Green homes are homes that take a comprehensive, performance-based approach to design and construction, and bring benefits that help people, the planet, and of course help your pocketbook. Here’s how:
- Green homes are healthy homes – reducing allergens, and triggers for asthma and chemical sensitivity
- Green homes use non-toxic materials that lower exposure to mold and mildew
- Green homes are thoughtfully designed to eliminate uncomfortable rooms
- Reduce the impact of a home’s construction
- Use less energy reducing pollution from fossil fuel sources
- Use materials more efficiently
- Integrate into their local environment
- Improves natural water hydrology
- Reduced water usage
- Durable structures that are built to last, with less maintenance
- Reduced electricity, natural gas, and water bills
- Lower heating bills by up to 51% or more in the Midwest
- Receive insurance discounts
- Increases appraised property value and real estate listing time on market
- May receive incentives such as building permit rebates
Green Certified Homes
The problem with green is that many make claims of building green without having anything to back it up. This is where third-party verification becomes important. Any self-proclaimed green builder making claims isn’t too far from the fox watching the hen house.
At AES, we believe a green home needs a neutral third-party to verify and performance-test to ensure the house was constructed properly, based on consensus-developed green building standards.
Learn more about the Green Building Programs that exist regionally, nationally and internationally.
Find a Green Building Professional by reviewing qualified companies or those who have completed projects.