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LOCAL HOME BUILDERS LAUNCH NEW GREEN BUILDING PROGRAM
-- Aims to Build More Energy-Efficient and Environmentally-Friendly Homes in Montana --
Missoula, Mont. (June 20, 2008) – Today, the Montana Home Builders Association and Missoula Building Industry Association unveiled a new voluntary residential green building program called the Montana Green Building Program. This new program —partnered with the Green Building Initiative™ (GBI)— is designed to help bring more energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly homes to Montana by providing a baseline for practical green building methods and training resources for local builders. The program was unveiled during the Montana Building Industry Association State Convention in Missoula, Mont.
"This innovative program is the first of its kind in the state of Montana," said John Freer, chairman of the Green Building Committee at the Montana Home Builders Association. "We are proud to introduce the Montana Green Building Program. This comprehensive green building program will help more homeowners appreciate the numerous benefits of green built homes."
BENEFITS OF GREEN HOMES
Green building in residential construction offers many advantages beyond just improved environmental performance. Owners of green homes reap various benefits, including utility savings, improved indoor air quality and less overall maintenance. Not surprisingly, green homes also have less negative impact on the environment by saving energy and reducing waste, particularly during construction.
"Because a typical 2,000 square foot home generates four tons of waste material during construction, the practice of green building aims to use renewable resources and to recycle excess job-site materials whenever possible," said Freer. "When you also factor in improved indoor air quality and reduced environment impact, you really begin to see the true value of a green home."
COMMON GREEN BUILDING BEST PRACTICES
Although there is no one-size-fits-all approach to green building, Green Build Montana's green building guidelines are based on fundamental green building principles including:
Minimize Solar Heat Gain
The Montana Green Building Program will provide technical expertise to help local builders use the guidelines and will collaborate with local Home Builder Associations throughout the state to encourage the construction of green built homes in Montana.The mission of the Green Building Initiative is to accelerate the adoption of building practices that result in energy-efficient, healthier and environmentally sustainable buildings by promoting credible and practical green building approaches. A not-for-profit education initiative, the GBI is supported by a broad cross section of organizations and individuals with an interest in residential and commercial construction. For more information on the Green Building Initiative, please visit www.thegbi.org.