Suppliers and manufacturers of this year’s National Association of Home Builders International Builders’ Show in Orlando says affordability and not high-technology is the main factor to seal deals with home buyers for their green-built homes. Home buyers’ major motivation in the recent market is the cost-effectiveness of their green-built homes.
Home builders, remodelers and three NAHB members spoke in a press conference during the association’s International Builder’s Show, which celebrated its 4th annual Green Day on January 13, 2011.
The press conference was held in connection with Builders’ Challenge, which presents technical assistance to home builders and remodelers building green-built homes to be at least 30% more efficient, compared to the current energy code requirements.
Builders that are interested in certifying their green-built homes with the Builders Challenge can do it while meeting the extra requirements of the National Green Building Standard— which offers dual certification for remodelers and home builders who will go beyond the major categories created by the U.S. Green Building Council for their green-built homes.
As energy efficiency requirements in most building codes become more rigorous, participants of the Builders Challenge are said to be ahead of the game, which can place them at a competitive lead, said David Lee, who lead the program for the U.S Department of Energy.
Since its launch in February 2008, the Builders Challenge program has certified more than 5,000 green-built homes. About 1,000 out of the 5,000 homes were built in East Texas area by David Weekly Homes, a privately held new home builder in America.