New home construction is slowly picking back up and green building options now make up the portfolios of a wide array of home builders. The demand for green building options is of course driving this development, but its popularity has always been a known driving force in the home building industry. After all, consumers who had the funds required to commission a custom built home, generally also envisioned money saving and environmentally friendly options that seemed to naturally go together.
The majority of green building options involve the use of material choices. These are materials which may be ecologically sound, derived from environmentally friendly locales, or simply comprised of renewable resources. At the same time, in some cases green building options can be something as simple as determining the direction a house should face, just to capitalize on the sun exposure and also the natural runoff the site possesses. The former helps with the regulation of heat and cold, while the latter greatly influences the landscaping.
The popularity of green building options requires construction workers to undergo a new level of education that allows them to make good use of the improved building materials at their disposal. Moreover, in some cases the use of conventional building materials concurrently with environmentally friendly materials is not indicated, and unless a construction team is trained in the adequate use of available materials, the full benefit cannot be reaped. In this case, the popularity of green building options is also leading to a niche in the construction industry, the creation of green collar jobs, and a run on community colleges that offer construction workers the coursework needed.