Is Building Green the same as Building Energy Efficient?
We at Chadsworth take great pride in Building your Custom Home as Low Maintenance and as Inexpensive to Operate as possible. For us this means More attention to Detail, More Insulation, more of What you want. We realize you are frustrated with high energy bills, so we look at every way possible to wipe out those annoying problems.
The answer is Yes and No; while all Green homes are Energy Efficient not all Energy Efficient homes are Green. Of course that depends on the definition of Green. This is confusing, but to help make sense out of the Green and Energy Efficient question, it helps to think of Green as a Philosophy that incorporates energy efficiency.
There are many different Green programs with the best known being LEED, NAHB and Energy Star. These programs are not equal and are not intended to accomplish the same results. However using just one example for the purpose of today’s blog, a Green program gives points if a load of lumber comes from a mill that is within 500 miles of the house, while an Energy Efficient program does not consider this in their scoring.
The question each home buyer wants to ask them selves is: How much money am I willing to spend in order to build a home that lessens my impact on the earth…better known as my carbon imprint? The answer will help decide whether to build a Green versus a merely Energy Efficient Home.