The National Association of Home Builders is trying to help increase the amount of green building in the nation by taking it to our lawmakers. They recently approached Congress with an idea on how to promote residential energy efficiency and sustainability technology by extending tax incentives for new energy-efficient homes. Currently builders who construct a home certified to achieve a 50% reduction in energy use are eligible to receive a $2,000 tax credit, but this credit is set to expire at the end of the year. Real estate industry professionals have been trying to encourage Congress to extend it, and there is currently pending legislation in the House and Senate but no agreement between the two chambers. Without the tax incentive, many new builders may cease producing green new homes, which will be a tremendous set back in the strides we have taken in progressing with the green building industry. If the benefits of building green do not outweigh the costs, Continue reading
Now you can have your dream home, built to the standards of EarthCraft and ENERGY Star, in the location of your choice. Monte Hewett has formed a new organization, Hewett Custom Builders, in order to reach out to customers who want a Monte Hewett Home, but don’t want to move from their location or maybe already have a location in mind. Hewett Custom Builders will work closely with the homebuyer from start to finish, to make sure that they understand every detail needed to create their ideal home. Monte Hewett really gives the homeowners creative control, as they can choose and modify an existing home from Monte Hewett Homes, they can provide their own plans, or they can work with Monte Hewett’s network of architect and engineer partners. Its completely the client’s choice and creation, and Monte Hewett will help turn that dream into reality. From exterior and interior design to landscape design, Hewett Custom Builders guide homebuyers through the entire process, but in the end the homebuyer makes the decisions. Continue reading
Happy Earth Day! I’d like to take a moment and share with you a few tips that will greatly benefit the environment, but also benefit you in terms of your utility bills. These are three steps that don’t require a lot of time or energy on your part.
For starters, change your light bulbs. They make energy-efficient light bulbs, and if you don’t know which ones they are, look specifically for the ENERGY Star label. Changing the top five most frequently used lights in your house can have a drastic impact on energy costs and the greenhouse gas. If everyone took this step, we would save $8 billion dollars in energy costs a year.
Approximately every three months, you should replace the air filter in your heating and air conditioning system. When this gets crud-covered, it makes it difficult for the air to flow and subsequently uses more energy. By regularly changing the filter and making sure it’s clean and unclogged, you will reduce energy costs and also have fresh, clean air in your house.
Apply extra insulation and ensure the home is air sealed. An average homeowner can typically save up to 20% of heating and cooling costs by making their home air tight and adding insulation in places that need it: attics, basements, etc. This makes perfect sense when you think about it Continue reading
Snowmass Village, Colorado may be covered in snow much of the year but is experiencing hot sales at two environment-friendly communities. The Little Nell Residences and The Viceroy Resorts and Residences are currently 65 and 50 percent occupied, respectively, and all of this happened in only a few months time as sales began in mid-December. Both of these developments are LEED certified, meaning that they have incorporated green building practices throughout the construction of the new luxury condos, like using carbon-free renewable energy sources. With a location directly on the mountain, allowing for ski-in/ski-out conveniences, these Aspen residences are priced from $570,000 to over $4 million. It is obviously the combination of the luxurious homes, attractive location and knowing that your condo is environmentally-friendly that has drawn such an interest in these two developments.
Most native Atlantans are familiar with the “Disco Kroger” in Midtown, which received its nickname back in the 70’s due to its prime location next to one of the hottest discotheques in town. While it has proudly carried this name for decades, even though the happening club that dubbed it the “Disco Kroger” has long been closed, the time has come for this Kroger to be known for something other than a “Saturday Night Fever.” Closing on May 30 to begin renovations, the grocery store will be revamped to bring new Fresh Fare food. The Fresh Fare food initiative by Kroger is an attempt to help promote a green lifestyle by offering organic and natural foods as well as gourmet prepared items. For those that strive to live a healthy, environmentally-friendly existence, this is the first and only “green” Kroger in Atlanta and only one of a handful in the entire country.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named the Atlanta-based new home builder, Haven Properties, as a 2008 Excellence in ENERGY STAR Promotion Award winner for outstanding contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. An ENERGY STAR Partner and award winner for three consecutive years, Haven Properties’ efforts include building all homes to meet or exceed ENERGY STAR requirements and sponsoring consumer education efforts to promote energy efficient homes. Recently, the builder has begun offering a two-year utility guarantee on all new homes, agreeing to pay the difference between actual and predicted energy usage in homes that use more energy than expected during the first two years. Haven Properties is a true staple in the Green Building industry, congratulations!
Mark Your Calendars! eon at Lindbergh, located in South Buckhead, is hosting an Earth Day Celebration at the Sales Gallery located at 520 Main Street in the new Lindbergh City Center off Piedmont Road. The event, which will be held Tuesday, April 22, will be a fun-filled day complete with food, prizes, and lots of guests to speak about how easy it is to incorporate a variety of green practices into our everyday lives. Developed by The Dawson Company and Lane Company, eon at Lindbergh is one of the first communities in the Buckhead area to pursue EarthCraft certification but the ‘green’ aspects don’t stop there. Residents of eon will be encouraged to take advantage of the community’s close proximity to the Lindbergh MARTA station, as well as utilize the recycling bins which will be located throughout the community. eon’s Earth Day celebration Continue reading
This year at the International Builder’s Show the New American Home – a “real world” laboratory demonstrating new concepts, materials, designs and construction techniques – was all Green in honor of its 25th anniversary. Attendees of this year’s IBS were treated to a tour of the new home located in the prestigious 11-lot golf and country club, Waters Edge, in Orlando. The 6,725 sq-ft plantation-style house was loaded with cutting edge technology for energy efficiency and green features like:
- the front hall cupola that acts as a solar chimney by drawing hot air up and out as it rises naturally to the highest point in the home, augmenting the cooling process and decreasing demand on the mechanical cooling systems
- a sealed, fully conditioned attic that eliminates the intrusion of moisture-laden air and unwanted rust and mold and tempers the space Continue reading
The Green Building Trend has swept the nation and now Panama City, Fl., known very well for hosting outrageous spring break parties, has unveiled its first zero-energy, LEED Platinum certified home. Receiving a Platinum score from the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Homes rating system is no easy feat, and this single-family home is the first in all of Florida and only the second in the nation to earn this prestigious certification. In order to be deemed LEED certified, homes must pass a rigorous inspection that analyzes performance in energy efficiency, water conservation, non-toxic materials, and other environmental features. The LEED benefits are usually economical, such as lower energy and water bills, and health, like reduced exposure to mold, mildew and other toxins, as well as environmental, like reduced Continue reading
If you are a manufacturer or provider of an environmentally conscious product or service, or you represent one, then you should submit an entry for the First Annual Green Initiative Awards, presented by Multi-Housing News. Finally, companies are being recognized for their environmentally friendly efforts, and will be given awards in Atlanta on October 2 – 3 at the Green + Design Expo and Conference. The deadline for entries is July 1st. The requirements:
- Your organization’s green mission statement in approximately 500 words
- A one-page client testimonial
- A high-resolution image of your product
Fill out the entry form and gather the requirements and send it in. These awards are ones that you can truly be proud to win.