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Building A “Green” Home

Choosing to build your home using Energy Star ratings can be a great benefit to your wallet and the environment.

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Do you know what it means to build an energy-efficient home and building green? “Building a green home means making environmentally-preferable and sustainable decisions throughout the building process-decisions that will minimize the environmental impact of the home while it is being built and over the many years it will be lived in,” says the Energy Star website. New effienct home designs, complete with Energy Star ratings, not only help your family live green, it helps the environment in the short and long term.

Many new home builders, architects and contractors are interested in green building methods. According to Energy Star, a new home produces twice the pollution that a car produces each year. Martha Rose Construction Porch profile   Martha Rose Construction, based in Seattle, has been in the green home construction business since the 1980′s.

Porch is working with Home Innovation Research Labs to help consumers find and connect with those who design, build, and remodel National Green Building Standard™ (NGBS Green) Certified homes, verified by accredited third parties. This is a resource that will take the guesswork out of green home buying and remodeling for homeowners and renters across the country. You can read the entire announcement here.

Energy Star rated home will be certified in the areas of

  • Efficient Walls and Windows, the levels of wall, floor and attic insulation properly installed designed to block drafts, and high-performance windows;
  • Efficient Air Ducts, so rooms get enough air to have consistent, comfortable temperatures throughout the house;
  • Efficient Equipment for heating, and cooling the house, helping you save money while staying comfortable;
  • Efficient Lighting and Appliances, including ENERGY STAR certified dishwashers, refrigerators, light bulbs and clothes washers.

Homes can be further Energy Star rated with Indoor airPLUS , the indoor environment component, as well as WaterSense , which connects homeowners to appliances that offer water-saving features.

Homeowners should take note of many of Energy Star incentives as well. For more information about how a new home earns an Energy Star rating, click here.

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