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Recycled Glass Countertops | Photos of NC Green Home Features

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Mar 19, 2012 @ 09:03 AM

Green Home Photos

Certified Green Home with Recycled Glass Countertops

This version of the "Almodovar" certified Green home includes:

 - 3003 square feet with 4 bedrooms and 2.5 bathroomsNC Green Homes | Certified Green Home Builders

 - One story floor plan with vaulted great room

 - Bamboo hardwood flooring throughout

 - Kitchen with arched opening to great room

 - Master suite with vaulted trey ceiling, walk-in closet, luxurious bathroom with soaking tub, large tile shower, plenty of storage

Recycled Glass Countertops | NC Green Homes

 

One green home feature that makes this custom design stand out is the recycled glass kitchen countertops - in "Crystal Sand" color.

Recycled glass countertops rate above granite in cost per sq ft, but offer a unique appeal and very hard surface. 

Recycled glass countertops are:

  • non-porous
  • resistant to stains and bacteria
  • sustainable

ecoSelect Third Party Energy Certification –

The ecoSelect certification in your new home indicates that the construction is designed to provide higher levels of energy efficiency, per the national HERS index, with better indoor air quality and water efficiency than standard new homes.  We're not afraid to have third party inspectors check our homes carefully, for your piece of mind and long term value.  Learn more about new homes with lower energy costs, here.

Certified Green Homes Raleigh

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Top 3 Raleigh Green Homes | Green Home Builders

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Feb 14, 2012 @ 07:02 AM

Top 3 Most Requested Green Floor Plans

NC Green Home Builders

 

In central North Carolina, green homes are generally certified by the National Association of Home Builders Green Building Program, one of five green home certification programs in North Carolina.

Here are the 3 most requested custom designed green floor plans, by Stanton Homes.  

1. The Penelope - Click here for video tour

This version of The Penelope "Silver Level" green certified through the NAHB.

Green points were earned based on dozens of factors, including:

Most Requested Floor Plans

 - Approved insulation & air sealing is installed

 - Approved ductwork is installed

- A water closet w/ an effective flush volume of 1.28 gal. or less (EPA WaterSense toilets)

 - Built-in recycling center in the kitchen and an aggregation/pick-up space 

The Penelope is copyright Stanton Homes.

 

2. The Brogan - Click here for video tour

This version of The Brogan is "Bronze Level" green certified through the NAHB.

Most Requested Floor PlansGreen points were earned based on dozens of factors, including:  

 - On-site tree trimmings are used for mulch and cut trees are recycled for lumber or pulp.

 - Framing techniques optimize material usage.

 - Water heater Energy Factor (EF) is ≥0.80

 - ENERGY STAR® or equivalent water conserving appliances installed.

 - Sediment/erosion controls are installed.

Bronze level green home certification is the most affordable way to effectively and holistically weave green building options into every step of construction.

The Brogan is Copyright Stanton Homes. 

 

3. The Azalea Park 

This version of The Azalea Park is "Bronze Level" green certified through the NAHB:

Most Requested Floor Plans

 - Island kitchen with adjacent breakfast nook

 - Vaulted family room with fireplace

 - Craftsman touches and barrel vault foyer

 - Covered front porch and screen porch 

 

The Azalea Park is Copyright Frank Betz.

In order for a home to be “certified green built,” a minimum amount of points must be earned in each of the seven green building principles. Contact green building experts at Stanton Homes for more information about building a green home anywhere across central North Carolina.

ecoSelect Third Party Energy Certification –

The ecoSelect certification in your new home indicates that the construction is designed to provide higher levels of energy efficiency, per the national HERS index, with better indoor air quality and water efficiency than standard new homes.  We're not afraid to have third party inspectors check our homes carefully, for your piece of mind and long term value.  Learn more about new homes with lower energy costs, here.

Green Home Builders Raleigh

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Rainwater Collection Systems | Raleigh Green Home Tips and Trends

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Dec 13, 2011 @ 10:12 AM

New Home Rainwater Collection Systems

What is a Rainwater Collection System?

 

Looking for ways to save energy and water in your new home? One of the best ways to cut water consumption (besides WaterSense fixtures) is rainwater collection.

Rainwater collection quick facts:

- On average, North Carolina gets about three inches of rainfall per month, throughout the entire year.

- An average 2100 sq ft home has about 3700 gallons of water falling on the roof every month.

