Built Green homes can be up to 20% more efficient than conventional homes. Extra insulation; more efficient water heaters; lighting and appliances; and the use of natural daylighting techniques make building green a conscious choice to pay less in the future. The materials you choose not only help the environment, but also mean that your home needs less time and resources for future maintenance and replacements.
Does anyone in your family suffer from allergies and asthma symptoms? The improved indoor air quality in Built Green homes provides relief for young and old alike.
Building Green doesn’t necessarily mean a higher dollar amount—just like any good investment, the benefits are experienced throughout the lifetime of the home, whether in reduced utility bills or cleaner air. Invest in your home—in your future budget, your family’s health, and the environment.
REASONS TO BUY A BUILT GREEN HOME
LOWER OPERATING COSTS
BETTER INDOOR AIR QUALITY
SUPERIOR SEALING FROM THE ELEMENTS
USES NATURAL RESOURCES RESPONSIBLY
HEALTHIER YARD WITH HOMEGROWN TOPSOIL
REDUCES DEPENDENCE ON FOSSIL FUELS & PROMOTES CLEANER AIR
Using low volatile organic compounds (VOC) and low-toxic interior paints and finishes reduces toxins. These safer materials partnered with smart ventilation techniques increases indoor air quality, which can be especially helpful for residents with asthma or sensitivities to allergens.
A Built Green® home typically saves money on operating costs because of more efficient energy use with features like extra insulation, high efficiency water heaters, lighting and appliances, and the use of natural daylighting techniques. Many Built Green features also save money on construction costs up-front. Energy-efficiency improvements can make a home 20 percent more efficient (a conservative estimate for many green homes), significantly reducing a homeowner’s annual utility bill expenses.
A Built Green home can be sealed against the outside elements with advanced caulking techniques, keeping heat in during the winter, and out during the summer.
Built Green® builders recycle as much as possible of scrap building materials such as lumber, wall board, concrete, cardboard, and packaging. Without lowering the quality of the home, they can also incorporate many materials that contain recycled or salvaged content, reducing the amount of material going to landfills.
Rapidly renewable materials such as bamboo, wheatgrass, cork and strawboard can be managed, grown, and harvested in a sustainable way, and they can effectively replace lumber from old-growth trees. Plastic lumber made from recycled jugs can also be used for decking, sills, and siding, replacing traditional wood products.
During construction of a house or development, the topsoil removed for grading can be set aside and later reapplied to the site for healthier soils. Soil amendments can be added, such as compost, to further promote a good soil for healthy lawns and gardens.
By promoting the use of local materials, transportation and other costs can be reduced. Projects can encourage less vehicle use by ensuring pedestrian and mass transit access. This reduces our foreign oil consumption and works to maintain cleaner air outdoors.
MORE FAMILY TIME
Built Green homes take less work and fewer resources to maintain because of certain materials used in the building process. For example, siding, decking and trim made from plastic lumber needs little or no painting. Durable materials such as stone, tile and slate last longer and need replacement less often.