All new constructions at BOLD are built with strict guidelines set by the Environmental Protection Agency. A “Green-Built” home has been rated to meet the standards of the Energy Star program and not only serves the environment but serves the pocketbook of the homeowner.
In fact, Energy Star qualified homes are at least 15% more energy-efficient than 2004 IRC standards. Additionally, they include energy-saving features that typically make them 20-30% more efficient than standard homes. These features may include extra insulation, high-performance windows and doors, efficient duct systems, and energy-efficient HVAC systems and appliances. Furthermore, these homes are tested by a third-party rater. A home’s rating is based on the energy-efficient features used and the results of on-site testing, such as a blower door test, which determines how airtight a home is.
All of these measures add up to benefits for you, the homeowner, as well as for the environment. “Green” homeowners save money every year because their homes use less energy, and these homes perform better in providing consistent temperatures, indoor air quality, and durability. “Green” homes are a smart investment, too. With the growing popularity of “green” products and the increasing awareness of the need for environmentally-friendly lifestyles, Energy Star qualified homes are sure to be in greater demand than their less-efficient counterparts.
How To Maintain Your Green-Built Home
Sure, your home is energy-efficient and environmentally friendly when you purchase it and move in. However, your home will only stay “green” if you properly maintain it. Here are some great tips:
- Maintaining caulking around doors, windows, and faucets
- Maintaining seals on pipes, ductwork, chimneys, gaps, and electrical boxes
- Inspecting HVAC systems as often as recommended. This includes changing filters regularly, having professionals inspect and clean systems annually, and checking ductwork for dirt streaks, especially near seams—these can indicate air leaks
- Using minimum wattage lighting. For instance, using 60 or even 75 watt bulbs instead of 100 watts, and replacing incandescent bulbs with longer-lasting, energy-efficient LED lighting
- Purchasing and maintaining energy-efficient appliances
- Utilizing the blower door test to ensure minimal air exposure through unsealed cracks and openings
- Maintaining, and sometimes replacing, weather-stripping on exterior doors, including garage overhead doors
If utilized appropriately, homeowners can keep their “green” home performing at peak efficiency, saving them money, all while protecting the environment!