Many Builders Say They Build Green, but How Do You Really Know?

Posted By on May 26, 2009

First off, if you are buying a home that is more than 10 years old, it is not as energy efficient as today’s homes unless there have been many recent upgrades to the home including windows, furnace and draft-stopping caulking.  Building codes continue to evolve toward more energy efficient building standards and therefore the technologies that go into today’s homes are far more energy efficient than homes built even just 10 years ago.

Now, if you are looking at new construction and wondering if one builder’s homes are more energy efficient than other builder’s homes, here are a few questions to ask:

Is the house EnergyStar certified? This 3rd party certification is a surefire way to ensure the home is built to standards better than today’s building codes. The energy bills on this home will be lower than a non-EnergyStar rated home. If the home has in fact received the EnergyStar rating, it will have an EnergyStar certificate. Ask the builder for that EnergyStar certificate if you question whether the home is actually certified.

Has the house received any other 3rd party Green Certifications?  Both the US Green Building Council and the National Association of Homebuilders have a whole-house green certification.  These certifications include rigorous standards for energy efficiency, water efficiency, the use of environmentally friendly products, and the use of sustainable building processes. Homes built to these criteria have to meet minimum requirements in every area of green building. These certifications can be costly (the US Green Building Council’s LEED certification will cost $2,000 plus the cost of any building materials needed to achieve the certification, and can easily add up to 5% to the price tag of a home).  Again, to make sure the house has received one of these certifications, ask to see the piece of paper.

There are plenty of other green certifications out there, but these are the 3 that have risen to the top in the world of homebuilding and have become the go-to standards for energy efficient and green building.

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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!