Certified Green Home Building
Since its inception in 1959, Amwood Custom Homes has integrated eco-friendly practices into our standard residential construction process.
We are committed to educating our builders about energy efficiency, sustainability, and green building practices. Our company supports Green Built Home, a national award winning green building initiative that reviews and certifies new homes that meet sustainable building and energy standards. We also support Energy Star, a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, which works to protect the environment through promoting energy efficient products and residential construction practices.
Green Built Home
A program of Wisconsin Environmental Initiative in partnership with the Madison Area Builders Association, Green Built Home promotes green home building practices by certifying new green homes that meet sustainable building and energy standards. By promoting building practices and products that reduce the ecological footprint of home construction, their aim is to encourage sustainable community development.
Amwood Custom Homes encourages local builders to become certified green home builders. This involves meeting key building requirements that integrate eco-conscious practices as well as registering each home with Green Built Home. In order to do this, each home must comply with Energy Star standards and pass a thorough inspection. To learn more, review the New Home Checklist.
In order to earn the Energy Star, our green homes must meet guidelines for energy efficiency set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. According to the Energy Star website, these homes are at least 15% more energy efficient than homes built to the 2004 International Residential Code (IRC) and include additional energy-saving features that typically make them 20-30% more efficient than standard homes.
For individuals interested in green residential construction, creating an energy-efficient home is the first step. Why is that? It’s simple: the energy used in homes often comes from the burning of fossil fuels at power plants, which contributes to smog, acid rain, and global warming. As a result, the less energy used results in less air pollution. To find out more, read how Green Begins with Energy Star.