NAHB Certified Green Professional Program
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Certified Green Professional™ designation recognizes builders, remodelers and other industry professionals who incorporate green building principles into homes—without driving up the cost of construction. Classwork leading to the designation provides a solid background in green building methods.
H.J. LeBoeuf & Son successfully completed the requirements established by the NAHB Green Building Designations Board of Governors in May 2011. Since that time we have been involved in many green building projects that have helped our clients conserve energy, save money and reduce their overall impact on the environment.
Benefits of Green Design
Contrary to popular belief, building an energy efficient, durable, high performance home does not have to be unduly expensive. Any additional costs represent an investment that will pay for itself many times over in lower operating and maintenance costs during the life of the home.
Homeowners stand to benefit from increasing the environmental performance of their home for many reasons:
- Lower Energy Costs
Green buildings consume on average 28% less energy than conventional buildings by using energy efficient insulation, HVAC systems, appliances and light fixtures.
- Reduced Water Consumption
Green buildings can cut water consumption by 50% through the use of low-flow faucets, shower heads, and dual flush toilets.
- Healthy Indoor Air Quality
Low-VOC, non-toxic construction materials and improved ventilation lead to less respiratory illnesses caused by indoor air pollutants including dust and mold spores.
- Improved Durability
O&M costs are reduced over the lifetime of the building. This can be attributed to the fact that green construction utilizes cutting edge quality materials, components and systems.
- Increased Value of Home
Newly constructed homes with third-party certifications for sustainability and energy efficiency sell for more on average than non-certified homes.
- Tax Incentives & Rebates
Federal, State and local tax incentives and rebates are often available for green buildings.