+ Why is it important to buy or build a green?
+ What defines a green built home or project?
+ Is a green home more expensive?
+ Who builds green in New Mexico and where?
+ Why is building efficiently catching on?
+ Are there any drawbacks to building green?
+ How do I retrofit an existing home green?
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The Home Builders Association of Central NM (HBA CNM) has been involved in Green Building practices for well over a dozen years. In 2006 we started Build Green NM. The base of our program was the NAHB Model Green Home Building Guidelines. We have certified Hundreds of homes in this program in the state of NM. Early in 2009 Build Green NM adopted the new ANSI National Green Building Standard. This Standard raised the bar for Green Building in NM. Build Green NM is a statewide program for certifying Green Residential Building and is now housed under the Foundation For Building (FFB), a non profit that also support affordable housing and builder education. Build Green NM is recognized in several local and state codes and at the higher levels of certifications homes may qualify for substantial state tax credits.
Build Green New Mexico is a voluntary program, the purpose of BGNM is to encourage homebuilders to use technologies, products and practices that will:
- Provide greater energy efficiency and reduce pollution
- Provide healthier indoor air
- Reduce water usage
- Preserve natural resources
- Improve durability and reduce maintenance
Build Green NM participants recognize the opportunity, responsibility and necessity, both from the industry perspective, and from the individual builder’s perspective to build higher performing homes.
How does the program work?
When a builder enrolls in the program they are not required to build every home to meet the program’s criteria; some builders register every one of their homes with the program, others choose to participate at whatever level best suits their market.
Every home registered with the program must meet the BGNM programs minimum criteria. These criteria, known as the Scoring Tool which is based directly on the ANSI Nattional Green Building Standard (NGBS), i . Under the NGBS there are 4 levels that can be attained; Bronze, Silver, Gold and the highest Emerald. Only those homes registered and certified within the BGNM program will receive a “certified” designation.
Informing and educating the home-buying public on the value of a home that meets Build Green NM standards is one of the primary undertakings of the program.
Neighborhood Education Outreach
The Green Building Council is availible to speak at your local neighborhood association! Look below for more information!