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Invest in Energy Efficient Features for Your Remodeling Project

Kitchen home renovationSpring is the season for cleaning and home maintenance. It’s time to clean out the garage, organize the closet and just give your home a full-on makeover. For those that are using their tax returns for a home remodeling project, Sterling Custom Homes, a luxury custom home builder in Austin, wants to encourage you to invest in energy efficient features.

Why should I spend the extra money upfront for these energy efficient features?

Truthfully, there are numerous benefits to turning your home into a green, eco-friendly, efficient machine, and we’ll touch on just a few:

  • It’s better for the environment! This is a no-brainer when it comes to investing in green features. Our natural resources are running out quickly, and we need to be much more conscientious about how we are using them. You will significantly reduce your carbon footprint just by incorporating a few green features into your home.
  • You’ll save money in the long run. Yes, it may be more out of your pocket upfront, but once you start seeing your monthly utility bills decreasing, you’ll realize how you actually come out ahead.
  • Increases your home value. Homes with energy efficient and green features are worth more, and they are also more desirable to home shoppers.
  • Tax credits – the government has many different tax credits for you to claim for all of your energy efficient and green features.

The trick though, is that you cannot just choose any home remodeler and think they know what they are doing when it comes to building green. At Sterling Custom Homes, Duke McDowell and Vick Pope have both earned their Certified Green Professional designation from the NAHB. We also have other staff members working towards achieving this prestigious designation. Earning the CGP title requires many hours of education as well as continuing education, to stay up-t0-date with the latest green building products and technologies. From energy-efficient appliances to water-conserving faucets and everything in between, we would be delighted to help guide you in your green home renovation (at least for those in the Austin area).

The materials and techniques of home construction are changing to favor a more sustainable product, and it’s time that you adapted with the industry.

Take Advantage of the Green Built Tax Credits

Did you know that you can get a tax credit for all of the energy-efficient, water conserving and green products in your home? The government is doing what they can to encourage more builders to construct green homes and homeowners to renovate their homes with green features. It’s pretty obvious why you get so many breaks for your eco-friendly features – we absolutely need to decrease our carbon footprint and preserve our natural resources for future generations.

In addition to the tax benefits, energy-efficient and water-conserving features will reduce the amount of money you spend every month on your utility bills. Choosing a green built home and green renovations is definitely an investment in which you will receive the pay-off in the long run. Don’t let the higher up front prices deter you from making the switch because they will more than pay for themselves over the years.

For anyone living in metro Austin that is looking for a green home builder or a green remodeler, look no further than Sterling Custom Homes. Continue reading

Sterling’s Certified Green Professionals

1.exterior-front-justine Building an eco-friendly green home can sometimes feel a bit daunting. With the number of green building products, technologies and practices out there today it is easy to get bogged down in the clutter.  However potential home builders in Austin no longer need to worry: you have Sterling Custom Homes.

With three Certified Green Professionals on staff, Sterling Custom Homes has the answers to any question a Austin custom home owner might need to ask about building green.

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NAHB National Green Building Program Expands

The state home builder associations of Connecticut, Delaware, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New York and Oklahoma have affiliated with the NAHB National Green Building Program, National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Chairman Sandy Dunn announced this morning.

The new affiliation makes it even easier for home buyers in those states to find green homes and provides additional technical training, education and business opportunities for HBA members.

“I’m delighted to welcome the home builders in these seven states to the certification services offered through NAHBGreen,” said Dunn, who is a home builder in Point Pleasant, W. Va.,. “Our members are looking for an authentic, cost-effective and voluntary way to offer certified green homes to their clients, and they will find it in www.NAHBGreen.com.” Continue reading

Green Building Demand Increases

The demand for Green building has been increasing over the years.  Recently over 1,000 builders, remodelers and others in the home building industry have earned the Certified Green Professional (CGP) educational designation.  These builders have taken a step to move ahead of other builders by providing a service for customers to go green.  They ensure their customers are confident in their abilities with their CGP designation.

The National Association of Home Builder (NAHB) introduced the CGP designation in February, 2008.  Certified Green Professionals must complete 24 hours of classroom training including 16 hours of green building instruction; must have two years’ industry experience, must sign a code of ethics and must commit to fulfilling continuing education requirements to qualify for the designation.  Continue reading