LOCAL HOME BUILDERS LAUNCH NEW GREEN BUILDING PROGRAM
Aims to Build More Energy-Efficient and Environmentally-Friendly Homes in Albuquerque
ALBUQUERQUE, NM (March 13, 2006) — The Home Builders Association of Central New Mexico is unveiling a new, locally-relevant green building program called Build Green New Mexico™. This program, partnered with the Green Building Initiative™, is designed to help bring more energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly homes to the Albuquerque area by providing a baseline for practical green building approaches for local builders.
"As a builder in New Mexico for 20 years, I've noticed the increased demand for more green building options and I salute the Home Builders Association of Central New Mexico for managing this important issue and developing a structured program and guidelines for area home builders and developers," said Steve Hale, founding member of the Green Building Task Force of the Home Builders Association of Central New Mexico.
"Until recently, green building has remained the domain of a relatively small number of niche builders," said Robert Lupton, president of the Home Builders Association of Central New Mexico. "We are proud to introduce Build Green New Mexico. This comprehensive green building program will help more Albuquerque homeowners appreciate the numerous benefits of green built homes."
BENEFITS OF GREEN HOMES
While green is at the core of green building, the construction trend goes beyond just saving the environment. Owners of green homes reap various benefits that include 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.
"With energy costs continuing to rise, everyone wants to save money on monthly utility bills," said Lupton. "When you also factor in improved indoor air quality, you really begin to see the true value of a green home."
Although there is no one-size-fits-all approach to green building, the Build Green New Mexico guidelines will be customized to the local climate and based on fundamental green building principles including:
Minimize Solar Heat Gain
Maximize Natural Light and Ventilation
Create a Cool Shell
Improve Home Performance and reduce utility costs
Ensure Efficient Heating and Cooling
Use Efficient Appliances and Lights
Choose "Green" Materials
Build Green New Mexico will provide technical expertise to help local builders use the guidelines and will collaborate with the Home Builders Association of Central New Mexico to encourage the construction of green built homes across Albuquerque.
For more information on Build Green New Mexico, visit www.hbacnm.com or call (505) 344-3294.