Green Building Myths

        1. There are many myths and misconceptions floating around about green building and certification programs. Here are just a few:

Its for fanatical environmentalists & hippies.

Not just for your Grateful Dead-listening, hippy uncle. Green building is basically better building. Its for EVERYONE, whether you are a parent that cares about the heath of your children, or someone who wants to spend $100s less each year on utility bills, or one who would like to avoid spending saturdays repairing his/her home. Green building is for all who want a heathy, safe, durable, comfortable, energy/resource efficient, and environmentally responsible home.

Solar Panels are a requirement.

Renewable energy systems such as solar electric may not fit every homeowner’s budget, but they are not necessary for a home to be green. Our philosophy is: EFFICIENCY FIRST, SYSTEMS SECOND. Meaning, once we have done all of the appropriate energy efficiency measures, and there is enough money left in the budget, then we will suggest solar, wind, and geothermal systems. G-Build encourages renewable energy, but it is not a requirement for green building certification programs such as Energy Star and LEED for Homes.

Green building materials don’t perform as well.

We would never suggest using a  “green” material that is inferior to conventional building materials. If it don’t perform, and it don’t last... then it ain’t green!! We evaluate materials used with the help of various product ratings/certifications.

It’s weird looking.

The majority of green homes out there look like conventional homes. Furthermore, you are not bound by a certain aesthetic to when building green. Green homes can be any style; craftsman, modern, contemporary, colonial, Victorian, bungalow, ranch, etc.

An example of an “Earthship” which does not represent the typical green home we build.

And the #1 green building myth:

Its too expensive.

This is a very common misconception. You can blame the existence of this myth on a few high-end, high-profile projects. These homes have received a lot of attention from the building industry, and may be more expensive than average, but they do not reflect the average costs of a green home. Now, do the costs of green building exceed that of a D-minus, barely legal, barely passing, code-built home? Yes, but then the rhetorical question is: Do you want the D-minus home that barely passes building inspections?  The truth is, there are many strategies that can be implemented to cut the incrementing costs of green building. Optimal Value Engineering, solar design, framing efficiencies, and accurate HVAC equipment sizing are just some of the ways to reduce costs.