What is Green?

Green Building is a whole house approach to new home and remodeling construction that must meet certain standards as defined by a third-party verification system. This verification includes multiple categories including: site & lot design and development, resource efficiency, energy efficiency, water efficiency, indoor environment & air quality, and the homeowner’s education about the operation of the home and features.

What is the cost to tour homes on the Spring Green Home Tour?

The tour is free. 

Where can I find a Tour Book?

The 2021 Tour Book is a virtual book. There will be a link added to this website to the book and entries that are available for in-person touring will be noted. Keep in mind all entries will have a 3D tour link available on this website!

Visit www.SpringGreenHomeTour.com a few days before the tour and you will find info on all the homes, as well as a link to the online tour guide. The Tour also has a Facebook page.

How often does the Spring Green Home Tour occur?

The Spring Green Home Tour is held every Spring, usually in late April/early May.

I have questions for a Builder. How do I get in touch with them?

Contact information is listed for each home on the tour in the online tour guide. Additionally, many of the builders are planning to be available on Facebook and other platforms to answer questions. Visit the Spring Green Home Tour Facebook page for more info.

The Spring Green Home Tour is an event of the Home Builders Associations of Durham, Orange & Chatham Counties AND Raleigh/Wake County. For more information, email julie@hbadoc.com or call 919-493-8899.

What are the different Certification Programs?

NGBS: The National Green Building Standard (NGBS) is the only green building rating system for homes and apartments approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), as an American National Standard. The NGBS provides a blueprint for builders to follow for the design and construction of new and renovated single-family homes and multifamily apartment buildings. A home or multifamily building can attain one of four performance levels — Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Emerald. For a building to attain any level of NGBS Green certification, all of the applicable mandatory provisions must be correctly implemented. NGBS Green is the only residential green certification program that requires increasingly higher point thresholds in ALL categories in order for a home to reach the next level of certification. Learn more about NGBS.

Energy Star: ENERGY STAR certified homes are at least 10% more energy efficient than homes built to code and achieve a 20% improvement on average while providing homeowners with better quality, performance, and comfort. Twenty-eight hundred builders, developers, and manufactured housing plants are ENERGY STAR partners, including all of the nation’s 20 largest home builders. Over 2 million ENERGY STAR certified homes have been built, including nearly 100,000 in 2019 alone. Through the ENERGY STAR program, EPA also provides trusted guidance and online tools to help homeowners make smart decisions about improving the energy efficiency of their existing homes. In addition, more than 98,000 homeowners retrofitted their homes through the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program in 2019, for a total of more than 870,000 to date. Learn more about ENERGY STAR.

Duke HERO: A program through Duke Energy, the Duke HERO program makes it easier than ever to build energy-efficient homes. Their Residential New Construction Program provides generous cash incentives to builders and developers who build new energy-efficient homes and multi-family residences in our service territory. Learn more about Duke HERO.

HERS: The Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index is the industry standard by which a home’s energy efficiency is measured. It’s also the nationally recognized system for inspecting and calculating a home’s energy performance. Learn more about HERS ratings.

ecoSelect: Southern Energy Management, with their 10 years of building science experience, is the founder of ecoSelect. This program focuses on simplicity and expediency with a one page checklist and less administrative work. It uses straightforward standards proven to increase energy efficiency, a web based management system to provide support, and third-party verification to assure quality control and consumer confidence. Builders seeking ecoSelect certification on their homes will be certified either by Southern Energy Management or a certified, independent third party. Learn more about ecoSelect.

Environments for Living: A home built under the Environments for Living program is an energy-efficient home that has been constructed using the principles of building science. What’s that exactly? Building science is the discipline of looking at a house as an integrated system of systems that all work together, using advanced building techniques. And it requires a lot more effort on the part of your builder. Learn more about Environments for Living.

Passive House: Passive building comprises a set of design principles used to attain a quantifiable and rigorous level of energy efficiency within a specific quantifiable comfort level. "Optimize your gains and losses" based on climate summarizes the approach. Learn more about Passive House.

LEED (logo): The US Green Building Council created LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) to measure and define what green building meant, and to provide a roadmap for developing sustainable buildings. With LEED, they have established a baseline—a universally agreed upon holistic system for reducing environmental impact. LEED is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. Available for virtually all building types, LEED provides a framework for healthy, highly efficient, and cost-saving green buildings. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement and leadership. Learn more about LEED.

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