What is Green Building?
Green building is the practice of creating homes out of materials that are environmentally responsible, using processes that create a resource-efficient home — throughout it’s life.
Also known as “sustainable” or a “high-performance” home, a green home is a highly efficient home. A green home is built with products that are better for the environment such as recycled countertops and composite decking, and also extend into lighting and plumbing fixtures that help minimize the consumption of water, energy and natural resources. Green building also means minimizing environmental effects – such as waste and pollution.
And, at the end of the day, building a green home promotes healthier living environments benefiting the people — the families — who call them home.
What are the benefits of building Green?
Most clients choose to build green due to the enormous environmental benefits, and the long-term bottom line savings. Building green means maximizing both economic and environmental performance. The J.Hensley Services team works together, from the very beginning, and takes an integrated approach to ensure that the homeowner receives maximum benefits.
According to the United States Environmental Protections Agency, the following are the potential benefits when building Green: click here to see the list of benefits.
What is LEED?
LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. To receive LEED certification, building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification. Prerequisites and credits differ for each rating system, and teams choose the best fit for their project. To continue reading more about LEED Requirements, click here.
What does Geothermal mean?
We are often asked what Geothermal means. In simplest terms, geothermal is a different source of energy that uses the heat from the ground to heat and cool a home. This serves the purpose of reducing stress on the system, and therefore saving time and energy (and money) to heat and cool a home.
We take pride in the work we do and work with each homeowner to determine what will be the most cost-effective for the homeowner. We would advise a client to put geothermal in the house depending upon the return on the investment.
Do Homeowners Recieve a Tax Abatement for Building Green?
According to the City of Cincinnati: the LEED-CRA residential tax abatement is a real property tax exemption offered for both new construction and renovation of residential space (up to 3 units), constructed according to green standards and located within the City of Cincinnati. To be eligible, projects must receive LEED certification from the US Green Building Council.