The U.S. Green Building Council defines a “green” home as one that “uses less energy, water and natural resources, creates less waste and is healthier for the people living inside compared to a standard home.”
For 40 years, Cerra Homes has built homes in harmony with this definition.
Most people don’t recognize a “green” house when they see one, especially the way Cerra Homes builds them. What’s green are the unseen technology and construction methods, such as structural insulated panels (SIPs) for exterior walls and roofs, value-engineered framing, high-efficiency HVAC systems sized according to Manual J load calculations, and low-or-no VOC building materials, that make the green difference --- on average, a difference of up to 40% less energy than what is required for comparable standard homes.
Energy costs are not going down. There’s never been a better time to invest in a home that’s cost efficient to maintain, healthy to live in and gentle on the environment. When you build with a focus on green technologies, you can rest assured you are investing today’s dollars to offset tomorrow’s higher energy costs.
But building green is about more than just reducing energy costs. Paying attention to the reduction of harmful chemicals and toxins is vital also. Building a new home with environmentally-compatible materials, with as little waste as possible, all the while striving for energy efficiency and enhanced indoor air quality, impacts not only our world and its future. It also has a positive effect on your lifestyle and on your health, in addition to saving money on operating costs.