What does Built Green really mean?
It’s more than just using energy-efficient appliances. Green building means making environmentally sound and sustainable decisions throughout the building process—from the building site, to the landscaping, to using sustainable materials and rapidly renewable resources. It involves optimizing water use, air quality and planning an energy-efficient design. It also incorporates decisions that minimize environmental impact in the operation of the home for years to come such as energy and water efficiency. Although some up-front costs make Green Building a bit more expensive, over the long run wasteful use is greatly minimized yielding substantially lower overall costs. In choosing options for a Green Built home, DC Granger uses careful consideration of up-front costs vs. life-cycle benefits to ensure affordability and a good return on your investment.
Green Builders have been pioneers incorporating all these facets into the building and design process. We now have a standardized 3 to 5-Star Built Green system which measures a wide variety of specific practices and design features in order to provide an overall rating for a particular building. The Built Green logo is your assurance that a builder has certified your home contains the features and meets criteria set by the rating system. Every building and building site is unique and there is no single checklist that must be met to gain a Built Green rating. Instead a point system is applied to a wide array of specific green practices that a builder has complied with in the building of a particular home. The most stringent requirements must be met to qualify for a 4- or 5-Star rating, the highest ratings in the greater Seattle area. These include independent third-party verification and exceeding the ENERGY STAR home performance levels. Other criteria are low-water and native landscaping, and high standards for non-toxic materials and air quality. DC Granger is proud to offer beautifully designed 4- and 5-Star Built Green homes to you.