Certified Green Builders
Owner of Carolina Log Center, Bill Seymour has earned his certification as a green building professional from the National Association of Home Builders. Green homes are high performance homes, meaning you have the same level of comfort but the homeowners saves thousands of dollars on energy costs each year.
This savings can be used to go on vacations or contribute to your retirement. It often appeals to buyers looking to upgrade from older homes built with far less technology and energy efficient materials. Does this sound like you? Do you want to know how do you get started? Here’s how to sort out your options.
Green, Greener & Greenest
There isn’t a single, rigid formula for building a green home. Rather, it requires a sliding-scale approach based on the building site’s opportunities, your budget, the local climate and a host of other factors. The greener the home, the more it costs—thanks to testing, certification and better-performing building materials (windows, doors, insulation, roofing, HVAC systems, etc.).
We Built First Certified Green Home in South Carolina
Carolina Diversified Builders built the first home to be certified green by the Build Green Greater Columbia program. Additionally, the home is ENERGY STAR Certified and is a certified Gold level green home in the National Green Building Certification Program administered by the National Association of Home Builders Research Center.
Principles of Sustainability
The principles of green building focus on passive solar orientation, best use of space, an energy-efficient envelope, water efficiency, renewable materials, easier maintenance, better indoor air quality, tighter duct works and the use of less-toxic materials.
Home As A Complete System
A home is a system and has to be thought of as such when designing it. Most homes in America today perform as if a window has been left open year-round. You can change this by opting for increased insulation, which will save you as much as 50% on heating costs and cooling costs.
Passive Solar Positioning
Orienting the home to benefit from passive solar gain can save you up to 40% on heating and cooling costs. Putting the home on a north-south axis is the most energy efficient.
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