• Lower energy bills due to
• High-performance insulation and air sealing to minimize heat loss
• High-performance windows and doors
• Passive solar benefits from optimal solar orientation
• Reduced heating costs
• Natural ventilation to reduce cooling costs
• Improved daylighting to reduce daytime electrical use
• Super efficient heating, and air conditioning
• Energy Star lighting and appliances that use much less water & electricity
• Lower water bills due to high-performance water-saving fixtures
• Increased durability and reduced maintenance costs
• Higher resale value:
According to the USAppraisal Institute, the value of a home increases by more than $20
for every $1 of annual energy cost savings. That premium is bound to increase as the
to value things like improved occupant health and environmental
• A high-performance green-built home is inherently more comfortable.
• Tight construction and optimized heading, ventilation and air conditioning design provides
a draft-free environment with greater thermal comfort using less energy.
• Optimal solar orientation
• Provides bright, sunny living spaces, reducing daytime electrical use
• Takes advantage of the sun's radiant energy to provide free natural heat in the cooler months,
while avoiding excess solar gain in summer
• Captures prevailing breezes for comfortable, natural ventilation
• Elimination of harmful substances such as:
• Airborne irritants and allergens like dust, pollen, mold spores, etc.
• Chemical compounds found in many building materials such as cabinets, countertops,
paints and finishes, adhesives, floor and wall coverings, etc.
• Formaldehyde – a known carcinogen
• Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which are can cause watery eyes, headaches,
fatigue, and nausea.
• Acetone, Benzene, Aromatic hydrocarbons, and others
• Healthy building materials not only eliminate many of the suspected and known carcinogens,
but often perform better than traditional products.
• Correctly designed and installed ventilation and filtration systems ensure excellent indoor
air quality for healthier living:
• Well-sealed duct systems
• Sealed combustion gas appliances
• Bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans
• Balanced ventilation systems
• High-performance filtration and air cleaners
Less maintenance and higher durability
Green homes exceed building code requirements by using more durable materials and
practices. Together, these qualities enhance your home's performance and reduce
replacement costs, thereby raising its overall value.
Knowing you're being good to the environment
• Green building offers you the assurance that you are following environmentally friendly
help preserve natural resources and reduce serious environmental problems like
• A socially responsible step worthy of recognition, building green makes a strong statement
your dedication to the community and the environment.
• Impacting more than your home itself, green building promotes the use of local products and
materials that help stimulate local businesses. This keeps your dollars working in your
and reduces energy consumption due to lower transportation costs.
• Materials like engineered wood products make efficient use of small-diameter, fast-growing trees
waste wood pieces, reducing deforestation and other environmental impacts of the wood
• Recycled-content products productively use materials that would otherwise end up in landfills,
reduce costs and impacts of producing products from virgin materials.