|What is Building Green? |
When I started building as an apprentice carpenter 40 years ago, Building Green meant disposing of your construction waste and debris in a cost effective manner. Building Green simply meant using good common sense when reusing, recycling, or reducing waste.
Over time, Building Green expanded into a variety of materials and practices throughout the construction industry. Building Green began to include energy-efficient building, sustainable materials, healthy indoor environments, manufacturing accountability, maintenance costs, and green streaming. To me, it seems overwhelming, requiring a Ph.D in Green just to wade through the quagmire of jargon.
This issue of the Owner Builder Newsletter is dedicated to the organizations who are best able to help you understand green concepts when you buy, build, remodel, maintain, or improve your home.
Energy Star Homes
ENERGY STAR qualified homes offer homebuyers all the features they want in a new home, plus energy-efficient improvements that deliver better performance, greater comfort, and lower utility bills.
Home buying is complex enough without having to know all the details of energy-efficient construction. Instead, look for the government-backed ENERGY STAR label to easily identify homes that are truly energy efficient.
LEED Home Program
LEED for Homes is a voluntary rating system that promotes the design and
construction of high-performance green homes.
LEED homes are safer, healthier, more comfortable and more durable than standard homes. They have lower energy and water bills, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and fewer problems with mold, mildew and other indoor toxins.