our sustainable homes, we go the extra mile. Not only do our homes meet Zero Energy Ready standards, we consider energy conservation and functionality from the moment we start designing our sustainable homes; from the interior layout of the home to the materials used on the home’s exterior. At Allan Custom Homes, we optimize our homes for any future renewable energy integration, such as solar panel installation, so if you choose to install solar panels in the future, it’s seamless!
Watch our founder and CEO discuss the details of our sustainable homes on an episode of Alliant Energy’s PowerHouse TV:
What’s the Difference Between a Sustainable Home and a Green Home?
People tend to use the words “green” and “sustainable” interchangeably. However, green homes and sustainable homes are two different things.
A home is considered a green home when it helps reduce the footprint it leaves on the natural environment. Green home design includes building for energy efficiency, including the use of renewable energy sources such as wind, water, or solar.
On the other hand, sustainable homes create and maintain the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony. The importance of sustainability lies in the “future” factors, which set a higher standard than those used to define green home building. Only a house that meets zero energy standards, with zero net energy consumption and zero carbon emissions, can be considered sustainable.
In other words, a sustainable home is always a green home BUT a green home is not always considered a sustainable home.