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Thomasville contractor builds energy efficient homes


Times-Enterprise - Thomasville Georgia
Published December 20, 2007 12:24 am -

Sweetbriar Lakes house receives special designation for efficiency

By Alan Mauldin

THOMASVILLE — While most people are familiar with the ENERGY STAR  stickers hanging from appliances like refrigerators to certify energy efficiency, they may not know that houses can also receive the designation.
The first house in the county to receive an ENERGY STAR  blue seal was constructed in the Sweetbriar Lakes Phase II subdivision. The 2,100 square foot home has Lycene insulation, a propane tankless water heater that produces hot water on demand as well as energy-efficient air conditioning, windows, appliances and light bulbs. Capital Home Builders, which constructed the home, is
listed by as one of the 128 builders and developers in the state who have built one or more ENERGY STAR  homes or are planning to do so. The vast majority are in the Atlanta area.
Izzy Bienes said his company is embracing the future and being good stewards of the environment by building high performance homes.
“We’re committed to that. We have kids, and we’re trying to help the environment as much as we can,” he said. “We don’t want to leave them with environmental problems. This is the path that we’re taking in all our houses. It’s just better quality homes.”
Capital Home Builders has been in business for about 25 years building conventional homes, he said.
The home is listed for $319,000 and a discount on closing costs would make the total price $309,000, Bienes said.
ENERGY STAR  homes are typically 20 to 30 percent more energy efficient than standard homes, with annual savings in energy bills of about $800 to $1200, according to More than 750,000 ENERGY STAR  homes have been constructed, and more 2 million are expected by the end of the decade.
ENERGY STAR  is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. To earn the ENERGY STAR  Rating, a home has t be  independently verified by a home energy Rater, who tests the home after its completion.
Mills Herndon of First Thomasville Realty said there may be a market for energy-efficient homes in the area. “I think so, as long as they’re competitive with other similar homes,” he said. “I think that would appeal to certain people. I think it’s a good idea. I think those are good features to have.”
Reporter Alan Mauldin can be reached by calling (229) 226-2400, ext. 226.
CHB Eco Custom high performance Homes:  Response to First Thomasville Realty - Mr. Mills Herndon.
Recent comments made by local Realtor that "there may be a market for energy-efficient homes in the area" it's not a matter of their being a market for these types of homes it's the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protections Agency that is driving the country to improve energy efficiency in our homes, businesses, schools, governments, and industries which consume more than 70-percent of the natural gas and electricity used in the country. It’s one of the most constructive, cost-effective ways to discuss the challenges of high energy prices, energy security and independence, air pollution, and global climate change. The goal here is to achieve a common goal-protecting the environment for future generations by changing to more energy-efficient practices today. Some of us are not aware on the efforts being made by more than 9,000 organizations, including more than 3,500 of the nation’s home builders creating a sustainable, aggressive national commitment to energy efficiency through gas and electric utilities, utility regulators, and partner organizations together with home buyers reducing greenhouse gas emissions generated from the energy used nationwide.

Other comments “as long as they’re competitive with other similar homes” ENERGY STAR  homes are not comparable to minimum standard spec homes. Quite simply, homes that earn the ENERGY STAR  are much more efficient than standard homes typically 30% more efficient. Real Estate professionals must learn the basics of energy-efficient features and use them with prospective buyers increasing awareness. This further increases the value of the real estate professional because if they are knowledgeable, they can point out energy-saving features and benefits the buyer might enjoy.  Real estate professionals separate themselves from the rest by being better able to communicate a home’s true value.

Benefits of an ENERGY STAR  home include: Lower ownership costs-compared with standard spec homes, ENERGY STAR  homes use substantially less energy for heating, cooling, and water heating-delivering hundreds of dollars of annual utility bill savings. Better performance-an energy-efficient home (ones that earn the blue seal) helps make sure consistent temperatures between and across rooms, improved indoor air quality, and greater durability. Higher resale values-by the end of this decade, more than 2 million homes are expected to earn the ENERGY STAR  while utility and fuel costs continue to increase. By choosing a home with the ENERGY STAR  label, borrowers confident that it will have an increasingly valued feature when the time comes to sell.

Unless borrowers pay cash for their home, each month they will make a mortgage payment. Each month they will also pay the utility bills based on their homes’ monthly energy usage. Together, these expenses are typically the largest monthly operating costs of a home.  The biggest energy-efficient feature of ENERGY STAR  qualified homes result in lower operating costs than standard spec homes. Additionally, most energy-efficient homes are more durable than standard spec homes and there for benefits from lower maintenance costs.

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