Pioneering Energy Efficiency in Arkansas

Green Building Programs

 

There are a number of “green” building programs around the country., Some are greener than others. GreenerHome, Inc.™ can provide consulting and compliance certification for either of the two programs we are most likely to see in Arkansas.

Both are voluntary and both look at the same general categories of energy, water, materials, sites, and indoor environmental quality plus operation, maintenance and homeowner education. Both programs have points, and the more points the higher the level.

NAHB Green  Guidelines and the NAHB National Green Building Standard

The National Association of Homebuilders has rolled out its Model Green Building Guidelines and followed up with what is now an ANSI-approved Green Building Standard. 

The Guidelines are designed to be a tool kit for the individual builder looking to engage in green building practices and home builder associations (HBAs) looking to launch their own local green building programs. 

The Standard is a more rigorous program. 

Both have levels of Bronze, Silver and Gold. Both offer Energy Star as a performance path for points associated with energy efficiency.  Third-party verification and Manual J load sizing is required.  

LEED for Homes

Historically a program for commercial buildings like the Clinton Library and the Heifer International headquarters in Little Rock,  the USGBC also offers a LEED for Homes program with levels of Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum.

LEED for HOMES. requires third-party verification and gives a lot of credit for Energy Star certification points. HERS, Inc. is the certifier of the first five LEED  homes built in Arkansas. Built by the Argenta Community Development Corp., these 1300 sq. ft. homes are constructed with energy-efficient structural insulated  panels (SIPs) and priced under $100,000 suggesting  LEED certification is not prohibitively expensive. The panels are manufactured in North Little Rock by Noark Enterprises, Inc.

In addition, HERS, Inc. is serving as  as the certifier of the first LEED for Homes townhouse development now underway in Little Rock.VERTiCAL loft homes are built using SmartStructures EcoBlock construction.

Another LEED project is CityGrove Townhomes in North Little Rock. Forty-percent of the townhomes will be LEED qualified.