Monthly Archives: January 2011

Green Home Growth is Expected as Prices Fall

Green-built homes will see an increase in market share that is directly proportional to their pricing, according to representatives from four suppliers and product managers who recently spoke at this year’s National Association of Home Builders International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Fla. The representatives cited a desire for cost-effectiveness among homebuyers as the reason for the expected growth.

“The key is value for every stakeholder in the process,” from the manufacturer to the builder and the home buyer, said Richard Davenport, director of sustainable construction for BASF.

The good news, said Kohler’s Rob Zimmerman, is that product manufacturers have been able to focus on the creation of new technology during the current building downturn “that will make green building more affordable.”

“Our commitment is to use our resources wisely,” said Christine Marvin of Marvin Windows and Doors.

The speakers at the event were sponsoring the NAHB’s fourth annual Green Day, an event that commemorates growth in green, energy-efficient and sustainable homebuilding and remodeling practices.

The National Association of Home Builders is a Washington-based trade association representing more than 160,000 members involved in home building, remodeling, design, housing finance, other aspects of residential and light commercial construction. NAHB is affiliated with 800 state and local home builders associations around the country.

For more information, visit the NAHB website.

Gerstad to Begin Green Project in Poplar Grove

Green HouseGerstad Builders is bringing in the New Year with an investment in the future and green building by beginning construction on the Villas of Countryside Estates; a new green project located in Poplar Grove, Ill.

These Poplar Grove homes will feature the latest in green building and will come equipped with many energy efficient features such as walls with R-20 insulation cavities and ceilings that will be insulated to an R value of 38. The builder is also considering including electric car hook-ups and tankless water heaters.

The Villas of Countryside Estates will be composed of four different single-family attached units. These green homes will be able to complement every family’s lifestyle: Each maintenance-free, two-unit builder will span from 1,185 to 1,500 square feet and will be priced from the $130,000s to the $150,000s.

These buildings are not Gerstad Builders first project in Poplar Grove. The builder also constructs new single-family homes at the Trails of Dawson Creek located in North Boone County. This community is composed of ranch, two-story and tri-level floorplans priced from $156,490 to $258,990. Each home sits on a partial basement with interiors that feature GE appliances, popular Colonist doors and trim and furniture quality cabinetry.

For more information, visit the Gerstad Builders website or call 815-385-4495.