One alternative is that the Big Box improvement stores do offer lines of credit. Since you have recently purchased a home, you probably have a fairly decent credit rating and will more than likely qualify. It's not the cheapest APR, but if you catch it at the right time of year you will find that they offer a 6 to 18 month no interest period. These stores offer the complete package and have sub-contractors who will do the installation. I used Lowe's to do a remodel a couple of years ago where I was replacing jealousy windows with new vinyl, double hung, double pane windows to increase the curb appeal and insulation factor. It ended up costing about $175/window installed and I was definitely pleased with the responsiveness of the contractor.
IF your talking new construction I would expect it to have soi foam insulation, energy efficient window, green flooring, low VOC paint, renewable building materials used un both fraiming and finishing, and high efficient heating and air units.... more
I have just the solution for you. Dewey Homes are making a huge effort to make Green living attainable. They can do a LEED BASE certified home for those who have the money to spend, but also offer green affordability in all their homes. Dewey's base home models are all Energy Star Certified. What does this mean:
1. They meet strict guidelines for energy efficiency set by the US Environmental Protection Agency. Their homes are at least 20% more energy efficient than standard homes.
2. Their homes go through a rigorous 16-point insulation inspection by an independent Home Energy Rater to ensure that your home is properly insulated to provide maximum efficiency. R-13 Wall Insulation and R-38 Roof.
3. Tight Construction - Sealed with caulks, foams, weather stripping, gaskets, and door sweeps to reduce holes and cracks in the home's envelope.
4. Sized, Sealed and Insulated Ducts - Duct systems are independently tested to ensure peak efficiency. Properly sized, sealed, and insulted ducts can increase heating and cooling efficiency by 20%. Lower bills.
5. Energy Star Qualified Windows - Low E glass.
Oakcrest Community in Valley Township is open 7 days a week 12 - 6pm. Stop by or bring clients to see our green model and learn more about our community. 610-384-1972
This all depends on how "green" you are thinking. You can have totally self sufficient homes which were made mostly from recycled items and are off the grid by creating their own energy through solar, geo-thermal, wind, etc.
Or you can have a modern home which, when remodeled, only recycled materials were used to update it. Solar panels for heat and/or electric installed to supplement and ease use of the grid. Use of florescent bulbs (which I personally do not like due to the mercury inside them which would be released if the bulb broke) or LED lighting. The list goes on.
Better research can be done by going to http://www.greenhomeguide.org/ .
Excellent question. Because we haven't pushed hard enough and loud enough for it yet. Here's an idea...
Now let's band together and get it done. :-) Friend me on facebook.
I did a quick search and found out that Lennar builds new homes in Pennsylvania. They are building a "green community" in Roseville, California right now and may be a great option for your to explore.... more