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Are Green Certified New Homes Worth More?

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Oct 25, 2012 @ 06:10 AM

Raleigh NC Green Certified Homes

3rd Quarter 2012 Closed Sales Report

Is a green or energy star certified home really worth more?  YES!  Karin Argeris at Quick Turn Appraisals studies Triangle MLS data every quarter, and shares the bottom line.

New Green Homes Raleigh NC

During the 3rd quarter of 2012, a total of 1112 new homes were sold in the Triangle, according to the Triangle MLS.

A total of 300 homes were Energy Star certified.  Energy Star certified homes sold for $1.56 more per square foot, and sold 39 days quicker.

Green Certified Homes Sold for 27% More

A total of 71 homes were Green certified.  Green certified homes showed a significant value increase over non-green homes, at $31.77 more per square foot. 

Green certified homes also sold 45 days quicker than their non-certified counterparts.

Why Should I Build Green?

What are the benefits of building green? You’ll see the differences every day in your new green home:

  • Reduced energy bills

  • Reduced reliance on natural resources

  • Lower greenhouse gas output

  • Healthier indoor air

  • Increased 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.

Third Party Certified Energy Efficient Homes

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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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Why Build an ENERGY STAR Home? Sell Faster, Recoup Investment

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Dec 28, 2011 @ 13:12 PM

ENERGY STAR Qualified Homes Sell Faster, at a Higher Price

North Carolina Energy Efficiency Alliance - ENERGY STAR Qualified Home Study Results

Third Party Energy Certification

Homebuyers may be hesitant to build an ENERGY STAR home - the initial cost is about 1% more than a standard home.

But the monthly energy cost savings (through reduced energy needs, government incentives, and energy company discounts), increases in comfort, benefits to the environment, and home loan incentives are helping homebuyers across the nation make the decision to go ENERGY STAR.

Now, you have a new reason to build ENERGY STAR: statistically significant market advantages.

The North Carolina Energy Efficiency Alliance (NCEEA) recentlly completed a study investigating the market advantages of ENERGY STAR qualification for new homes around the greater Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina.

The study analyzed Triangle MLS homes, including:

  • A random sample of ENERGY STAR Homes
  • A random sample of homes with no building certifications (with similar third party appraisal values)

ENERGY STAR Homes were found to have a significant market advantage, compared to similar code-built, uncertified homes, in each of these categories:

  • Selling for a higher sale price
  • Selling for a higher price per square foot, or
  • Having spent fewer days on the market prior to sale. 

While ENERGY STAR homes also sold for a greater proportion of their list price, these results of the study were not found to be statistically significant.

No matter when you're planning to move again, having a home that's easy to sell when the time comes will make a big difference.

The Benefits of an ENERGY STAR Qualified Home

Here is a summary of the study's results:

Third Party Energy Certification

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stanton Homes is an ENERGY STAR Qualified custom home builder, and will work with you to incorporate all of the energy saving features you’re looking for.

Read the entire NCEEA ENERGY STAR Home study 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.

Third Party Energy Certification
 

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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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What is a HERS Score? How Energy Efficient is Your New Home?

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Apr 22, 2011 @ 08:04 AM

What is a Home Energy Rating Score (HERS) Rating?

How Energy Efficient is Your New Home?


Any home can be "rated" for energy efficiency by a certified third party Home Energy Rater, such as Southern Energy Management.

Whether you're building a new home or buying an older home, a HERS score will help you understand how much energy will be required throughout the year.

What is a Home Energy Rating Score (HERS) Rating?  

The home energy rater will provide an analysis of the home, including:

  • Review of floor plans
  • Onsite inspections
  • Blower door test: to test the leakiness of the house
  • Duct test: to test the leakiness of the ducts
  • Thermal bypass checklist: to discover areas where air can bypass insulation

A complex software program analyzes all the data, and provides a HERS Index score for the home.

 

Various aspects of the home can affect energy efficiency, such as:

  • Insulation: is it properly installed and sealed?
  • Windows: are they coated for all types of weather?
  • Ducts: are they sealed from moisture, pollen, and dust?
  • Appliances: are they designed to conserve water and energy?
  • HVAC systems: are they designed to conserve energy?

 

What is a HERS point?

Each 1 point reduction implies a 1% energy savings versus standard construction.

A new home built to standard construction guidelines generally has a HERS (Home Energy Rating Score) of 100.


In comparison, a home with a HERS Index score of 150 will most likely require 50% more energy than a home built to today's standards of a 100 HERS score.
A home with a HERS Index score of 75 will require 25% less energy than a home built to today's standards.

What is a Home Energy Rating Score (HERS) Rating?


What are other common HERS scores?

ENERGY STAR Construction = 85

A new home built to ENERGY STAR guidelines generally has a HERS of 85 or below.

Yearly energy costs in an ENERGY STAR qualified home are planned to be 15% lower than in a home built to standard construction.

20 Year Old Home = 120 to 150

In general, older homes have higher energy requirements.  This can vary greatly depending on the home and any improvements made, such as adding higher quality insulation, windows, or appliances, so it is a very good idea to have an older home rated before purchase.

70 Year Old Home = 250???

Homes that are 70 years old or older have the lowest energy efficiency.  But energy requirements will still vary significantly depending on the improvements made to the home.

A score of 200 means that yearly energy costs will be 100% higher than in a home built to today's standard construction.

What Should I Consider Before Buying My New Home?

It's wise to consider not just the price tag of the home, but also the price tag of the monthly energy costs.

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.

What is a Home Energy Rating Score (HERS) Rating?

 

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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.

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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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