Green Within Reach - Reasonable Green Home Building Ideas


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A PowerPoint presentation given to Realtors in the Charlotte NC market to detail what green home features could incorporated into a new home for a reasonable price.

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Green Within Reach - Reasonable Green Home Building Ideas

  1. 1. Green Within Reach Green Building Ideas that can be done today!
  2. 2. The design and construction practice that promotes the economic health and well being of a family, community and environment Green Within Reach
  3. 3. Goals for Today <ul><li>Help you Sell More Homes </li></ul><ul><li>Green Building vs. Energy Efficient Homes </li></ul><ul><li>Recognize Green Products in a Home </li></ul><ul><li>Green Home Certification Options </li></ul><ul><li>Your Client’s Benefits </li></ul>
  4. 4. Green Today 78% of home buyers are willing to pay more to have greater energy efficiency in their next home Most requested upgrades are tankless water heaters, increased insulation, Energy Star rated appliances, air sealing Source: NAHB
  5. 5. It’s More Than Energy Savings Lowering Energy Cost, Energy Star Reduce Indoor Air Pollution Water Quality, Recycling, Product Life Cycle
  6. 6. Leg One Energy Savings Energy Savings Products & Practices to Reduce Energy Use
  7. 7. Energy Star Defined EPA & Dept of Energy Joint Venture to help save Energy 10-50% savings in home energy use Appliances (10%+ less energy and water usage) Requires certification of home and builder Energy Program not a Green Building Program
  8. 8. Tankless Water Heater <ul><li>Heats water ONLY when you need it. </li></ul><ul><li>Would you leave your oven turned on all day? </li></ul><ul><li>25% lower operating cost </li></ul><ul><li>7x more hot water per hour! </li></ul>Energy Savings
  9. 9. Windows & Doors <ul><li>LowE (Low-Emittance) Glass </li></ul><ul><li>Reduces passive heat loss </li></ul><ul><li>U Factor (Lower is better) </li></ul>Energy Savings
  10. 10. Seal it Up Seal it tight and ventilate it right Air loss = Energy Loss Up to 20% more energy efficiency Energy Savings
  11. 11. Blower Door Test Prove the House Doesn’t Leak Pressurize the house and test for excess leaks Poorly sealed home can leak 30% more air Energy Savings
  12. 12. Insulation Fiberglass Batt Least expensive Must be installed properly Blown fiberglass 35% Recycled Content 2x cost of fiberglass batt Fills cavity better less voids to leak Cellulose Made from Recycled paper 2x cost of fiberglass batt Fills cavity better Spray Foam 4x cost of batt Insulator and Air Sealer Energy Savings
  13. 13. It is the Little Things Insulated Window & Door Headers Energy Savings
  14. 14. Keep Your Cool <ul><li>SEER Rating (Season Energy Efficiency Ratio) </li></ul><ul><li>It is not just about SEER, it is system sizing and design </li></ul><ul><li>Good MPG and Underinflated tires = No Good </li></ul>Energy Savings
  15. 15. Keep Your Cool Duct Blaster Test Certify it was done right. Leakage within acceptable ranges Don’t cool your crawlspace Energy Savings
  16. 16. Leg Two Environmental Impact Renewable Products Product Life Cycle Water Management Environmental Impact
  17. 17. Bamboo Flooring <ul><li>Renewable – Grows back in 3 years vs 100 years </li></ul><ul><li>Durable </li></ul><ul><li>Some have FSC designation (Forestry Stewardship Council) </li></ul>Environmental Impact
  18. 18. Rain Barrel <ul><li>½” of rain can produce 350 gallons of water </li></ul><ul><li>Water plants & garden </li></ul><ul><li>Slows run off to creeks </li></ul>Environmental Impact
  19. 19. Factory Finished Siding <ul><li>Last the life of the home </li></ul><ul><li>Plant located in SW Virginia (within 500 miles) </li></ul><ul><li>Factory finished paint </li></ul><ul><li>15 year warranty on paint </li></ul>Environmental Impact
  20. 20. Not All Lumber is Equal <ul><li>Engineered Lumber : </li></ul>I-Joist with OSB (Oriented strand board) = Less trees used per home Spans further (larger rooms!) Dimensional Lumber: Requires larger pieces of lumber = More trees per home Environmental Impact
  21. 21. Leg Three Air Quality <ul><li>VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) </li></ul><ul><li>Off Gassing </li></ul>Improves Air Quality
  22. 22. Kitchen Cabinets <ul><li>FSC rated (Forestry Stewardship Council) </li></ul><ul><li>Lower VOC emissions </li></ul>Improves Air Quality
  23. 23. Gas Fireplace <ul><li>Direct Vent Gas Fireplace </li></ul><ul><li>Uses Outside for Combustion </li></ul><ul><li>Exhausts to outside </li></ul>Improves Air Quality
  24. 24. The Air We Breathe MERV Filters (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) Higher number = better filtration MERV 16 Filters = Better Indoor Air Quality Improves Air Quality
  25. 25. Complete Green Home Solution More than Energy, It is good for the Earth
  26. 26. Green Building Program Comprehensive (Energy, Air Quality, Environmental Impact) Applicable to the southeast Points System Based: More points means more green EarthCraft, NAHB Green Building, LEED, Others
  27. 27. Who’s Watching Green Washing vs Green Certification Builder and Home Certification is a must
  28. 28. Your Client’s Benefits <ul><li>Healthier & More Comfortable Home </li></ul><ul><li>Lower Operating Cost = Save $ </li></ul><ul><li>Lower Impact on Environment (Better World for Our Children) </li></ul><ul><li>Better Resale </li></ul>
  29. 30. Hands On Tours Weekly Every Sunday Afternoon 2:00 to 5:00 PM No appt necessary The Builder will be on site 1074 Gardenia St, Baxter Village Steve Risser 704.227.6590 [email_address]