R/S Development Home Building Company Joins the Southern Nevada Green Building Partnership
October 09, 2007 — The Southern Nevada Green Building Partnership and R/S Development LLC on Tuesday jointly announced that R/S Development has signed up to participate in the partnership's program, which was established to help builders design and construct more environmentally sensitive, or "green" new homes in metropolitan Las Vegas.
The Green Building Partnership, a program of the Southern Nevada Home Builders Association and the Green Building Initiative of Portland, Ore., will provide R/S Development, and other home building companies that sign up for the program, the technical expertise to use the program's 10-page green building guidelines developed specifically for conditions in Southern Nevada. The partnership will administer an impartial, third-party inspection and verification that the program guidelines have been met in the design and construction of the home; and will issue certification that the home has been constructed to the program's green building requirements.
R/S Development has launched its participation in the Green Building Partnership with its Kingswood Crown Series in Summerlin at the I-215 Beltway and Charleston Boulevard; and Alpian Meadows at Mountains Edge at Blue Diamond Road and Buffalo Drive. New-home construction and sales are under way at both subdivisions. Kingswood Crown Series will have 98 homes, and Alpian Meadows will have 84 homes. There's more about the communities at the company's Web site, www.rsdev.com.
"As a locally owned and operated builder for over 25 years, we recognize the importance of environmentally friendly construction in the Las Vegas community," said Randall T. Schaefer, founder and owner of R/S Development. "We are proud to be one of the first to join this dynamic program and look forward to providing our homeowner and their families with the continual benefits that green building offers."
Schaefer established R/S Development in metropolitan Las Vegas in 1981. He also serves as a member and chairman of the Nevada State Contractors Board, the state regulatory agency that oversees the construction industry statewide. R/S Development has built more than 2,000 homes in 18 communities. Schaefer has built more than 35 custom homes ranging from 4,000 square feet to more than 10,000 square feet. An active member of the Southern Nevada Home Builders Association, Schaefer served as president of the association in 1992 and 1996. He accepted an award, on behalf of the association, in 1996 from the Clark County Health District for the association's work on dust-control at construction sites.
R/S Development is known as "the Custom Touch Builder" for customizing homes for each homebuyers' lifestyle. It has garnered numerous prestigious local, regional and national industry awards. The company is involved in the ComfortWise energy-efficiency program, and also, the Water Smart Home water-efficiency and conservation program.
Green building goes beyond energy conservation. The Green Building Partnership's goal is to direct the efficient use of resources, materials, energy and water; maximize the indoor environmental quality in new housing; and educate homeowners about the operation and maintenance of a green home.
Homeowners who buy a green home will benefit in several ways; lower operating costs because of the reduced use of water, electricity and gas; and a higher level of indoor air quality because of the guideline requirements for environmentally sensitive building materials and ventilation systems.
"We are pleased to have R/S Development as a participant in the Southern Nevada Green Building Partnership," said Irene Porter, executive director of the Southern Nevada Home Builders Association, which administers the program. "Randy and R/S Development have a long and distinguished history in the home building industry. The company has demonstrated its commitment to energy and water conservation. Participation in the Green Building Partnership is a natural extension of the company's ongoing commitment to its homebuyers and the community."
SNHBA, the largest and oldest trade association representing the Southern Nevada residential construction industry, and the GBI of Portland, Ore., formed the Southern Nevada Green Building Partnership in mid-2005; together, they developed the program guidelines to serve the needs of production home building in Southern Nevada.
The guidelines are based on the National Association of Home Builders' Model Green Home Building Guidelines, but were customized to meet the special conditions of the Southern Nevada environment. SNHBA is an affiliate of NAHB. The NAHB guidelines were developed in 2004 by a stakeholder group of nearly 60 builders, environmentalists, government agencies and product manufacturers, and provide a baseline for practical green building approaches for the residential construction industry.
GBI's mission is to accelerate the adoption of building practices that result in more energy-efficient, healthier and environmentally sustainable buildings by promoting credible and practical green approaches. GBI partnered with the National Association of Home Builders, and local home builder association chapters, such as SNHBA, to develop green building programs based on the NAHB Model Green Building Guidelines and customized to specific geographic locations.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE GREEN BUILDING PARTNERSHIP GUIDELINES
Although there is no one-size-fits-all approach to green building, the Southern Nevada Green Building Partnership program requirements are based on fundamental green building principles, including, but not limited to the following:
For more information about the Southern Nevada Green Building Partnership and the benefits of green building, visit www.snhba.com and click on the Green Building Partnership logo on the home page, or contact Connie Suckling at (702) 794-0117 or connie@snhba.