If you are looking to build an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) or convert a garage into additional living or office space, still, you want to be environmentally responsible about it, here are some ways that you can do just that.
Green construction has become more of a common trend over the past few years and is continuing to increase in popularity. And if you are planning to build or convert an ADU, you’re already taking steps toward green construction. The square footage of an ADU requires less energy and has less of an impact on the environment. And by following the tips below, you can help the environment even more:
Use Sustainable Construction Materials
Try to use recycled and recyclable materials when building. Examples include recycled linoleum, cork, and bamboo. Some of these materials can last more than 20 years and can be recycled afterward.
When designing your ADU, try to keep water conservation in mind. Look for low-flow faucets and toilets, as well as tankless water heaters. Also, consider purchasing Energy Star-rated appliances.
Harness Solar Power
Depending on the geographical location of your ADU, you may be able to maximize energy by using solar power. If you are considering doing this, consult with your building and design team before beginning construction so that they can help you determine the best placement and designs to benefit from solar power.
Use Green Materials for Your Roof
Some roof materials are designed to reflect the sun’s heat away from the roof of the home. This will keep your home cooler and help reduce energy costs. These materials generally cost more upfront but will last longer and help reduce your energy costs overall.
These are just a few of the ways that you can go green while building and designing your ADU. There are many other environmentally friendly options to keep in mind while building, and an ADU contractor can help lead you in the right direction.
If you are planning to build an ADU or any other type of home addition, or have any questions, contact us today at Levi Construction!