EDUCATION

BENEFITS OF JOINING BUILT GREEN

Built Green® can improve your bottom line and your customers can get more home for their money. Homes built using the Built Green® program incorporate environmental features that add value and reduce the life-cycle cost of the home. Often these features add little or nothing to the initial cost of the home. At the highest levels of the program (4- and 5-Star) there may be some additional cost, but the cost can be outweighed by the added value of the long-term investment. Ultimately, Built Green® provides you with additional tools, adding quality and affordability.

BUILT GREEN® FOCUSES ON GREEN FEATURES CONSUMERS WANT

Consumer surveys show a rapidly increasing interest in environmentally-friendly or "green" home features like those promoted through the Central Washington Built Green® program. Today's homebuyers seek greater comfort and health, increased durability, and the satisfaction of knowing they are protecting the environment.

IT SHOWS YOU ARE WILLING TO DO MORE

You are probably including many Built Green® features in your homes already. By offering a home certified in the Built Green® program, you help consumers instantly recognize the extra care you put into both building their home and protecting our environment. The Built Green® logo says your project will be extra energy-efficient, healthier indoors, and crafted with superior workmanship.

IT OPENS THE DOOR TO GREEN MORTGAGES

Several lending institutions have begun pilot loan programs that offer "green" mortgage financing to consumers whose homes meet specific "green" criteria, including energy efficiency. In addition, Built Green's waste-reduction practices are designed to help your competitiveness and bottom line by helping you to reduce costs.

ADDED QUALITY

Many environmentally-friendly products provide multiple benefits that translate to improved performance of the home and increased customer satisfaction. Below are some examples of the types of features that could be included inside a Built Green® home.

Quality-Enhancing Features Of Built Green®

  • Controlled Ventilation and Filtration – goes beyond code to provide a safer and healthier indoor environment.
  • "Friendly" Paints, Sealers, Adhesives and Solvents – low-toxic formulas reduce exposure to harmful chemicals.
  • Extra Energy Efficient Shell – going beyond code, the home provides a quieter, more comfortable interior appreciated by homeowners.
  • Recycled-Content Carpeting – looks and performs like conventional synthetic carpeting; is highly resistant to fading, stains, and static shock.
  • Natural Alternatives to Wood – for flooring and countertops, bamboo, cork, and linoleum, for example, offer a natural look while being more stable and long-lasting than conventional products.
  • Innovative Bio-Composite Products – new products add decorative style to a home on the market.
  • Recycled-Content Ceramic Tile – performs like conventional ceramic tile.
  • "Friendly" Insulation – several varieties available including low toxic, recycled content, and high-density options.

Quality-Enhancing Exterior Features

  • Fiber Cement Siding – lasts 30 years longer than conventional siding products and is easier to maintain.
  • Drought-tolerant Landscaping – protects and beautifies the site, reduces water consumption and routine yard maintenance.
  • Erosion Control and Preservation of Topsoil – protects soil during construction from washing away into streams and also works to reapply topsoil after construction to help plants grow better and require less irrigation.

ADDED AFFORDABILITY

Buyers save money because energy-efficient homes generate lower utility bills and maintenance costs. Now, it may also be possible to qualify for a higher loan amount and buy a better home for a lower monthly cost.

Additional Dollar-Saving Features Of Built Green®

  • Advanced Framing Technique – provides more insulation while reducing lumber costs by 10% or more.
  • Passive Solar Sitting and Design – uses nature's energy, not the utility's, to supplement heating and lighting.
  • Radiant Floor Heating – generating an ambient temperature of 65 degrees can provide the same comfort as a forced air system generating an ambient temperature of 72 degrees, shaving 20% to 40% off heating bills.
  • Compact Fluorescent Lighting – uses one-quarter to one-third as much electricity as incandescent and lasts 10 times longer.
  • Front Loading (Horizontal-Axis) Washing Machines - use one-third as much water as conventional washers, reducing water and energy use by two-thirds. They are also quieter and cause less wear on fabrics.
  • Native Landscaping – reduces water consumption by as much as 50%; requires less maintenance and little to no chemical treatments.
  • Water-conserving Showerheads and Faucets – can cut hot water use in half, saving a family of four 14,000 gallons of water a year and the energy required to heat it.

For more information see the Builder's Handbook

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