What is Green?

We get asked this question so often that we have felt compelled to start a page just to address this issue. Below is a flyer that we use when discussing Green with our potential clients. We will begin to add more text to this outline as we go forward, so check back often to see the updates.




What does high performance mean?

Most people, when thinking about building a home,  don't think about the "total" performance of their home. At best, there may be some consideration given to how much a power bill might be, but the bottom line is that most clients will think in terms of the initial cost of the home and how much their mortgage payment will be. Given the current economic conditions, the focus is on getting the home at the best deal possible. We know this and we understand and respect this. What we would like to do is challenge you to a new definition of the "the best deal possible".

So, let's look at two examples. Home "A" and Home "B" are exactly the same, same floorplan, same size, same lot size .... you get the idea. However, Home "B" is $25,000.00 dollars more, is Certified to Energy Star 3.0 and has a "Bronze" level "Green" Certification and a 10 Year limited structural warranty.

So, the difference in the monthly payment is about $116 more for home "B". Can you see where I'm going here? What do you think the monthly savings will be from the lower electric bill? How about the savings on the Water bill?  What is the savings from reducing the potential for maintenance (you do set aside money every month for maintenance don't you?), What is the cost of Peace of mind worth to you by having a 10 Year Structural Warranty? What is the cost of having a "healthier" home as a result of the Green certification requirements? Feedback from our past clients has told us that the monthly savings from the above items can potentially be more then the difference is thier mortgage payment for the same home that costs more initially.


One last thing .... we are seeing a trend in appraisals. During the loan approval process, appraisals for Green homes are generally coming in higher then the same appraisal on a non-green home. We suspect that this will translate into a higher appraisal on the Green home when you decide to resell it at a later time. Again, what is this worth to you?

Something to think about.

  • Reduced maintenance
  • Reduced energy consumption
  • Healthy and comfortable living environment
  • Responsible stewards of the environment


How do we achieve this?

  • Company commitment to the goal
  • Correct selection of building materials
  • Advanced building techniques
  • Correct selection of Home Equipment


How do we measure this?

  • Energy Star Certification
  • Green Home Certification