Take Advantage of Incentives

Claudette Reichel  |  6/25/2008 2:30:33 AM

Seek out incentive programs that could help you create a high-performance home. Possibilities include federal and state tax credits for energy efficiency or renewable energy technology (solar, wind, etc.); 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, Florida Green Building Coalition and others).

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