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Go Green

Take small steps to make a big difference

Making simple changes, like replacing your light bulbs with ENERGY STAR compact fluorescents (CFLs), conserving water, or incorporating green building design in the plans of your new home, save you money and help the environment. Small efforts can make a big difference.
 
What is a Green Building? 
A green building: 
•    operates energy efficiently
•    conserves water 
•    is comfortable, safe and healthy
•    is durable and maintainable with minimal environmental impact
•    indoor air quality
 

HVAC
Energy efficiency can mean a right-sized HVAC unit or a geothermal system.
STRUCTURAL
Using engineered lumber and OVE cuts the amount of wood required for a house.
INSULATION
Correct installation is critical no matter what kind of insulation is used.
SOLAR
Attention to design and site selection are essential for efficient solar energy.
PLUMBING
Whether the water heater has a tank or is tankless, it can be green.
FLOORING
Bamboo and finished concrete both mean sustainability and durability.

Green-Building Myths 

Myth #1: Green building is very expensive
This is a very common misconception. But the simple fact is that there are plenty of strategies for inexpensive green building, from right-sizing the structure to optimal value engineering to reducing waste, among many others. While green building can cost more, a well designed green building pays itself back almost immediately.

Myth #2: Green homes are “ugly.” When you build a green built home, it will look just as any other traditional built home; only its performance will differ.  You can custom design your home – from plans, from the ground up.  If anything, your new green built home will be more beautiful because of the time and care through its planning.

Myth #3: Green building products don’t work as well. “Green products” are designed to perform better than conventional products, without the environmental impact.  Much as a poor performing conventional product will get pulled off store shelves, so will a green product & so its manufacturer will improve its performance.  In the construction of your Green House, you’re investing in a more energy efficient, more durable, and less costly to maintain home.

Myth #4: Building a green home is too complicated. Once you get the fundamentals of it and work with an experienced professional most of green building is very fundamental, as long it starts with a tight building envelope.