Monthly Archives: September 2008

Green House Auction Closes on Friday

The Exterior of the Green HouseYou still have the opportunity to bid on the Brock Built Green House. By purchasing this green built new home in Atlanta, you will be able to have one original story to tell visitors. There is no other house in Atlanta that is quite as unique as the Brock Built Green House. This house represents many different local companies coming together for one great cause, and it utilizes many of the most up-to-date green building practices. Bidding began only a couple of weeks ago, and ends this Friday, October 3rd. Remember that you are not just buying a new home but making a tremendous donation to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. All of the proceeds from the Green House auction benefit CHOA, improving the healthcare for Atlanta’s youth. Of course, I would never recommend purchasing a house that you have not seen, so take advantage of the available tours. Continue reading

Advice on How to Make Your Home Green

Green building practices and green renovation are a hot topic in the construction industry. They provide the homeowner with temporary tax benefits and lower utility bills and are also less harmful for the environment. It’s an all around great idea to convert your house to more green standards, or look for green standard when purchasing a new home. At we love to keep you up-to-date with the latest trends and new in the green building industry, so it’s about time that we give you a few pointers on ways to make your home greener. Here are 10 simple suggestions to get your home started with a green makeover:

#1 Insulation
Energy Star® estimates that homeowners can save up to 20% on heating and cooling costs (or up to 10% on their total annual energy bill) by sealing and insulating their homes. A new home should be sealed and insulated well, but to be really green, specify an earth-friendly insulation like blue-jean insulation or cellulose insulation – there really is a wide variety of green insulation out there.

#2 Look for Energy Star Appliances
Buy only Energy Star appliances. They save you money and use less energy. Experts say that the average household does almost 400 loads of laundry each year, consuming about 13,500 gallons of water. Qualified washing machines can save 7,000 gallons of water annually, cutting utility bills by an average of $50 per year. Continue reading

WicksteadWorks is an Expert Green Remodeler

WicksteadWorks in an Atlanta remodeling company that was recently named on of the top 20 Atlanta remodelers by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. This particular company focuses heavily on green practices, and every single project done by WicksteadWorks is constructed to EarthCraft standards as a minimum. Frank Wickstead, President of WicksteadWorks, has thoroughly taken it upon himself to maximize his knowledge of green building practices, and has earned many prestigious designations in the process. Wickstead’s expertise in green building practices is evident by the fact that he is a LEED Accredited Professional. This year he added to his green credentials by becoming a verifier for the National Green Building Program, which is part of the National Home Builders Association. As a verifier, Wickstead will thoroughly analyze different homes, ensuring that they meet the criteria of Continue reading

The Green House Features

It’s been a while since we’ve highlighted some green features in the Green House, and now that it is open for tours, I think it’s more important you have all of the information. By knowing describing what it is that makes the Green House “green,” you’ll know what to keep your eyes looking for when on your tour.

The Rainharvest Company installed a rain harvest system and water re-use system. These systems will enable the homeowner to reduce their potable water consumption by re-using their laundry and bath water to irrigate the gardens. Capturing rain water will provide supplemental water for irrigation but also enable the homeowner to wash their car or any other outdoor use which they would desire. Continue reading

Nominations Being Accepted for National Green Building Awards

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) will honor excellence in green residential design and construction practices and outstanding green advocacy efforts with the 2009 NAHB National Green Building Awards.

Awards will be given in the following categories: Advocate of the Year (Builder, Remodeler, Individual, Group); Project of the Year (Single Family, Remodel, Multifamily); Development of the Year; HBA Green Building Program of the Year (New and Existing); and Outstanding Green Marketing. A new category has been established for 2009: the Local Government Award, to recognize a government body that has worked to allow and encourage green practices.  The nomination for this award must come from a local home builders’ association. Continue reading

Green House is Open for Tours

After many months of construction, The Green House if officially open for your viewing pleasure. A luxury new home built to be completely green, it is the collaborative project of many local businesses, and is open to the public on Wednesdays and Fridays from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and also on Saturdays between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Brock Built managed the project and, with the help of numerous Atlanta businesses, the community service project will soon be auctioned off to the highest bidder, with all proceeds benefiting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. So be sure to take advantage of these viewing hours to see if this is a home you could see yourself living in. Many different green features have been incorporated into the green house, providing the lucky homeowner with lower utility bills and unique features not commonly found in other Atlanta new homes. Bidding will begin at $350,000 and the auction is set to take place online from September 17th to October 3rd. Continue reading