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1.21.08  HBA-Raleigh/Wake joins forces with HBA-Durham, Orange and Chatham counties to form new Green Home Builders of the Triangle council.

 

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PRESS RELEASE

January 21, 2008, For Immediate Release

Contact: Tim Minton - (919) 233-2033

Nick Tennyson – (919) 493-8899

Bill Beasley – (919) 624-7903

Home Builders Announce Triangle Green Building Program

The Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange and Chatham Counties (HBADOC) has joined resources with the Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County (HBARWC) to announce the formation of the Green Home Builders of the Triangle.  This coalition of home builders, suppliers and leaders in the real estate industry will kick off this announcement with a press conference on Monday, January 28th, 10:00 a.m. at the HBA of Raleigh-Wake County office. Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker, Cary Mayor Pro-tem Julie Robinson, and Durham County Commission Chairman Ellen Reckhow will be in attendance.

“We are pleased to join an established program with a successful track record,” commented Tim Minton, Executive Vice President of the HBARWC. “The joint program enables us to encourage our members to participate in green building practices across the Triangle. Especially during this drought, it is important that home builders develop practices that can save drinking water.”

“It made perfect sense for us to bring the Raleigh-Wake County HBA into the program, because many builders in our area construct homes all over the Triangle,” said Nick Tennyson, Executive Vice President of the HBADOC. “Having a collaborative, Triangle wide program will result in a bigger, stronger initiative,” he stated.

In its first year of operation, the green building program originally established by the HBADOC enrolled 150 homes and issued certificates for nearly 100 of those. Based on the Model Green Home Building Guidelines developed by the National Association of Home Builders in 2005, the program enables builders to apply for certification by meeting performance goals in each of the following areas: 1) lot design, preparation, and development; 2) resource efficiency; 3) energy efficiency; 4) water efficiency; 5) indoor environmental quality; 6) operation, maintenance, and homeowner education; and 7) global impact. Third-party review of the certification packages for each of the homes enrolled in the program has been provided by an independent contractor with extensive experience in green building techniques and materials.

The program’s emphasis is evident in its slogan, which proclaims that “We’re Bringing Green to the Mainstream,” and the local HBAs have worked hard to keep the program cost effective for builders. As a result, the program has been embraced not only by specialty custom builders who each build a few homes each year but also by local volume builders who construct hundreds of homes in our area on an annual basis. Homes enrolled in the certification program represent a wide range of styles and price points, including entry-level houses and even Habitat projects.

“Triangle residents will have the chance to view some of the homes enrolled in the program during our Third Annual Green Home Tour, scheduled for May 3 and 4,” said Bill Beasley, 2008 Chair of the Green Home Builders of the Triangle. “We’re pleased to be able to offer this excellent opportunity for Triangle residents to learn more about green building features and technology, and we expect that this year’s tour will include homes all over the area,” he added.

“Potential homebuyers and builders have become much more interested in green building as energy prices have gone up. The recent drought condition has made it clear that energy is not the only ‘green’ issue,” commented Tennyson. “We believe that this voluntary, HBA-managed program is a great way for us to address these concerns and help to create a more sustainable future for the Triangle,” he stated.

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