Inspiration for green homes can be found everywhere. Where, you ask? Well for starters, we at GreenHomeImprovement.com found it with the World Green Building Council, during World Green Building Week in September. Along with hosting green building conferences and round-tables on 6 continents, GBCs all over came together in the report Tackling Local Climate Change: Meeting Local Priorities. This informative and hope-inspiring report gives us a picture of green building efforts from Brazil to Japan, and shows how we homeowners in North America are part of a massive world-wide push for greener living.
Simple, fast and effective: in Cape Town, South Africa, 2300 low-income homes are being retrofitted for energy efficiency. Three simple changes—solar water heaters, insulated ceilings and energy-efficient light bulbs—are being done to each home, and it is expected to save the city a great deal in energy, and each resident a great deal in money for basic utilities.
Ciudad Verde: in Bogotá, Colombia, a new Green City is in planning, which will combine green open spaces with 36,000 (!!) green low-income homes. “Green City demonstrates that it is possible to develop scaled solutions for lower income families in ways that are socially responsible and in harmony with the environment.” Amazing.
Silver Lining: After the devastating brushfires that burned schools and over 2,000 homes to the ground last year, Australia is implementing programs to ‘Build it Back Green’, enabling homeowners who are starting over to easily find green solutions for rebuilding.
Pay As You Save: In the UK, to offset the costs of energy-efficient remodeling for homes, a plan is now in place to enable homeowners to “pay off” the costs of refurbishment with the money they save in reduced heating costs. “PAYS could have a major impact on making mainstream low carbon refurbishment a reality, by bringing the upfront cost of refurbishment down to zero, while providing month on month savings…”
These and many other exciting steps are being taken ‘round the world to make it easy to make green homes a possibility. The U.S. and Canada have no shortage of incentives as well. Check out the state and local incentives for your area, and join the green movement by making your home a part of it.