Which house is greenest? A green house is not the most space for the least money. It’s the one with the least impact on the environment. It “treads lightly on the land.”
Green building and house size. A big house can be green. But a smaller house will always be greener because fewer resources were used to build it and less energy is needed to heat and cool it.
Cost savings. If you build in a place with good public transportation, you may not need that second car. This will save money and reduce your impact on the environment.
Energy savings. Always opt for the choice that saves energy. This will lower your utility bill and save money; it also reduces the environmental impact of your house.
Sometimes green is not your best option. The number of building materials that are manufactured with recycled content from renewable sources, or are in some other way green, has exploded over the last 10 years. There are now green products in almost every building category. But being green is not enough. The product also has to perform as well as the one it seeks to replace.