Certified Green Homes
Certified green homes use a holistic approach to the construction process. Here are the 7 guiding principles of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) National Green Home Program.
To truly call yourself a “green” builder you must be constructing green-certified homes under a national or local green building program, which are certified by a credited third-party verifier. There are a few green home programs throughout the country with LEED and NAHB Green Model Home Program being the most recognized.
NAHB’s National Green Home program incorporates 7 areas of environmental concern, known as Guiding Principles, into each home. Under these 7 Guideline Principals are a variety of distinct line items that a builder can choose from in creating a green home.
The 7 Guideline Principals are:
- Lot Design, Preparation, and Development
Resource-efficient design and development practices help reduce the environmental impacts and improve the energy performance of new housing.
- Resource Efficiency
Creating resource efficient designs and using resource efficient materials can maximize function while optimizing the use of natural resources.
This is a “whole systems” approach, which incorporates, HVAC systems, foundations, insulation, windows, appliances, duct sealing; and much much more.
Green homes focus on water conservation both indoors and out.
Indoor Environmental Quality
Green homes reduce the amount of indoor toxins by eliminating the materials that off-gas harmful contaminants.
Operation Maintenance and Homeowner Education
Improper or inadequate maintenance can defeat the builder’s best efforts to create a resource efficient home.
This mainly focuses on eliminating volatile organic carbons (VOCs) found in paints, caulks, and adhesives.
Green building is much more than just reducing a home's environmental footprint, it's also about the financial, health, and peace-of-mind benefits.
Here is a list of the most common benefits of green-certified homes:
- More durable, comfortable, healthier, and efficient home
- Lower utility, maintenance, and operating costs
- Superior performance, as promised
- Reduced environmental impact
- Combats ever-increasing energy costs
- Higher resale value when you decide to move again
- Increased homeowner satisfaction
- Mortgage incentives, tax credits, and decreased insurance premiums.