NEW MEXICO ECO-HOME DESIGN APPROACHES
New Mexico's unique environment means you should take into account the following factors when buying our renovating your home. Home sustainability - the New Mexico way.
ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS : NEW MEXICO'S HOT DRY / MIXED DRY CLIMATE
“A hot-dry climate is defined as a region that receives less than 20 inches (50 cm) of annual precipitation and where the monthly average outdoor temperature remains above 45°F (7°C) throughout the year.”
(Source: Building America Best Practices Series, Volume 7.3. Guide to Determining Climate Regions by County – August 2015)
KEY ECO-FRIENDLY STRATEGIES FOR NEW MEXICO
Homes located in Hot-Dry / Mixed Dry climates require substantial air conditioning in order to maintain a comfortable living environment. Therefore a key strategy to reduce the environmental impact of these homes focuses on improving the enclosure and efficiency of HVAC systems.
- Improve the insulation of walls and attics
- Upgrade the HVAC system to a more efficient model
- Install ceiling fans and ventilation systems
In addition, these homes can conserve water by implementing the following strategies:
- Install low-flow adapters to shower heads and faucets
- Install water efficient toilets
- Replace grass lawns with water conservative plants
- Leverage automatic irrigation systems that limit wasted watering cycles
REBATES FOR HOME SUSTAINABILITY PROJECTS IN NEW MEXICO
- New Mexico has tax credits that can be applied to home improvements that make your home more eco-friendly and sustainable. These incentives can be found here.