January 2011. A common question these days is “what type of world will you leave for your children?” Quantum answered this question with “A Better One” when it joined the SICBA chapter of non-profit Built Green Washington in January of 2011. Built Green is founded on an all-encompassing approach of site selection, material use, efficient building practices and owner comfort and can be applied both to residences and light commercial structures.
A green home should be referred to as a “high performance” home, one that uses less material to construct and less energy and money to maintain. Built Green utilizes a checklist approach which allows owners to select from hundreds of different options, ensuring that each project will fit in with their lifestyle and budget. While some options (such as photovoltaic solar power systems) are expensive, other options including finished concrete floors and higher insulation value will cost very little extra or even save you money. Overall, a Built Green building should be approached from a total owner cost approach, factoring in tax credits, utility costs and overall durability. Using such an approach often reveals that tens of thousands of dollars (or more) will be saved over the life of the building.
Built Green is also a good financial investment. Green buildings tend to sell faster, often in a matter of days even in the slow housing market of 2010/2011. They also tend to sell for a premium of nearly 10%, or about $20 per square foot. Finally, if you ever decide to sell your Built Green-certified home, you’ll require less investment to prepare it for being listed with a real estate agency as the materials chosen for a Built Green are chosen for lifetime durability.
For more information on Quantum’s green building capabilities, please contact us.