- Rainwater is great for plants: it's oxygenated, un-chlorinated, and free.

- Rainwater collection can help reduce moisture levels around the foundation of your home.

- Rainwater collection helps protect our rivers and streams from runoff pollution.

Rainwater Collection Systems - Raleigh Green Home Builders - Raleigh New Homes that Save Water

 

What are some popular rainwater collection options?

Rainwater collection systems can consists of a simple rain barrel or a large underground storage tank connected to an irrigation system. 

Rain Barrels for Rainwater Collection

Most rain barrels are about 65 gallons.  They have a spigot to connect to a garden hose.  You can connect several rain barrels to collect overflow, or simply place one at each downspout. 

A rain barrel can fill up very quickly - even 1 inch of rain on 1000 sq ft of roof area will provide 625 gallons of water, or ten rain barrels worth. 

Rainwater Collection Systems - Raleigh Green Home Builders - Raleigh New Homes that Save WaterAbove Ground Rainwater Collection Systems

A typical above ground rainwater collection system holds about 550 gallons of water.   

An above ground collection system can collect from several gutters.  A pump can help create water pressure.  It is usually placed on a 5'x5' concrete pad, and can be screened with a small privacy fence.  An above ground rainwater collection system can be used for watering, washing driveways and cars, etc.

Underground Rainwater Collection Systems

A below ground rainwater collection system can collect water from all the home's downspouts, pending the slope of the lot and placement of the tank. 

An underground tank is typically larger than 1000 gallons, and is best utilized by connecting to an irrigation system.  What better way to keep your lawn lush and green year round!

For more information on how to include rainwater collection in your new home, contact us or call 919-278-8070. 

Want to Know More About How Rainwater Collection Systems work?

Watch this short Triangle Green Home Tour rainwater collection system video series to learn: 

- How much rainwater can be collected each year from my roof?

- What does a rainwater collection system look like?

- What different ways are there to use rainwater for irrigation?

- How much does a rainwater system cost?

 

ecoSelect Third Party Energy Certification –

The ecoSelect certification in your new home indicates that the construction is designed to provide higher levels of energy efficiency, per the national HERS index, with better indoor air quality and water efficiency than standard new homes.  We're not afraid to have third party inspectors check our homes carefully, for your piece of mind and long term value.  Learn more about new homes with lower energy costs, here.

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Green Home Building - How to Create a Green Kitchen

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Sep 26, 2011 @ 11:09 AM

How to Build a Sustainably Green Kitchen

Green Ideas for your Raleigh New Home

The following article is a guest column, courtesy of Douglas Elliman Real Estate Agency, supplying premium Brooklyn Apartments.

Everyone is jumping on the environmental bandwagon, wanting to find ways to reduce his or her carbon footprint and help make the planet healthy for future generations. If you own a home it can be difficult to decide where to begin.

Most families live in the kitchen, and most of your energy costs are generated there, too. It only makes sense to begin “greening” your home in the most popular room in the house.


Appliances

The refrigerator is the biggest energy consumer in your home. It runs and cycles 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. When it’s time to replace your refrigerator, consider downsizing. Many of us have much larger refrigerator/freezers than we really need. A smaller unit will save you money.

Also look into energy-rated appliances. They may cost more initially, but the energy savings will pay for them in the long run.

Energy Efficient Gas Stove

While you’re at it, get rid of the extra machine in the garage.

Make sure your fridge is in good working order. If you notice unusual ice buildup in the freezer or you have to crank the dial to keep it cold, have it looked at and repaired or replaced.

Improperly working machines must work harder to cool, increasing energy usage and costs.

Gas stoves and ovens are efficient, easy to use and less expensive to operate than electric. If you love the clean look of an electric cook top, make sure to buy an energy efficient induction model.

Cabinets, Countertops and Floors

If your home has been around a few years, you may have solid wood cabinetry in the kitchen that has been obscured by years of varnish or paint. Instead of gutting the entire kitchen, consider refinishing your cabinets. Sanding and re-staining your cabinet doors and adding new hardware can modernize your kitchen with minimal waste.

If you really hate the look of your cabinets, conTimberlake Cabinetrysider replacing only the doors and facings.

Incorporating dedicated bins for composting and recycling into your new cabinets will make it convenient to reduce waste.

Environmentally friendly composite countertops are available that mimic the look of stone – for a fraction of the price.

Sustainable woods like bamboo, high-quality laminates and recycled brick, tile or hardwoods are all earth-friendly choices when replacing floors.

