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Green Building Fortifies Floor Futures

Green building involves health, water conservation, energy efficiency, disaster mitigation and, of course, sustainable floor coverings. A certified green building is intended to keep you

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healthier, save you money and help ensure the building’s durability. There are several national certifications and over half of states have regional, state or city certification programs.

Builders generally believe that green building certification is not worth the expense and time. Those who do get certifications most often opt for Energy Star or just a HERS rating. There is an expectation that many builders who currently get Energy Star certifications will drop out of the program when Version 3 goes into effect in January 2012 due to added challenges for thermal enclosure and preventing water intrusion.

Builders need to explore the costs and benefits of certification and incorporate certification into their business’s marketing plan. Average certification costs, including the third party certifier and the fees to the certifying organization, for a building of 1,750 square feet or less range from $600+/- for a local program to $2,500+/- for one of the national programs, according to Dr. Jennifer Languell, Trifecta Construction Solutions, Ft. Myers, Florida.

The Appraisal Institute offers a green certification for appraisers. Recently they announced an addendum to the Fannie Mae Form 1004 that lets appraisers add the contributory value of a home’s green features. Some builders have seen an increase in appraisal values from 8% to 20% for green features if they spend time with the appraiser and give them a copy of the homeowner’s manual, case studies from the Green MLS Tool Kit and carefully walk them through the home.

Green building products entail an even more complex list of third party certifiers and a good deal of “greenwashing” as well. To have some fun do a search on the term ‘sins of green washing.’ A few of the certification bodies to know about that relate to floor coverings include: CRI’s Green Label Testing Program certifies low-emitting carpets, GreenGuard certifies a wide variety of floor covering products and Scientific Certification Systems have developed a broad range of product certification programs since 1984…stay tuned, to be continued!

Green Halloween 2011

Goodwin Heart Pine was a proud participant in the Green Halloween Celebration in Gainesville Florida 2011, which was organized by the US Green Building Council, Heart of Florida Chapter, here are some fun moments!Green Halloween Goodwin Heart Pine 2011

Connecting with Clients Who Love Reclaimed Wood

Green building is about reclaimed wood flooring and using reclaimed materials. See this beautiful River Recovered Antique Heart Pine reclaimed wood floor in this restored Key West home.

The owner noted that he chose Goodwin because he felt that we cared more about what he wanted than ‘just selling a floor.’

Call us and tell us about your project.

Key West Restoration Features Reclaimed Wood Flooring

Save Money & Enjoy Your Home More

Goodwin Hosts the USGBC Heart of Florida Board of Directors

Plan to Help Homeowners Live More Sustainably

Here’s the US Green Building Council Heart of Florida Board of Directors meeting at Goodwin Heart Pine to plan how to better serve our homeowners. Some of us are also energy auditors for the local Community Weatherization Coalition. We decided to go to the Women’s Club and Rotary to share tips for saving money on your energy bill. Here are a few places to start. Every home is different, so you may want to browse www.energysavers.gov/your_home to get many more ideas.
· Sealing a home’s exterior can save 10-25% of heating costs. You’ll want to focus on the common places for leaks and various types of caulks, weather-stripping and foam gaskets for exterior wall electrical outlets and light switch plates.
· A shaded outdoor Central AC condenser unit can save up to 10% on cooling, but make sure airflow is not restricted. Clean out leaf debris taking care of the coils and keep the large line well insulated.
· Each degree adjustment on your thermostat can save up to 4% on your energy bill. Preferred settings are 78 degrees Fahrenheit in the Summer time and 68 in Winter. Ceiling fans on when you are in a room will make the temperature feel more comfortable.
· Refrigerators use more energy than any other appliance. Clean the coils at least two times a year under the unit to save energy and keep the unit working well longterm. A long brush from the home supply store makes this easy.
· Adjust the hot water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or Medium and drain the unit once a year to avoid sediment buildup.
We are planning newsletters quarterly so we can share more of the details on these and other home operation tips. Best regards for saving and enjoying your home even more.