A proposal to create Connecticut’s first subdivision with green homes is currently under preliminary process. The subdivision in Berlin, a town in Hartford County, Connecticut, if approved, will be the first to have green homes built in compliance with the National Green Building Standard or NGBS, which is published in 2009, specifically for the construction of green homes.
Another set of green homes — or residential properties with sustainable designs are also built in Frazier Courtyard in Dallas, Texas, by the Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity. The residents of the homes can make sure of better indoor quality, and can save water and energy cost because they are built with the LEED standard for green home construction.
The NGBS rating system, unlike the LEED certification by the U.S Green Building Council, was specifically written as a standard for green homes. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is developed initially for institutional and commercial buildings.
By Carrier, the residential builder In Connecticut presented the subdivision’s plan — Summerlin Trails in the preliminary presentation to the Berlin’s official for an approval. The subdivision, according to company information, will consists of 83 green homes, which will stand on 122 acres of land.
The vice president at By Carrier said the NGBS standard focuses on efficient water and energy use, homeowner education, indoor air quality, and the environmental stewardship of land.
The concept plan for By Carrier’s subdivision is designed by an engineer Cheshire-based Milone & MacBroom, Tom Daly.
He said that subdivision commits to the NGBS standard, which means that it has a pedestrian-friendly layout, an extensive trail system, stormwater management, Low Impact Design for water quality, natural resource protection, and about 45 percent open space features integrated in the entire plan.
According to By Carrier, price range for the green homes in the subdivision will probably start about $450,000 to $500,000.