Duffy Baker Construction Corp. is going green!
We have recently become a Small Builder Member with BUILT GREEN® Canada. W are very excited about our new membership! BUILT GREEN® Canada is a national, industry-driven organization committed to working with builders interested in responsible sustainability practices in the residential building sector. At Duffy Baker Construction Corp., We believe in caring for the Earth and doing our part by continuing our education regarding sustainable building.
The stats show that people like you, home owners those looking to build a new home, care about the environment too.
According to the 2017 Canadian Home Buyer National Preference Study by Avid Ratings and CHBA National:
- 63% of homebuyers say an overall high performance home is a ‘must have.’
- Four of the top 10 ‘must haves’ related to efficiency, with energy-efficient appliances coming in as the highest-ranking energy efficiency item, and the second highest ranking home feature overall in the study.
- 43% said low-flow toilets are a “must have”, while ratings showed other water efficient features to be of considerable importance to homebuyers as well—in-demand sustainable features go beyond energy efficiency.
- When asked to rate the level of importance of home certification by a designated program, 52.6% of respondents consider this a ‘must have’ feature, and an additional 27.4% rate it as a ‘really want’ item. The demand for a home certification label shows a steadily increasing trend, for Green building technology, over the three years of this study.
Preserving natural resources means leaving more for future generations to enjoy. At Duffy Baker Construction Corp., we believe it is integral to consider how our builds will impact generations to come. When we build a BUILT GREEN® home, we are reducing the environmental impact, both during the build and afterward, in the day-to-day operation of running that home. Our company is passionate about the program and pleased to work with our customers to choose from a series of options to improve the quality and efficiency of their home.
As the homeowner of a house certified through BUILT GREEN®, you will enjoy a healthier, more durable home with a lower environmental impact. These homes are affordable with a reduction in monthly operating costs, automatic rebate eligibility, improved resale value, and more.
As stated on the BUILT GREEN® Website, some of the benefits a homeowner will see, are:
1. Economic benefits
These come with a reduction in monthly operating costs, automatic mortgage loan rebate eligibility of 15%, and more. Increased home efficiency means long-term cost savings: save on water, electricity, and gas bills—while increased durability cuts on renovation costs. Meanwhile, homes with green certification sell for close to 10% more on average than homes without. And there are jurisdictions where an energy assessment is necessary before a home is sold—saving the homeowner approximately $300 – $500, depending on location.
2. A healthier, more comfortable home
This means less stress on the respiratory and immune systems; for those with allergies, benefits can be significant. Choose options like VOC- and formaldehyde-free building materials, third-party certified floor coverings, and Heat Recovery Ventilators that circulate air and removes allergens—contributing to improved air quality and fewer toxins and dust in the air. These homes have a significant reduction of drafts, cold spots, and temperature variance from room to room, due to the program’s attention to the home’s air tightness and ventilation. And options like triple-paned windows which, in addition to offering superior insulation (energy efficiency) and air tightness, offer substantial sound reduction from outside.
3. Increased durability
Durability is one of the most overlooked aspects of a sustainably built home. BUILT GREEN® homes can feature a wide variety of durable features—from engineered lumber that resists warping to extremely durable exterior features such as 30 year shingles to waterproofing foundation walls. We want to ensure that we aren’t building homes that need substantial renovation every five years.
4. A more efficient home
Our homes are resource efficient, reducing their environmental impact, both during the build and in the day-to-day operation of the home. Some of the options to choose from include: energy efficiency—furnaces and air conditioners, windows, appliances (Energy Star), etc.; electrical efficiency—Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL) and Light-Emitting Diode (LED) to timers and motion sensors to whole-home automation; and water efficiency—water-saving toilets to low-flow showers and faucets to xeriscaping and more.
5. Verification of green features
Third-party certification recognizes the authenticity of the home: you’re able to review a detailed report and a checklist showing products used. You have a terms of reference for home maintenance and have guidelines to gauge the performance of your home. Our certification is a two-in-one: an EnerGuide label and a BUILT GREEN® seal. These two labels offer validation to the energy efficiency and the green features of the home; these labels are usually affixed to the furnace or electrical panel. And certification offers you bragging rights—proudly display the certification of your home by investing in a metal plaque that appears on the outside of the home or on the sidewalk.
Building a BUILT GREEN® home will offer you peace of mind in knowing the your builder is committed to producing smarter, more responsible, and healthier homes—both for the environment and for you. When you hire a BUILT GREEN® builder, you can be assured that you have chosen a company committed to sustainable building practices.
Written by K.H