What is Green Building?
The practice of creating structures and using processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building’s life cycle: from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and deconstruction. This practice expands and complements the classical building design concerns of economy, utility, durability, and comfort.
All North Charleston homes verified by Hunley Waters have a “Green Ready” Label.
This label certifies that the home has been built by the manufacturer in accordance with Green Building practices by NAHB. A NAHB green certification can be obtained by the builder upon completion of the site work and documentation required, as well as approval by an NAHB verifier.
What is Energy Star?
Energy Star is a United States government program created in 1992 by the US Environmental Protection Agency in an attempt to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emission by power plants. What began originally as a voluntary labeling program has grown in to one of the largest efforts worldwide to promote energy efficient consumer products. Energy Star labels are found on over 40 product categories and in the year 2005 alone is responsible for saving consumers over 12 billion dollars.
Being recognized by over 70% of households, this brand stands a credible stand in environmental leadership through the creation and approval of truly energy efficient homes.
Well constructed, more durable home
- More insulation (quieter, greater comfort)
- Tight construction (fewer drafts, less dust)
- Tight ducts (better indoor air quality, more efficient equipment operation)
- Advanced windows (advanced technology)
- High efficiency equipment (less maintenance, moderates interior temperature swings, longer equipment life)
Quality and efficiency
- Environmental protection: Less greenhouse gas emissions
- Better Workmanship: Third party certified plants and more rigorous inspections
- ENERGY STAR is built-in, resulting in lower operating costs (<5% of all Modular built homes)
- Average annual savings of $300 – $500 in utility bills
- Additional savings on maintenance
- Greater resale value