Built Green Projects
Green Dwelling in Cle Elum (2009)
Builder: Merle Inc.
Type: 2400 square feet Single family craftsman with auxiliary living unit
For Jeff Schafer, Merle Inc., building green is just the way he has always done things. So, when it came time to construct his personal home, there was no doubt how it should be done. The 2,400 square foot, neo-Craftsman-style home (with an auxiliary living unit of 600 square feet above the garage) will be the first Built Green®-certified home in downtown Cle Elum, Washington. Schafer is working to achieve the coveted, highest 4-Star rating from the Central Washington Built Green Association.
Fifteen years ago when he started to build homes, Schafer did his homework. He attended classes, seminars, conventions and read builder magazines. He also talked with other builders. As a result of his research he began with the idea of building energy efficient homes with a focus on clean indoor air quality. The concept of green was just a starting point. He also wanted to build homes that "work; homes that will work in the future."
Homes that "work"--energy efficient, low-maintenance, and built with indoor environmental quality in mind--can often come with a bigger price tag. This is a trend that Schafer would like to help reverse. On his company website his mantra states that "...it is possible to build a beautiful home without having to break the bank." He aims to make good on that promise and prove it by opening his own home as a demonstration project. According to Schafer, "There are many money saving ideas in the green concept, you just have to look and be an active participant." Visitors to the home will see some money-saving ideas in practice, as well as many products and processes that go into a green home.