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.
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.
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.