The Advantages of a Built Green Home
Built Green is an environmental building program proven to provide you with a healthier, more efficient house. Built Green homes are attractive, comfortable, durable, environmentally friendly and they can cost you less to own and operate.
A Built Green home can be:
- Less expensive to operate. Energy- and water-efficient features mean you can save money each month on operating costs.
- Healthier and more comfortable. Less toxic materials, well-designed ventilation, and efficient heating and cooling with a tightly sealed, well-insulated building envelope can mean you will breathe fresher air and have fewer drafts.
- More durable and lower maintenance. Careful selection of a building’s materials, its design, and its placement on its site can mean fewer replacement costs and effort.
- A smart investment. Real estate data is showing that certified homes sell faster and for more money than comparable homes, and they hold their value longer.
Myths About Built Green
Myth #1: Green building costs too much.
The Truth: Some green products are more expensive, but as most choices become available, prices are coming down. In addition, many green building practices can actually reduce your costs by reducing waste and encouraging efficiency. Many builders find that the quality products and practices they currently use qualify their projects for Built Green certification with little if any modification. At heart, Built Green means quality: for example, it doesn’t cost more to pay for insulation and duct sealing done correctly.
Myth #2: I already selected some green aspects I don’t need the label.
The Truth: With the number of green claims being made in marketing and advertising these days, certification shows that standards have been met.
Myth #3: Certification is expensive.
The Truth: Built Green programs were developed by builders, so costs were kept affordable. The steps we take to certify your project may also qualify you for incentives that far outweigh the costs of certification, including utility rebates and federal tax credits.