When it comes to building houses, technology has made it easier to go green. Solar-ready roofs, low flow plumbing, heat recovery ventilator, and radiant floor heating are all features in new homes that aid in living a greener life. These features also prove to be great investments, saving on energy and water while more efficiently heating a home. With incentives from LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), these energy-saving renovations will quickly be gaining popularity. With LEED, homeowners with a 50 percent minimum reduction in heating, cooling, water heating and other forms of electric use are eligible to receive $1.80 per square foot.
How else are homes changing? People are preparing for global climate change and homes are being outfitted with structural steel framing that is engineered to withstand heavy snow, hurricane winds, and high seismic loads.
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