More than ever, homeowners are looking to build smaller, more efficient, “green” homes. Why? Because, green homes cut down on energy costs by way of extra insulation, more-efficient water heaters, lighting and appliances, and the use of natural daylighting techniques. Additionally, many green homes save money on construction costs up-front due to their smaller size. The green house plans in this collection pay special care to window placement and overhangs, so that the amount of sunlight entering the home is controlled properly. Our green home plan designs also anticipate insulation and wall systems ideal for extreme hot and cold temperatures, where the HVAC loads will be high. Although choosing the right materials and measuring performance are key factors in sustainable living, "going green" is more than that. Green is a design concept. A great home that anticipates your family's future needs may eliminate the building of yet another home that will consume additional materials, energy and money. In other words, a true green home must be a well-designed, attractive, flexible home that is a joy to live in for years to come.