"Green Building 101"

Reprinted with permission from Building Systems Magazine's 2008 Green Building Guide

Constructing high-performance homes is easy, if you understand a few fundamentals.

Environmentally responsible building in America increased by 20% in 2005 and 30% in 2006, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), indicating it was catching hold even before the slowdown in new home construction. In this new housing economy, green building is one of the few bright spots in an otherwise dark time. It offers builders a way to dramatically differentiate their product from existing housing stock. Green homes, also called high-performance homes, often

appeal to upscale buyers looking to upgrade their housing while treading lighter on the planet. How do you get started? Here’s how to sort out your options..