Going green isn’t just a fad, it’s a near-future necessity. When you’re shopping for a home, one of the most important steps is to choose a builder who is committed to energy-efficiency.
Choosing a green builder
Here’s how to know:
1. Does the builder have green-specific certifications, such as LEED or NAHB Green? Some states also offer additional certifications for builders who employ eco-friendly building standards.
2. Is the builder an ENERGY STAR builder? To qualify, the company must build at least one ENERGY STAR-qualified home every 12 months, and be certified by a Home Energy Rater. Visit the ENERGY STAR Partner Locator to find out whether your potential builder is certified, at www.energystar.gov.
3. If not certified with LEED, does the builder follow any LEED-specific guidelines, such as producing less building materials waste and choosing sustainable sites?
4. Is the builder willing to make floorplan changes to be more consistent with energy-efficient characteristics, such as adding south-facing windows?
5. Does the builder work with green-certified architects, brokers (ecobroker.com), landscapers, or other eco-friendly companies? If not, can the builder recommend some who are certified?
6. Does the builder offer – or suggest – energy-saving components, such as tankless water heaters or radiant barriers?
Courtesy of Proud Green Home www.proudgreenhome.com