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Green Basics Byrd

  1. 1. Green Basics for Florida’s Affordable Housing Florida Housing Coalition’s 22nd Annual Affordable Housing Conference: "The Route to Recovery" Orlando, Florida September 21, 2009 Cathy Byrd GreenHeights Development Corp. www.GreenHeightsHomes.com
  2. 2. Who are the recognized credentialing authorities? <ul><li>Florida Green Building Coalition </li></ul><ul><li>The National Association of Home Builder’s </li></ul><ul><li>The U.S. Green Building Council </li></ul>
  3. 3. Comparison Snapshot $300 ($225) $500 ($200) $100 ($50) Fees to Certify (not including consulting fees) $225 ($150) $0 $0 Fees to Register No Yes Yes Credentialed Agent Required? Accredited Professional Accredited Verifier Registered Certifying Agent Credentialed Agent Green, Silver, Gold and Platinum Bronze, Silver and Gold Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum Levels of Certification Possible USGBC NAHB FGBC
  4. 4. What made it green? POINTS! <ul><li>Every project is evaluated and scored in the following categories: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Energy Efficiency </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Water Conservation </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Lot Choice/Site Selection </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Site (Construction Process) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Health/Indoor Air Quality </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Material Selection </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Disaster Mitigation </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>General/Miscellaneous </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. First Costs? <ul><li>Each GreenHeights Home is cost neutral </li></ul><ul><li>Some items are more expensive </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Structural system </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cabinets and countertops </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Windows </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Some items are less expensive </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Speed of installation of structure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Smaller a/c system due to “tightness” of envelope </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Floor finish </li></ul></ul><ul><li>There is a learning curve but efficiencies reduce costs and improve bottom line </li></ul>
  6. 6. Second Costs? <ul><li>There aren’t any…it is all savings! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Electric bill is ½ when compared to new, traditionally built homes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduced need for pest control </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduced need for general maintenance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduced need for constant yard care </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Longer life materials </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Life Cycle Analysis <ul><li>Cradle-to-Grave </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cradle-to-grave is the full Life Cycle Assessment from manufacture ('cradle') to use phase and disposal phase ('grave') </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Cradle-to-Cradle </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cradle-to-cradle is a specific kind of cradle-to-grave assessment, where the end-of-life disposal step for the product is a recycling process </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Second Cost Savings <ul><li>Reduced electric bills </li></ul><ul><li>Reduced water bills </li></ul><ul><li>Reduced homeowners insurance </li></ul><ul><li>Eligible for e-mortgages </li></ul><ul><li>Little or no pest control </li></ul><ul><li>Lower replacement costs due to longer life span of materials </li></ul>
  9. 9. Resources <ul><li>Florida Green Building Coalition www.floridagreenbuilding.org </li></ul><ul><li>WaterStar Program www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/conservation </li></ul><ul><li>National Association of Home Builders www.nahb.org </li></ul><ul><li>US EPA Energy Star Program www.energystar.gov </li></ul>

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