Green builders build homes and buildings that account for energy efficiency, water and resource conservation, sustainable or recycled products and indoor air quality throughout the building process. Green homes typically use less energy and water than standard homes, and provide for a healthier indoor environment, creating less waste, which ultimately helps reduce their environmental impact.
When it comes to building green, natural gas is the clean, efficient fuel of choice. Green builders often build homes with natural gas heat, which can help improve a home’s energy efficiency. Natural gas also helps to meet buyer’s demands for green quality homes.
The U.S. Green Building Council set the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating SystemTM. Green homes, particularly those that are LEED certified, have better air quality, a higher resale value, and are often less expensive to operate, requiring less overall maintenance.
In addition, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) also offers Model Green Home Building Guidelines.
Green homes that use green construction practices and materials could make up close to 10 percent of new home construction by 2010, according to the most recent McGraw-Hill Construction Residential Green Building SmartMarket Report.
Check out these local resources for more on green building in North Carolina:
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