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Green Home Building

Kentucky recently became the fourth state in the country to adopt a green building initiative.

It encourages home builders to construct new homes that use greener methods.

One local builders is taking that to heart and constructing homes that are designed to be environmentally friendly.

This home isn't just green in color, its built green.

"Everybody wants to be green its the popular thing to do. What a lot of us in the business like to refer to it as it is sustainable construction." says Jason DeBold

As a builder Jason Debold considers the home a system-in his mind its his job to make sure everything in the home works more efficiently.

"The big polluters is not our vehicles its our buildings that we live in and work in-those are the areas where you can really have a significant impact on the pollution you create."

Green home construction often generates less waste during the process and builders often use a lot of natural resource materials.

In this home there is stone flooring, rock for the fireplace was quarried on site and the stairs are made from local trees.

When DeBold began construction on this Woodford county home a year ago, it looked like many others, but its what you don't see that makes it green.

"This home is actually panelized so this entire home is constructed out of these panels, the roof and walls."

It looks like Styrofoam, but in fact DeBold says this polystyrene product its very resource friendly and seals up the home tighter than standard products.

When less energy is used, the more affordable Debold says your home can be.

This home uses a geothermal system, relying on the earths core temperature to heat and cool the home.

"This actually pumps a gel down about 150ft underground and the temperature in this part of the country is about a constant 57 degrees."

Outside, some features might go unnoticed as green, but they are.

DeBold believes more overhang like this helps keep moisture and sunlight from penetrating the house.

A good hat on a house is important.

This metal roof can sometimes last up to 50 years. And its one hundred percent recyclable.

Covered in a metallic fiber, even the windows have a job to do.

"What they do is they reflect the sun's heat out and during the winter they reflect heat back in."

But are all of these options cost effective for the average Kentuckian?

DeBold says you have to weigh the initial investment to the long term savings.

Some builders say green home building can increase the cost of a home anywhere from one to three percent.


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