Timber framed homes, wrapped in energy efficient panels, are by nature “green”. We’ve always encouraged everyone to take into consideration the impact that their new home will make on the Earth and the long term energy consumption and maintenance when considering the “greenness” of building a timber frame.
David and I reviewed the options in our area: NAHB’s Green Building Program, LEED for Homes, and a regional certification, NC HealthyBuilt Homes Program. We opted to go with NC HealthyBuilt. This program aligned well with our goals and the rater is someone who has worked with our general contractor.
We have had reservations, not about building green, but about the added value of certification, so we hope that by having our own home certified we can address the issue more clearly. The cost to have the home certified is minimal and the steps that we’ve taken to build green are no different than they would be if we were not going to have the home certified.
When we had the plans appraised prior to building the green building certification seemed to have little impact on the appraised value. However, until more green certified homes are built and sold, this may not change. We’d like to see an increased value, not only for our home, but for green homes in general.
I’ll more fully outline the steps that we’ve taken and what the impact (both in scheduling and dollars) as we move forward.