Take Control of Your Investment

Lilli Arning, Reichel, Claudette Hanks  |  1/2/2007 5:38:35 AM

If you have a home that is resource-efficient, durable, healthy, practical and convenient:

  • You don’t have to be a helpless victim of unstable energy prices or make a harmful impact on our environmental quality. Your new home can be earth friendly, affordable and comfortable.
  • Your home and life don’t have to be devastated by termites, hurricanes, floods, fire or decay. Your home can be built to resist damage and to last.
  • Your home doesn’t have to create barriers or harm your family’s health with mold and other indoor hazards. It can be healthy, safe and convenient.

When you build (or remodel), you have the power of choice. Combine that with research-based knowledge to take control of your investment and gain:

  • lower utility bill
  • greater comfort
  • higher quality
  • better health
  • safety and security
  • less maintenance and repair
  • less storm damage, easy recovery
  • environmental benefits
  • increased market value
  • more time to spend as you please
Help Shape the Future

When you “build green,” you not only get a home that is earth friendly and healthy, you are doing your part to help our nation and preserve our way of life for the coming generations.

  • You are helping to reduce our dependence on foreign and non-renewable energy resources.
  • You are using science and technology to meet your own needs now with consideration for the needs of future generations.
  • You are joining in the vital “greening of America” and contributing to a sustainable future.
  • You are taking the lead in your community to make a real and meaningful difference.

Take Advantage of Incentives

Seek out incentive programs that could help you create a high-performance home. Possibilities include federal and state tax credits for energy efficiency, property and flood insurance premium discounts for hazard-resistant features or homes that are certified by a third party to meet specific criteria – such as EnergyStar, Health House, Fortified...for Safer Living, or various green building programs (such as the U.S. Greenbuilding Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design [LEED for Homes] program, the Southface EarthCraft House program, National Association of Home Builders NAHB Model Green Home Building Guidelines and others).

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