5 Reasons to Build a Small, Green, and Eco-Friendly Home

A small eco-friend­ly house built with the Bau­tex Block Sys­tem is healthy, ener­gy-effi­cient, and durable. A small house designed with Bau­tex Blocks is also good for the envi­ron­ment and saves mon­ey by reduc­ing con­struc­tion time.

A small eco-friend­ly house allows today’s home­own­ers to live green in style. A thought­ful­ly designed small green home con­sid­ers the occu­pan­t’s health and com­fort. How­ev­er, oth­er crit­i­cal goals of a small, ener­gy-effi­cient and sus­tain­able home are to reduce its impact on the envi­ron­ment and lessen a homeowner’s expens­es. A care­ful­ly designed and built small and styl­ish eco-friend­ly home is healthy, ener­gy-effi­cient, durable, good for the envi­ron­ment, and quick and easy to con­struct.

Five Rea­sons to Build a Small Eco-Friend­ly Home

1. Small Green Home Designs Protect a Family’s Health

Small green home designs are healthy for fam­i­lies because they uti­lize prod­ucts that are mois­ture-resis­tant and do not con­tain volatile organ­ic com­pounds (VOC). Mois­ture resis­tance is cru­cial to pre­vent­ing the growth of mold. Mold is a prob­lem because inhal­ing or touch­ing it may cause aller­gic and asth­mat­ic reac­tions in some peo­ple. VOCs are dan­ger­ous to the occu­pants of a home they can dam­age kid­ney, liv­er and cen­tral ner­vous sys­tems. VOCs also can cause nose, eye and throat irri­ta­tions, headaches, and nau­sea to the occu­pants of a home. Eco-friend­ly homes ensure the health of the occu­pants by uti­liz­ing prod­ucts like the Bau­tex Wall Sys­tem, that is mois­ture-resis­tant and lacks VOCs.

2. Small Sustainable, Energy-Efficient Homes Save Money

Small eco-friend­ly homes are ener­gy-effi­cient and sus­tain­able. They also save home­own­ers ener­gy and mon­ey over time.

  • Small sus­tain­able homes save mon­ey with renew­able ener­gy sources like solar pan­els, pho­to­volta­ic cells or geot­her­mal heat­ing.
  • Small eco hous­es save ener­gy and mon­ey by uti­liz­ing Ener­gy Star appli­ances, met­al roof­ing, tan­k­less water heaters, and high ther­mal mass prod­ucts that pro­duce a tight build­ing enve­lope, like the Bau­tex Wall Sys­tem.

The Bau­tex Wall Sys­tem is a superb, high ther­mal mass prod­uct that will pro­duce a tight build­ing enve­lope for an eco-friend­ly, ener­gy-effi­cient small home. The Bau­tex sys­tem meets the ther­mal per­for­mance man­dat­ed by the Inter­na­tion­al Res­i­den­tial Code (IRC) and Inter­na­tion­al Build­ing Codes (IBC) and gives a high-lev­el of con­tin­u­ous insu­la­tion (R‑14) that pre­vents the flow of heat by con­vec­tion, con­duc­tion, and radi­a­tion.

3. Small, Green Homes have Long-Term Durability

The use of durable, long-last­ing con­struc­tion prod­ucts for small sus­tain­able hous­es saves home­own­ers both mon­ey and time. Durable mate­ri­als also increase the resilience of a home against ter­mites and nat­ur­al dis­as­ters like tor­na­does, hur­ri­canes, and fires; which saves home­own­ers mon­ey and time by less­en­ing main­te­nance and repairs to their homes. A supe­ri­or durable con­struc­tion prod­uct for a small sus­tain­able home is the Bau­tex Wall Sys­tem,

  • Bau­tex Blocks are durable because they are mois­ture-resis­tant and not sus­cep­ti­ble to wood rot, which dimin­ish­es the integri­ty of a home and results in cost­ly repairs.
  • Bau­tex Blocks are resilient against winds of 250 mile-per-hour and can with­stand wind-borne debris with lit­tle to no struc­tur­al dam­age. The strength and dura­bil­i­ty of Bau­tex Blocks con­struc­tion pro­tect both the occu­pants and home from extreme weath­er and nat­ur­al dis­as­ters. Bau­tex Wall Sys­tem meets the FEMA 320 and FEMA 361 guide­lines in storm zones with pos­si­ble wind speeds up to 250 miles per hour. The Bau­tex sys­tem also meets ICC-500 and FEMA stan­dards for debris impact.
  • Bau­tex insu­lat­ed con­crete block walls are fire resis­tant. The Bau­tex Wall Sys­tem has an ASTM E119 fire rat­ing of four-hours (twice the two-hour require­ment), and an ASTM E84 val­ue for flame speed of zero and smoke devel­op­ment of twen­ty. Because the blocks meet the E84 and NFPA 286 they meet the NFPA 101 code.
  • Bau­tex Blocks are ter­mite-resis­tant because they lack the organ­ic mate­r­i­al, which the pests eat.

4. Small, Energy-Efficient Homes Reduce Environmental Impact

A small, sus­tain­able house design is good for the envi­ron­ment because it uti­lizes ener­gy-effi­cient and durable prod­ucts, like the Bau­tex Wall Sys­tem. Ener­gy-effi­cient prod­ucts use less ener­gy and there­fore gen­er­ate few­er car­bon diox­ide emis­sions, a known cause of glob­al warm­ing. Durable prod­ucts are good for the envi­ron­ment because they extend or elim­i­nate replace­ment, which reduces waste to the land­fill.

5. Small Green Home Designs Save on Con­struc­tion Time

Build­ing a small eco house reduces con­struc­tion time by buy­ing local­ly, uti­liz­ing prod­ucts that has­ten con­struc­tion, like Bau­tex Blocks, and reduc­ing on-site hours.

  • Buy­ing local­ly pro­duced mate­ri­als quick­ens avail­abil­i­ty and reli­a­bil­i­ty of mate­ri­als. Oth­er advan­tages of pur­chas­ing local prod­uct are it sup­ports small busi­ness­es, keeps mon­ey in the local econ­o­my, and reduces the home­’s car­bon foot­print by min­i­miz­ing fuel used in ship­ping.
  • The use of Bau­tex™ Wall Sys­tem will quick­en new eco-friend­ly home con­struc­tion because Bau­tex com­bines strength, fire resis­tance, and the light­weight, insu­la­tive prop­er­ties of foam in a sin­gle, easy-to-install unit.
  • Because of its size, a small green home design lessons on-site con­struc­tion and final fin­ish­ing hours, which fur­ther saves new home­own­ers mon­ey.

Home­own­ers that want to lessen their month­ly bills, ensure their health and com­fort, and reduce their impact on the envi­ron­ment should con­sid­er an eco-friend­ly home, like one built with Bau­tex Wall Sys­tem. A green, sus­tain­able home built with Bau­tex Blocks is healthy, ener­gy-effi­cient, durable, good for the envi­ron­ment, and lessens con­struc­tion time.