5 Myths about Green Building

From on September 18, 2007 in Green Remodeling

A number of myths have grown up around the topic of Green Building that should be shattered. These are:

  • Green, or Sustainable Building is prohibitively expensive
  • All VOC products are designated as such
  • Green Building is only for hippies, or Californians
  • You can always trust a product that has a Green label
  • Solar panels only work in sunny weather

Myth 1: Green, or Sustainable Building is prohibitively expensive

The Green Building world has made the life cycle concept much more meaningful since a green project isn’t just about the cost of the materials and labor. It’s about things like reduced energy costs, reduced shipping costs, reduced medical costs, reduced replacement costs, and reduced “environmental footprint.”

Myth 2: All VOC products are designated as such

The term VOC stands for volatile organic compound. The government regulates VOCs because of smog issues and air pollution and therefore doesn’t designate all VOC products as such. Two very toxic chemicals – acetone and ammonia – are not designated as VOCs by the government.

Myth 3: Green Building is only for hippies, or Californians

Green Building has gone mainstream. It isn’t just for hippies or Californians anymore. It isn’t a reaction to a health crisis, or the energy crisis, but actually a natural evolution that includes benefits in both of those areas, and many more to boot. While Green Building is very popular in Europe, the US government promotes it in their design, products and strategies, more and more Americans are insisting upon it.

Myth 4: You can always trust a product that has a Green label

Unfortunately, the labeling of a product as Green doesn’t necessarily mean that it is actually Green. Standardization of labeling and Green product information is still in the works.

Myth 5: Solar panels only work in sunny weather

Solar electric power systems work anywhere that the sun shines.