What is the NC HealthyBuilt Homes Program?

Author:Stankus, Dona

The NC HealthyBuilt Homes Program is a statewide green building certification program that is a collaborative effort between the North Carolina Solar Center, the State Energy Office, NC Department of Administration, NC HBH Community Partners and local building professional organizations. The program is focused on providing support for small to medium size home builders, offering technical assistance, marketing assistance, design reviews, workshops, presentations, and field consultation services that enable builders to increase their knowledge of green building practices.

There are requirements that a NC HealthyBuilt Home and builder must meet to participate. The key is that how you meet requirements is up to you. The guidelines for building in an environmentally friendly way are summarized in the Healthy Built Homes checklist with over 150 possible strategies.

Now in its second year, the local Western NC program is growing by leaps and bounds, as homebuyers and builders alike realize the value of green building. As of February 2006, 21 NC HealthyBuilt Homes have been built and certified in Western North Carolina with 100 more expected in 2006. The first NC HBH of Greater Asheville orientation was a huge success with thirty builders, developers, realtors, and architects attending. In 2006, there are expected to be at least two small developments starting with between eight and thirty homes each that will be part of the NC HBH of Greater Asheville program; these homes will be available to homebuyers. In the next year, the program hopes to work with several local governments to provide incentives to builders who use the NC HBH of Greater Asheville program.

What is a "HealthyBuilt" home?

A HealthyBuilt Home is a healthy and affordable home that reduces energy, water usage and protects the environment. Building materials and processes are selected to reduce pollution and the waste of natural resources both during the manufacturing and construction phases and throughout the life of the home. Because the quality, amenities, and energy savings are evident, these homes have a higher value and are easier to sell.

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