In this NowComment article, I went over the issue of air pollution within my state of Utah. Specifically, how within the next 4 years, homes will overtake industrial factories and power plants and become the biggest contributor to air pollution. A new trend that’s been popping up in Salt Lake City may be the remedy to this worsening crisis.
Recently, new “net zero energy/zero emissions” houses have been guilt around the city in order to combat air pollution. These efficient homes use a series of techniques, including thicker walls for insulation, installations of energy efficient furnaces and other energy efficient appliances, sealed windows and doors, and more energy efficient tools like lawnmowers or what have you. This could not only lead to less pollution being emitted from a house, but it can severely lower ones energy bill.
One main objection that can arise from this solution is the price of building such structures. These more energy efficient homes can cost up to 2% to 5% more than a regular house. With the issue of air pollution, there would need to be a vast majority of these houses in order to make an actual impact on emissions, which is when that 2-5% uptick in price can make a real difference.
Despite this, the solution provided is still certainly feasible. That uptick in price can be made over from saving on energy bills, and can certainly be effective when more and more buildings move to this model of construction.