Finally, if your current cabinets must go, consider purchasing certified green products (through the National Green Building Program), such as Timberlake Cabinetry

Water

Low Flow Faucet

The easiest thing you can do to conserve water is to install a low-flow faucet in your kitchen sink. It may take a little getting used to, but in time it will more than pay for itself.

Investing in a new dishwasher is another way to “green” your kitchen. Modern dishwashers heat the water instead of relying on water from the household heater, reducing energy loss through the pipes.

Manufacturer’s tests have shown that even the most frugal hand washers can’t beat new energy-rated appliances, which typically use less than ten gallons of water per cycle.

A few tips: Don’t rinse dishes before loading, only run the machine when it’s fully loaded and skip the dry cycle whenever possible. The water is heated to a high enough temperature to dry the dishes through evaporation if the door is left open after running.

Lighting

Replacing incandescent bulbs can reduce energy costs. The problem is that many older kitchens are equipped with tube fluorescents in large fixtures.

You may have to spend a little money to save money.

Can Lights

Have an electrician remove old fixtures and replace them with recessed lighting and LED lamps.

While that work is being done, you can also have your kitchen rewired into lighting “zones” with spotlights over work areas including the sink, the stove and the table.

You can reduce energy usage by only lighting the areas where you are working instead of the entire kitchen.

By incorporating these types of “green” features and fixtures into a sustainable kitchen design, you can do something nice for the planet and save money at the same time.

 

ecoSelect Third Party Energy Certification –

The ecoSelect certification in your new home indicates that the construction is designed to provide higher levels of energy efficiency, per the national HERS index, with better indoor air quality and water efficiency than standard new homes.  We're not afraid to have third party inspectors check our homes carefully, for your piece of mind and long term value.  Learn more about new homes with lower energy costs, here.

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How Much Does a Solar Home Cost?

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Aug 01, 2011 @ 13:08 PM

How Much does a Home with Solar PV Power Cost in Raleigh?

NC Green Home Builder Tips and Ideas

What’s it cost to include solar photovoltaic power in a new green certified home in the Raleigh area?  

The total cost of your new solar home will depend on what you want to accomplish.

The total cost of a residential solar panel system for your new green home will vary depending on things like:

  • where is your home located?
  • how big is your home?
  • what kind of design does your home have?
  • what are the conditions of your home site?

This solar calculator can give you an idea of what to expect, pending a residential solar panel evaluation.*

Residential Solar Panels | Raleigh Green Home Builders

These examples were generated from the online solar calculator at FindSolar.com.

Does Raleigh have Residential Solar Energy rebates and savings incentives?

The Raleigh area has some of the nation's most notable solar energy providers, like Southern Energy Management.  Check with a solar energy provider for information specific to your solar project.

Some of the NC green home solar energy incentives available right now include:

  • Federal Renewable Energy Tax Credit (30%)
  • NC Renewable Energy Tax Credit (35%, cap of $10,500)
  • NC GreenPower Production Initiative ($0.13/kWh)

Your energy provider can walk you through the structure of these credits.

Solar energy is typically seen as a long-term investment, for a green home you intend to live in over a long period. But even though the amount paid upfront is still significant, these rebates and incentives can reduce the overall cost for residential solar power systems to the lowest it's ever been. 

Planning ahead for Residential Solar Power Systems

When you’re building a new green home in Raleigh, ask about "solar ready" - adding future solar power capabilities during the construction stage.

Your NC green home builder can pre-wire and pre-plumb the home for either a solar electric (PV) system or a solar water heater, or both.

"Solar Ready" won’t cost very much, and the pre-planning will save a lot of money when you’re ready to install a future solar PV system or solar water heater.

*All figures provided by solar calculator at www.findsolar.com, for Raleigh 27613, $200/month electric costs, Progress Energy.  Consult with a solar provider for specific estimate for your project, and consult with a tax advisor for more information on tax credits.

Learn More About Building a Green Home in NC:

Guaranteed Energy Savings by Bayer

Raleigh Green Home Builders | New Homes with SolarBuilding a Green Home - Top Requested Features

Green Home Certification Levels - How does Green Certification Work?

WaterSense Toilets - How Much Water Do They Save, and How do They Work?

Tankless Water Heaters

Solar Water Heaters - How Do They Work, and How Much Do They Cost?

