From Tragedy to Triumph - Rebuilding Green Homes after Disaster

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Rebuilding your home after a natural disaster such as a flood, hurricane, or tornado can be daunting. You can turn a tragedy into an opportunity to create a healthier, more comfortable and more energy-efficient home by rebuilding your next home green. Homes devastated by a tornado in Kansas in 2007 were rebuilt to use 40 to 50 percent less energy than current building code, for example. Some components of a green home checklist include:

  • South orientation - Build your home facing south to optimize its solar gain in winter and reduce heating loads.
  • Efficient insulation - One of the easiest, most cost-effective ways to save energy
  • Programmable thermostat - Saves energy by automatically powering down when you're away
  • Nontoxic products - Use products that don't contain toxic chemicals, such as paints and adhesives with low volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
  • Recycled construction waste - Try to recycle at least 50 percent of the wood, cardboard and concrete from new home projects




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