Choosing a Green Builder
Going green isn’t just a fad, it’s a near-future necessity. When shopping for a home, one of the most important steps is to choose a builder who is committed to energy-efficiency. Here’s how to know:
- 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.
- 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.
- If not certified with LEED, does the builder follow any LEED-specific guidelines, such as producing less building materials waste and choosing sustainable sites?
- Is the builder willing to make floor plan changes to be more consistent with energy-efficient characteristics, such as adding south-facing windows?
- 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?
- 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.