How Green Homes Get Cleaner Indoor Air | Green Home Builder Tips

Browse Floor Plans by Green Home Builders:


Whether you choose a plan from our gallery of favorite floor plans, or from any architect, Stanton Homes can add special features you won’t find in the house next door.

Browse through some of our favorite available floor plans here. Ask us about thousands of additional options, or even design/build ideas.

One Story Homes

Main Floor Master Homes

Mother in Law Homes


Here’s a look inside our featured custom homes, to give you an idea of how we build.

Ask us how many Signature features come standard. You may be surprised!

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Green Homes in NC | Simple Ways to Save Water with your new Green Home

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Apr 18, 2011 @ 13:04 PM

Choosing a Green Home in NC

5 Simple Ways a Green Certified Home can Save Water

Just one way a green certified new home can make a positive impact on the environment is by reducing the amount of water used.

Green Homes NC | Ways to Save Water at Home

Your new green certified home may include some of these water-saving features:

- Water heater located within 30 feet of pipe run of all bathrooms and kitchen.

Carefully planning the location of the bathrooms, kitchen, and water heater can result in less water wasted while waiting for hot water to travel from the water heater to your shower.

- ENERGY STAR water-conserving dishwasher and washing machine.

Before choosing your appliances, take a few extra minutes and compare not only the energy usage, but also the water usage.  A typical washing machine uses 41 gallons of water per load, but a high-efficiency washing machine uses only 28 gallons of water per load.   At 4 loads per week, you'll be saving an impressive 2700 gallons of water per year!

- Water efficient showerheads

Choosing WaterSense labeled showerheads can save a family of 4 about 3600 gallons of water per year. 

- Water efficient sink faucets

WaterSense labeled sink faucets will save a family of 4 about 900 gallons of water per year.

- Ultra low flow toilets

An ultra low flow toilet uses less than 1.6 gallons per flush.  Choosing a WaterSense labeled toilet will help a family of 4 reduce their water consumption by about 2400 gallons of water per year. 

Green Homes NC | Ways to Save Water at Home

Your new green certified home can help save nearly 10,000 gallons of water each year!

That's enough water for 660 more showers, or 357 more loads of laundry (using that high-efficiency washer!). 

*All calculations per EPA WaterSense calculator.

Choosing a Green Built Home

At Stanton Homes, we include WaterSense fixtures in every home, but not every green certified home built in the Raleigh area includes the same features.  Your green home builder will work with you to select the water saving features that work best for you.  

How Does a Green Home Get Qualified?

There are six different "systems" that a green home builder must incorporate in a Raleigh new green home.  The green home builder must address Lot Design, Resources, Energy, Water, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Operation/Maintanence in order for a Raleigh green home to be certified.

There are four different "levels" of green home certification.  For each level, the green home builder must incorporate an increasing number of indoor air quality factors. 

The features included in the green home will vary based on the floor plan, desires of the homebuyer, and budget.

Why Build Green?

Why should you consider a green home in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area?

   - Lower energy bills.
   - Less carbon footprint.
   - Healthier indoor air.
   - Reduced warranty claims.
   - Improved durability and lower maintenance.
   - Better resale value.

ecoSelect Third Party Energy Certification –

The ecoSelect certification in your new home indicates that the construction is designed to provide higher levels of energy efficiency, per the national HERS index, with better indoor air quality and water efficiency than standard new homes.  We're not afraid to have third party inspectors check our homes carefully, for your piece of mind and long term value.  Learn more about new homes with lower energy costs, here.

 

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Going for Green: High Performance Homes Outperform the Competition

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Apr 08, 2011 @ 13:04 PM

Are homebuyers gravitating towards high performance homes with “Green” certifications?

There is evidence in the Triangle MLS listings to suggest so.

According to Raleigh Quick Appraisals's review of the Triangle MLS,  2010 new construction sales showed that certified homes sold for over 10% more per square foot and in nearly 1/3 less time

Certified high performance homes can be defined by any of the following:

So far in 2011, over 30% of Triangle MLS listings for new construction homes have at least one of these certifications, with ENERGY STAR as the dominant certification.

Here are Raleigh Quick Appraisals's findings for 2010 new construction homes:

New Home Construction 2010

 

In 2009, less than 20% of new construction homes had at least one certification.

 

The results show that new homebuyers are shifting towards high performance homes with energy efficiency and "Green" certification, whether to save money with lower utility bills, increase home comfort and durability, or help sustain the environment.  

