Why you want a Certified Green Professional around

Posted By on March 25, 2009

 I am proud to say that I, along with 3 other people at Potterhill Homes, have achieved my designation as a Certified Green Professional through the National Association of Homebuilders.  We are the only area builder to have more than 1 certified green professional on staff. We know green!

 

To earn the designation, one must complete 24 hours of training (3 days) in addition to having minimum building experience of at least 2 years.

 

The classes to earn this designation are Green Building for Building Professionals and Business Management for Building Professionals.  The subjects covered in these courses include how to green a home to provide buyers with lower energy costs and higher value, and includes strategies for incorporating green-building principles into homes without driving up the cost of construction.

 

This is one of only a small handful of designations available for an individual to earn a green certification.  Most other green certifications (such as LEED for Homes or NAHB Green Homes) are a house-specific designation.

 

Here’s one pretty neat lesson I learned while taking the class: tankless hot water heaters (or instant hot water heaters) are not as energy efficient as you might think.   The energy ratings that accompany these tankless hot water heaters are based on a water temperature that starts at 65-70 degrees.  While the “intake” water in some climates like Florida and Arizona might be in that range, for those of us in Ohio & similar climates, our tap water (the intake water into the hot water heater) runs only about 50-55 degrees.  Therefore, the energy efficiency examples on the tankless heaters do not compare to the real life circumstances in most climates in the USA.  Because of this, the tankless hot water heater might not work as well in cooler climates, and the energy savings probably won’t add up to their claims.  Check to find out what your local water source temperature is before spending money on this feature. 

 

Until next time…first time buyers act now to get your $8000 government tax credit. This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity.

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Carolyn Rolfes is the President of Potterhill Homes. And she's also a Rolfes - as in daughter of Dan Rolfes, the infamous Red Tag Man of Holiday Homes. So what does that say about Carolyn and who she is? Plenty. When you grow up the daughter of man who does commercials in his red underwear, you have no choice but to have a great sense of humor and humility from a very young age. Carolyn and Dan founded Potterhill Homes in 2001 and she has grown it to be one of the most successful home builders in Cincinnati. Home building is in her blood and she has a keen awareness of what consumers look for in a new home and how to deliver value at all levels. And while we don't make Carolyn dress up in green underwear for our commercials, we bet she would if we asked!

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Carolyn Rolfes is the President of Potterhill Homes. And she's also a Rolfes - as in daughter of Dan Rolfes, the infamous Red Tag Man of Holiday Homes. So what does that say about Carolyn and who she is? Plenty. When you grow up the daughter of man who does commercials in his red underwear, you have no choice but to have a great sense of humor and humility from a very young age. Carolyn and Dan founded Potterhill Homes in 2001 and she has grown it to be one of the most successful home builders in Cincinnati. Home building is in her blood and she has a keen awareness of what consumers look for in a new home and how to deliver value at all levels. And while we don't make Carolyn dress up in green underwear for our commercials, we bet she would if we asked!