North American Coalition for Maintaining Mother Earth

Posted by Alexa On April - 6 - 2016 0 Comment

Eco-Friendly RenovationsBuild or renovate is an age old question. Often times it’s in reference to what makes more sense to your family. For example, if your family is expanding and you’re running out of room, building a new and larger home is often the answer. While sometimes, your house is closed off instead of an open concept so renovations make more sense. But which of these two options are better for the environment?

Many people believe that new builds are more eco-friendly due to energy-efficient appliances. Turns out renovating is commonly the greener approach of the two. Here are a few reasons why:

Cut Down on Materials

Renovating, especially a big renovation actually cuts down on materials. If you gut your whole house, only leaving load-bearing walls then you actually use less material than building a whole new house. Gutting a house may require you to use personal time, but in the long run will be better in terms of materials.

Less Emissions from Machinery

A new build requires heavy machinery such as cement trucks and forklifts. The machinery then pollutes the air, making it less green. With a renovation, heavy machinery isn’t commonly used, making it more eco-friendly than building a new home.

Impact of Clearing Land

Going along with the use of heavy machinery, clearing land is also required when creating a new build. The land must also be prepped, which again can be harmful to the environment.

Lasting Effects

Studies show that construction for a new energy efficient building commonly takes 20 to 30 years to overcome the effects of it, but it can take up to 80 years. A building will not go untouched without some sort of renovation for 80 years, or even 20 for that matter. So does it make sense to build sometime new when you likely already have a building that has overcome the original environmental effects?

Thank you to Lansing township MI real estate agents for providing this article on building and renovating and the more eco-friendly option.


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