 ENERGY STAR New Home

 

 

Read the full Raleigh Quick Appraisals article here

 

 

 

ecoSelect Third Party Energy Certification –

The ecoSelect certification in your new home indicates that the construction is designed to provide higher levels of energy efficiency, per the national HERS index, with better indoor air quality and water efficiency than standard new homes.  We're not afraid to have third party inspectors check our homes carefully, for your piece of mind and long term value.  Learn more about new homes with lower energy costs, here.

 

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Why Certified Green Homes Use Fewer Resources - Designing Your Home

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Jan 24, 2011 @ 12:01 PM
 

Designing Your New Green Home Floorplan for Maximum Efficiency

Easy Ways to Make Any Home More Efficient

If you're considering building or buying a new green certified home in the Raleigh area, you'll want to know what, exactly,Raleigh Green Homes | NC Green Home Builders a "certified green home" means!

To make the grade, your new Raleigh green home must be evaluated in six different aspects of construction: Lot Design, Resource Efficiency, Energy Efficiency, Water Efficiency, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Operation/Maintanence. 

How Does Resource Efficiency work, when designing your floor plan?

Every home is just a little different, but with a little effort, nearly any home can be certified green built.  A home is certified green when a minimum number of points are earned in each of the six categories.  The "green points" earned by your Raleigh green home builder will vary, depending on the type of site, location, type of home, budget, and your own priorities. 

Here's how resource efficiency can affect the design of your new certified green home.

Size of Home -

The NAHB Research Center national survey has determined average home size, broken down by number of bedrooms.

  • 2 Bedrooms = 1,382 sq ft
  • 3 Bedrooms = 1,890 sq ft
  • 4 Bedrooms = 2,648 sq ft
  • 5+ Bedrooms = 3,424 sq ft

Your new green home will earn points towards green home certification if the total heated square footage is below these averages. 

For example, a 4 bedroom home at 2555 sq ft earns 1 point, while a 2267 sq ft four bedroom home earns 4 points towards green home certification.

Layout of Home:

There are many ways a home can be designed for better efficiency.  Here are some of the methods your builder can use to maximize the use of resources without changing the overall size of the home.

  • One side of a window or door opening is at a regular 16" or 24" stud position.
  • Modular (standard) window sizes are used, with both side studs located at normal 16" or 24" stud positions.
  • The building width is evenly divisible by four feet in the direction parallel to the primary joist span.
  • The building length is evenly divisible by two feet in the direction perpendicular to the primary joist span.

These are just a few of the ways any home can be designed and built in a more efficient manner.

Certified green homes must meet specific guidelines, and must be inspected by third party verifiers.  However, the attributes for each green home will vary, due to site conditions, budget, and level of green certification desired.

There are four basic levels of certification through the NAHB Green Building program: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Emerald.

Buying a Raleigh Green Home?

Ask the seller or builder to provide you with the green home certificate.  This certificate is issued upon completion of the home, and will specify the level of the certification.

Building a Raleigh Green Home?

Discuss your green building priorities with your NC green home builder.  They will help you determine which level of green building certification best meets your budget and desires.  If you opt for a certified green home, you'll receive an official certificate from a third party verifier like the NAHB upon completion of your new Raleigh NC green home.

ecoSelect Third Party Energy Certification –

The ecoSelect certification in your new home indicates that the construction is designed to provide higher levels of energy efficiency, per the national HERS index, with better indoor air quality and water efficiency than standard new homes.  We're not afraid to have third party inspectors check our homes carefully, for your piece of mind and long term value.  Learn more about new homes with lower energy costs, here.

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How Your Lot Can Make Your New Home Greener | Raleigh Green Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Dec 13, 2010 @ 09:12 AM

How Lot Design and Development Can Make Your New Home Greener

Tips for Certified Raleigh Green Homes

If you're considering building or buying a new green certified home in the Raleigh area, you'll want to know what, exactly,Raleigh Green Homes | NC Green Home Builders a "certified green home" means!

To make the grade, your new Raleigh green home must be evaluated in six different aspects of construction: Lot Design, Resource Efficiency, Energy Efficiency, Water Efficiency, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Operation/Maintanence. 

How Does Lot Design, Preparation and Development work?

Every lot is just a little different.  The "points" earned by your Raleigh green home builder will vary, depending on the type of site, location, type of home, budget, and your own priorities.  Here are some factors that may be considered.

