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Archive for Saturday, April 25, 2009

Everything is coming up green’

Home parade focuses on energy

Lloyd Skeffington, of Grand Builders, washes down the driveway of a home at 940 Anna Tappan Way on Friday. The home will be on the Spring Parade of Homes tour from noon to 5 p.m. today and Sunday. The event will continue next weekend.

Lloyd Skeffington, of Grand Builders, washes down the driveway of a home at 940 Anna Tappan Way on Friday. The home will be on the Spring Parade of Homes tour from noon to 5 p.m. today and Sunday. The event will continue next weekend.

April 25, 2009

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Homebuilders put work on 'Parade'

An economic slowdown isn't keeping area builders from showing off at the Parade of Homes. Enlarge video

In a down economy, Neal Ezell is counting on energy-efficient upgrades to empower sales of the homes he builds.

With new energy-efficiency efforts eligible for $10,200 in tax credits, and homeowners in line for saving as much as $1,900 a year on their energy bills, he figures that investing $15,000 into a new home’s energy upgrades never made so much sense.

Sure beats Wall Street.

“Do the math,” said Ezell, president of Ezell-Morgan Construction Inc., noting that the upfront expenses would be paid off in just over two years. “It’s a no-brainer.”

Ezell is among Lawrence builders anxious and excited to show off their work for the public this weekend and next during the Lawrence Homes Builders Association’s Spring Parade of Homes.

Despite — or perhaps because of — the ongoing economic downturn and real estate slump, this year’s parade includes more entrants than in recent memory. A total of 38 homes are open for public viewing, often with builders available to answer questions about their workmanship.

This year’s theme, “Everything Is Coming Up Green,” is designed to cover several trends in the building industry, said Bobbie Flory, the association’s executive director:

l Consumers are more interested than ever in both protecting the environment and saving money on their energy bills.

l Home builders are adhering to new energy-efficiency requirements as outlined in building codes approved last year.

l Builders themselves are becoming even more “green” savvy. Two association members — Kelly Drake, of Mallard Homes, and Tim Stultz, of Highland Construction — even have become certified green professionals, a National Association of Home Builders designation for those who incorporate green building principles into homes.

The green approach is building momentum, Flory said.

“It starts with lot design and ends with the consumer,” she said. “And it never ends.”

Comments

roger_o_thornhill 5 years, 7 months ago

Isn't hosing down your driveway one of those things that isn't recommended by "green" folks? That's just the tip o' the iceberg, but...

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 5 years, 7 months ago

I'm fixing a hole where the rain gets in and stops my mind from wandering where it will go....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sooNNv9qHg&NR=1

( my apologies, in arrears )

Richard Heckler 5 years, 7 months ago

Tenants to Homeowners has been building energy efficient homes using the latest technology almost a decade for low income homeowners. Tenants to Homeowners has sold several "Energy Star" homes in the last few years as well.

There are several "independent" local expert craftsman who have built extremely energy efficient homes for several years around Douglas County.

I say call in the Energy Hog to test for energy leaks when buying some of these new homes. It's known as an energy audit which Energy Star homes must pass. Some of the footage I've seen reveals many leaks in new $200,000 and up homes.

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