Welcome to Green Living by Durango Homes. Our passion is building high performance, energy efficient, and sustainable homes in the Kansas City marketplace. Our eco-friendly, functional home designs offer new home buyers value and savings for years to come.

Beautiful new home designs satisfy not only energy efficiency and performance standards, but the functionality is certain to gratify the distinctive tastes of today’s new home buyer. Let us show you how we can design an energy efficient, healthy, green home for you. Our goal is to educate and demonstrate how we can conserve energy through the design and implementation of proven green building practices. Additionally, we want you to experience how these practices are not only valuable, but affordable. Despite increased awareness with green building, there is still some confusion on the subject. For some experts, these “best green practices” can be broken down into a few core guiding principles:

Environmentally Friendly Lot Design, Preparation and Development - Green homes use environmentally conscious design in their planning and site orientation. This practice maximizes natural sunlight for natural heat and light, as well as shade for cooling. Resource-efficient site design and development practices help reduce the environmental impacts and improve the energy performance of new housing. For instance, site design principles such as saving trees, constructing onsite storm water/infiltration features, and orienting homes to maximize passive solar heating and cooling are basic processes used in the design and construction of green homes.

Resource Efficiency - A typical green home uses resource efficient methods by incorporating advanced recycled and durable building materials. Most successful green homes start with the consideration of the environment in the design phase, the time during which material selection occurs. Creating resource-efficient designs and using resource efficient materials can maximize function while optimizing the use of natural resources. For instance, engineered wood products can help optimize resources by using materials where more than 50% of the log is converted into structural lumber than conventional dimensional lumber. Resource efficiency also relates to reduction in jobsite waste by implementing a construction waste management plan.

Energy Efficiency - No matter what the climate, energy efficiency is considered a priority in most existing green building programs. Energy consumption has far reaching environmental impacts, from the mining of fossil-fuel energy sources to the environmental emissions of burning non-renewable energy sources. Therefore, energy efficiency is weighed heavily in most green building programs. In short, this might be explained in the following way: using energy efficient designs and materials while building a “tighter” home to prevent HVAC loss. An energy efficient home is environmentally friendly because lower electricity and natural gas consumption reduces air pollution created by power plants, and burning natural gas. In fact, air pollution from these sources will be the most significant environmental impact a home has on our environment. These pollutants, which include greenhouse gases and others, have been linked to our world's most pertinent environment crisis - global warming. Additionally, these pollutants are responsible for toxins such as acid rain and the need for many of our Code Red Air Quality Days.

Water Efficiency - A water-conserving home is more environmentally friendly because water is a limited natural resource and conserving water is less taxing on our environment. Using water efficiently helps to ensure an adequate supply will be available for years to come. The importance of water resources is becoming increasingly recognized as an important issue, especially in the western third of the United States. Green homes often conserve water both indoors and out. More efficient water delivery systems indoors and native and drought-resistant landscaping choices outdoors can help prevent unnecessary waste of valuable water resources.

Indoor Environmental Air Quality - Healthy indoor environments attract many people to green building. Materials used to construct homes often contain harmful chemicals which are emitted to the indoor environment. After energy efficiency, the quality of a home’s indoor air is often cited as the most important feature of green homes. An increase in reported allergies and respiratory issues and the use of chemicals that can off-gas from building materials have contributed to a heightened awareness of the air we breathe inside our homes. We might briefly explain the solution in the following way: to promote a healthy indoor air environment through the use of low VOC products and using fresh-air ventilation to exhaust stale indoor air.

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