Building "Green"

Green building, also known as high-performance building or sustainable construction, has been practiced by builders and remodelers for centuries but the modern Greater Cedar Rapids Area Home Builders Association | Hiawatha, IAera of sustainable construction started in the 1970’s as oil prices rose and the need for energy efficiency increased.

High-performance buildings are designed and constructed to incorporate environmental considerations and resource efficiency into every step of the home building and land development process with the goal to minimize the home's environmental impact. Green building is a practical response to a variety of issues that affect all of us — like increasing energy prices, waning water resources and changing weather patterns.

Key Components of a Green Home

  • Energy-efficiency improvements such as a high-performance building envelope, efficient HVAC systems, high-performance windows and energy-efficient appliances and lighting

  • Water conservation measures such as water-efficient appliances and fixtures, filtration systems and drought-resistant or low-maintenance landscaping

  • Greater Cedar Rapids Area Home Builders Association | Hiawatha, IAResource conservation using materials and techniques such as engineered wood and wood alternatives, recycled building materials, sustainably harvested lumber and more durable products

  • Indoor environmental quality considerations such as effective HVAC equipment, formaldehyde-free finishes, low-allergen materials, and products with minimum off-gassing or low volatile organic compounds (VOCs)

  • Site design planning such as minimizing disruption and preserving open space

  • Home owner education through manuals and operating guides