Lot Selection - Is your new home lot within 5 miles of a mass transit station with parking?  Is it an infill lot?  Are community resources within walking distance?

Lot Design: Natural Resources - Does the on site supervisor have training in natural resource protection? 

Lot Design: Slope Disturbance - Is slope disturbance minimized?  Are steep slopes avoided?  Are driveways aligned with natural topography? 

Lot Design: Soil Disturbance and Erosion - Are construction activities scheduled to minimize length of time soils are exposed?  Are clearing and grading limits clearly marked on the site plan?

Lot Design: Storm Water Management - Are permeable materials considered for driveways, walkways and patios?  Is a rain garden a possibility? Are natural water and drainage features preserved?

Lot Design: Landscape Plan - Are grasses and plants chosen that are native or regionally appropriate?  Is the amount of grass (turf) limited?  Are plants with similar watering needs grouped together?  Are tree trimmings used to provide mulch, and cleared trees recycled as sawn lumber or mulch?

Lot Construction - Are limits of clearing and grading staked out?  Is topsoil stockpiled and stabilized for later use?  Is on-site supervision present during clearing, grading, trenching, etc to ensure green development practices are implemented?

Innovative Practices - Are driveways or parking areas shared between homes?  Is a light colored hardscape used?

Certified green homes must meet specific guidelines, and must be inspected by third party verifiers.  However, the attributes for each green home will vary, due to site conditions, budget, and level of green certification desired.

There are four basic levels of certification through the NAHB Green Building program: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Emerald.

Buying a Raleigh Green Home?

Ask the seller or builder to provide you with the green home certificate.  This certificate is issued upon completion of the home, and will specify the level of the certification.

Building a Raleigh Green Home?

Discuss your green building priorities with your NC green home builder.  They will help you determine which level of green building certification best meets your budget and desires.  If you opt for a certified green home, you'll receive an official certificate from a third party verifier like the NAHB upon completion of your new Raleigh NC green home.

Learn More About Raleigh Green Home Building:

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How Many Green Points Do You Need? | Green Home Builders Raleigh

Posted by Penn Hull on Thu, Nov 11, 2010 @ 08:11 AM

How does Green Home Certification Work?

Green Home Builders Raleigh

If you're considering building or buying a new green certified home in the Raleigh area, you'll want to have a basic understanding of what, exactly, a "certified green home" means!

Certified green homes must meet specific guidelines, and must be inspected by third party verifiers. 

There are four basic levels of certification through the NAHB Green Building program: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Emerald.

If you choose to have a certified green home, your green home builder will be able to provide a physical certificate showing which level your new Raleigh green home has been certified at.

Green Homes Raleigh NC

Green Home Certificate Basics:

Each certified green home must meet minimum standards in six different aspects of construction: Lot Design, Resource Efficiency, Energy Efficiency, Water Efficiency, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Operation/Maintanence. 

Green Home Certification - What Color is Your Home?

Your new NAHB certified green home should meet one of the following standards:

Bronze Level - this is the most basic green home certification through the NAHB Green Building program.  A total of 222 points are required.

Silver Level - a Silver Level home must "earn" an additional 184 points to meet this higher certification level.  A Silver Level green certified home has significantly more features throughout the home that meet higher standards.

Gold Level - a Gold Level green certified home must earn nearly 2.5 times the number of points that a Bronze Level green certified home is required to earn.   Gold Level green certified homes are very rare, and are usually at the very high end of the budget.

Emerald Level - an Emerald Level green certified home has maximum green technology.  An Emerald Level home requires very specific planning throughout every step of the process, and this certification can only be obtained on certain sites, depending on the site requirements.

Buying a Raleigh Green Home?

Ask the seller to provide you with the green home certificate.  This certificate is issued upon completion of the home, and will specify the level of the certification.

Building a Raleigh Green Home?

Discuss your green building priorities with your green home builder.  They will help you determine which level of green building certification best meets your budget and desires.  If you opt for a certified green home, you'll receive an official certificate from a third party verifier like the NAHB upon completion of your new Raleigh green home.

ecoSelect Third Party Energy Certification –

The ecoSelect certification in your new home indicates that the construction is designed to provide higher levels of energy efficiency, per the national HERS index, with better indoor air quality and water efficiency than standard new homes.  We're not afraid to have third party inspectors check our homes carefully, for your piece of mind and long term value.  Learn more about new homes with lower energy costs, here.

 

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