Benefits of Owning a Built Green Home
The range of options listed here are among the items that
Built Green builders choose in order to provide home buyer
benefits. They may not all be included/available in all Built
Green homes. Be sure to check with your builder.
A Built Green home saves money and conserves resources in
the following ways:
- Properly-sized and highly-efficient furnaces,
air-conditioners, and water heaters reduce your monthly
- Energy Star® appliances use less electricity and water
than average units and make a smaller dent in your family’s
- Efficient lighting systems including compact fluorescent
light bulbs (CFLs) and fixtures, offer excellent light
quality and save money. Not only do CFLs last years longer
than standard bulbs but they also require only a fraction of
- Properly insulated walls and roofs protect the indoor
environment against outdoor temperatures while making sure
heated or cooled air is not lost.
- Low-emissivity (Low-e) windows resist the transfer of
cold and heat through the glass, saving you money and
improving the comfort of your home.
- Low-flow faucets, shower heads perform as well as
conventional fixtures but conserve water and save you money.
- High efficiency toilets - those that have passed
rigorous performance and water conserving standards -
perform better than conventional toilets and save you money.
- Advanced irrigation systems take the guess-work out of
watering the lawn, optimize water use and save you time and
- Recessed "can" lights constitute one of the primary air
infiltration points in the home and can result in 'round the
clock air leaks. Air-tight can lights solve the problem of
air leakage, and save you money.
- Xeriscaped (water wise) landscaping combine water
conservation and drought-resistant plants with natural
A Built Green home is durable and requires less
maintenance in the following ways:
- A properly drained and insulated foundation avoids
moisture intrusion, maintaining a dry and comfortable
- Outdoor decking and landscaping products made from
recycled products look great, last longer and require much
less maintenance than traditional decking material.
- Engineered lumber is made from fast-growing, rapidly
renewable trees and provides straighter, stronger, more
consistent structural elements.
- Tough, long-lasting exterior finishes such as brick,
stucco, and fiber cement ensure that a home endures for
generations and requires less upkeep over the years.
- Long-lasting and durable roof shingles or materials like
slate, cement, or metal reduce waste.
- Simple items such as downspout extensions on gutters
keep water away from foundations and basement walls.
A Built Green home provides healthy and comfortable indoor
environments in the following ways:
- Ducts transport air from the furnace or air conditioner
throughout every room in the house. Too often, leaky ducts
create negative pressures that draw gasses from the furnace
and water heater into living space. Tightly sealed ducts
prevent this potentially dangerous situation and make sure
the correct amount of warm or cool air is reaching every
- Sealed-combustion furnaces and power-vented water
heaters protect families from combustion gasses that might
be introduced into living space.
- Many building materials, such as carpet, cabinets,
shelving, paints and finishes, are available with low- or no
VOC content (volatile organic compounds). Careful material
selection helps make your home as free from indoor air
pollution as possible.
- Air filtrations systems, such as high-efficiency
particulate air (HEPA) filters, offer added assurance for
families with heightened concern for indoor air quality.
- Special sealing practices to isolate the garage from the
house ensure that vehicle exhaust won’t enter the house.
- Central vacuum systems are convenient and quickly move
floor pollutants to a location safely outside the house.
- Mechanically controlled fresh air ventilation systems
introduce a regular supply of fresh air to the home. Quiet,
efficient bath and kitchen fans remove moisture and