MLGW does not build or sell homes through the EcoBUILD program. Rather, MLGW works with builders to encourage them to adopt EcoBUILD standards in their construction practices and to perform the resulting energy inspections.
If you are a potential homebuyer, we encourage you to talk to your builder about EcoBUILD. Even if you don't build or purchase an EcoBUILD-certified home, you can learn about factors that will impact the operating cost and comfort of your home. Remember, as the homeowner, you will be paying the utility bill so you can require upgrades and changes that will lower future energy costs.
Benefits to EcoBUILD homeowners
- Energy savings of 30%, compared to standard construction practices
- More comfortable indoor temperatures with less need for thermostat adjustments
- Better indoor air quality with fewer allergens from building materials and air infiltration
- Construction techniques that make your home different from others in the neighborhood, providing a higher resale value in the future
- Personal satisfaction from investment and involvement in a green community
- A personalized EcoBUILD Homeowner's Manual, which serves as proof of certification and outlines all the unique energy and environmental features of your new home
Does an EcoBUILD home cost more?
Usually, although the amount depends on the type of equipment and materials your builder uses and how well the builder (or subcontractor) sizes systems and installs materials. Some items, such as 14 SEER air conditioners, have a higher purchase price than the industry minimum 13 SEER unit. However, you may be able to use a model with less tonnage in an EcoBUILD home than in a typical home, due to lower heat gain and better duct systems. This tonnage savings may offset the added cost of the more efficient model. Other "green building" components - from native plants to low VOC paints and finishes - are comparably priced so there is little or no added cost.
Calculations, based on local builder experience thus far, indicate the average return on investment for using more efficient equipment and systems is two to three years, based on energy savings. Are you willing to pay a little more now in upgrade costs or your mortgage to save 30% on your energy cost every month? Considering that your home is one of the largest investments you'll ever make, it pays to build it with energy efficiency and environmental factors in mind.