Green Building 101
Green Building, also known as high performance building or sustainable construction has been practiced by builders and remodelers for centuries but the modern era of sustainable construction started in the 1970's as oil prices rose and the need for energy efficiency increased.
High performance or "Green" buildings are designed and constructed to incorporate environmental considerations and resource efficiency into every step of the home building and land development process with the goal to minimize its environmental impact. Green Building is a practical response to a variety of issues that affect all of us - like increasing energy prices, waning water resources, and changing weather patterns.
Choosing Green means making intentional decisions about:
Green homes provide many benefits to the occupants and the community. However, when surveyed, homebuyers consistently rate the following three categories as the most important:
A Healthy Place to Live - Homes are healthier places to live for their occupants when they are dry, ventilated, and the contaminants within the building envelope are limited.
Lower Operating Costs - This is one of the most common reasons for consumers to Build Green - lower operating costs. Energy and water-efficient homes cost less to operate. Many consumers are willing to pay a little more on the front end for features if their investment will pay them back over time.
A Contribution to a Sustainable Lifestyle - Many of today's buyers are seeking homes and communities that improve their quality of life. These buyers are looking for features that are good for the environment, increase their home's durability and are easier to maintain. Homes and communities building with this in mind often offer community resources within walking distance. Green Certified homes are designed and built to have a smaller environmental impact.