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Specialized, niche home builders began constructing resource-efficient,
environmentally sensitive homes in the early 1970s. The home building industry
coined the phrase "green building" in the late 1980s/early 1990s, turning
a movement into a quiet revolution.
The first official green home building program began in 1991 in the city
of Austin, Texas.
The Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Denver introduced the first
HBA-owned green building program in 1995. Over the years, Built Green®
Colorado has become the largest green building program in the nation, with
more than 100 builder members across the state.
Today, new homes are twice as energy-efficient as they were 30 years ago,
thanks to cutting-edge green building techniques and technologies available
for new and remodeled homes.
Nationwide, roughly 61,000 homes were built using local green building program
guidelines from 1990-2004. In 2004 alone, more than 14,000 green homes were
NAHB recently introduced voluntary Model Green Home Building Guidelines
(www.nahb.org/gbg) to bring environmentally-friendly building techniques
to mainstream builders and home builders associations. The guidelines offer
builder and market-driven solutions in seven areas, including lot preparation
and design, resource efficiency, energy efficiency, water efficiency and
conservation, occupancy comfort and indoor environmental quality, and operation
maintenance and homeowner education.
More specifically, homes built today use a myriad of green building techniques
and technologies that Lower operating costshomes are equipped with
more efficient heating and cooling systems and use less water, resulting
in lower monthly utility bills. Improved construction methods better protect
homes from rain and ground water and reduce upkeep and replacement costs,
while use of recycled materials helps conserve natural resources.
Reduce maintenance issueslandscaping uses native or drought-resistant
plants and grasses, and decks made of pressure-treated lumber or synthetic
materials need no sealing or staining.
Increase home valuehomeowners with documented lower monthly utility
bills are reporting higher re-sale values.
Improve environmental qualitymoisture-control products and low VOC
paints contribute to a more comfortable indoor environment, and efficient
use of materials helps conserve natural resources.
NAHBs guidelines were developed in a consensus process by a group of
more than 60 stakeholders representing key players in the green home building
Green building is a growing trend among home builders nationwide, with more
than 30 successful green building programs now in existence. Eleven green
building programs are owned or operated by members or affiliates of the National
Association of Home Builders in Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii,
Missouri, New York, Ohio and Washington. More than 15 more will be organized
with support from the Green Building Initiative, an organization created
to help implement NAHBs Model Green Home Building Guidelines in markets
across the country.
Neda Dabestani-Ryba is a licensed Realtor in Maryland. She is a member of
the President's Circle of Top Real Estate Professionals. She can be reached
at (800) 536-3806 or visit her website for more information:
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