Green home building is on the rise as more people recognize that energy efficiency is good for both the environment and their wallet. If you’re in the market to build a new home and you want it to be as eco-friendly as possible, it’s best you work with an energy-efficient home builder that specializes in that specific design style.
In this article, we’ll talk about these seven top benefits you’ll get out of hiring a green home building company:
- Expertise with energy efficiency
- Knowledge of environmental management
- Direct access to leading eco-friendly materials and appliances
- Whole-home design
- U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification
- Lower energy use, waste, and bills
- Assistance in earning tax credits for energy efficiency
You deserve a holistic experience that gives you the sustainable home you want while also cutting the hefty costs associated with powering your home day in and day out.
1. Expertise with Energy Efficiency Measures
A green or energy-efficient counterpart exists for every standard element of home construction. A home-building company employing the improved methods will address the following concepts (and more):
- Land preparation
- Building shell
- Secure thermal envelope
- Sealed HVAC system
No matter how experienced a home builder might be on paper, you must find one that regularly builds homes with energy efficiency in mind. If they don’t create your home with this methodology, you run the risk of owning a normal home merely filled with some Energy Star appliances — and that means you’re really moving into an energy-inefficient home.
2. Knowledge of Environmental Management
Additionally, a green home builder can also ensure your new home respects and accentuates the surrounding environment. This includes:
- The installation of renewable energy systems, specifically rooftop solar panels
- Efficient water usage and treatment, thanks to plumbing systems and equipment that lowers water usage while increasing the efficiency of what’s used
- Maximizing the influence of sunlight with proper window placement that reduces the amount of ambient heat entering the home
- Designing for the surrounding terrain instead of removing trees and moving earth in ways that can upset the local ecosystem
- Minimizing the impact of construction by using processes that create less waste and then removing trash and waste quickly
A truly energy-efficient home builder doesn’t work in a vacuum. They pay attention to the wider world and fit your home into it rather than disrupting nature.
3. Consistent Access to Exclusively Eco-Friendly Materials and Appliances
At the top of any list dedicated to “improving the energy efficiency of your home” sits the following recommendation: replace regular appliances with Energy Star options. This is a worthwhile tip because those items do use energy more effectively and with less waste than older models. However, if you’re building a brand-new home from scratch, there is so much more than goes into creating a home that’s centered around lowering your energy usage.
Thus, if you’re working with a green home builder, they will incorporate earth-friendly materials into your house from the foundation to the finishing touches. These include:
More importantly, the home builder will know where to get those items for your home easily and without charging more.
4. Whole-Home Design
Understanding benefits 1-3 is fundamental to the entire energy-efficient home experience. Specifically, this is a holistic process, and not every home builder can do it (or is willing to do it) correctly. The most efficient home will always be a new home built from the ground up on the latest and greatest eco-friendly practices.
In fact, the home building industry has a metric that measures the exact energy efficiency and eco-friendly a home is — the HERS Index. This rating system scores homes on a scale of 0 to 150. The lower your score, the better your home is with how it uses energy.
According to current studies, most older homes have a score of 130, because they weren’t built with energy efficiency in mind. It’s why those energy efficiency articles tell people to replace windows, doors, and appliances with Energy Star-rated options. Since they can’t fix the walls and flooring comprehensively, they must take other measures.
The way to avoid all of that hassle later is to build a home from scratch with a low HERS score now. Thus, you should choose with a company that has your entire home in mind, from architecture and design to construction, maintenance, and beyond.
5. LEED Certification
Another way an energy-efficient home builder can pursue maximum energy efficiency is adhering to LEED for Homes standards. Created by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) focuses on that aforementioned whole-home process to maximize exactly how the home is built. Studies have shown that homes that have earned a LEED certification report both higher home values and resale values for decades.
Typically, LEED homes come at a premium because they require more traditional home builders to bring their old methods up to contemporary standards. At BuildFBG, we create every home according to LEED standards as a matter of principle, and we do so at no charge to you, the homebuyer.
6. Lower Energy Use, Waste, and Bills
You should have noticed a cumulative series of effects and benefits accumulating throughout this list. It extends to this rather obvious one: eco-friendly homes save money. By creating a green home from the ground up, you should enjoy consistent perks throughout your entire ownership of the home, including:
- Reduced energy use because of appliances and fixtures that use resources effectively
- Reduced energy use from windows and construction that lower the need for increased heating and air conditioning
- Reduced energy waste from products that maximize effective energy usage
- Reduced energy waste from construction materials that create a tight thermal envelope that keeps treated air in and prevents outside air from entering
- Lower energy usage and waste lead directly to lower energy bills
Thankfully, an eco-friendly home builder will educate you exactly on how to achieve these benefits by choosing their services for your new house.
7. Help with Earning Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency
In terms of additional return on the investment for your new home, you can also apply for federal income tax credits if your home meets certain energy efficiency requirements. Thus, if you work with an eco-friendly home builder, they can first ensure that you meet those standards and then help you with the paperwork necessary to apply for the tax credits. This is work your average home building company wouldn’t be able to do for you because they aren’t set up for such services.
Work with an Energy-Efficient Home Builder Today
Hopefully, we’ve showcased the reasons you to a professional home building company that focuses on energy-saving and eco-friendly practices. If those concepts are important to your new home, you shouldn’t cut corners — especially during construction. As we’ve emphasized, true energy efficiency requires the entire home to be built with those principles at the forefront, but not every company pays attention to them.
At BuildFBG, we are true believers in the benefits of energy-efficient and green home design. We’ve made the following unparalleled advances in energy conservation and sustainability standard in every home we create:
- All homes designed to be LEED for homes projects
- Full foam insulated envelope
- Lennox 2-stage condensing units are combined with a very high-efficiency air handling unit and a 96% AFUE, variable-speed gas furnace
- Lennox iComfort M30 Smart Thermostats with dehumidification control
- HVAC System with 16+ SEER efficiency rating
- Navien premium condensing gas tankless water heater with “comfort flow” technology
- Semi-conditioned attic space
- Uponor Type-A PEX water piping with PVC drains and vents
If you’re in the market for a new home that’s built to your exacting standards and still keeps energy conservation and the environment at top of mind, contact BuildFBG today. We are excited to chat with you about how we can bring your dream home to life.