A recent article in the Chesterton (IN) Tribune reported that Treasure Homes Inc. has built its first-ever "green" house at The Village in Burns Harbor. According to Sarah Oudman, president of Treasure Homes, the 1,650 square ft. house will have an estimated monthly utility bill, for both gas and electric, of $50.
In 2009, The Village subdivision was awarded the nation’s first National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) certification as a green development based on its planned 265 new-urbanism homes, their construction methods and the overall project’s preservation of natural resources.
Innovative, Energy Efficient, Sustainable “Green” Homes for Today and the Future
The home’s innovation, energy efficiency, and commitment to sustainable “green” building products and methods has been recognized by the National Association of Homebuilders with its highest certification for homes incorporating energy savings of 60 percent or more. It’s the first such award in Indiana among only 22 certified homes nationwide. Speakers at a press conference about the home described the occasion and NAHB award as momentous, auspicious and big.
When questioned about the project, Indiana Builders Association president Andy Place Sr. said that "it’s a lot of work for builders to balance green needs and cost, and keep the home marketable." The Treasure Homes award-winning house with three bedrooms, 2.5 baths and a full basement sells for $249,950.
"Increasingly builders need to let consumers choose green-building methods to get those components more into the mainstream," added Place. According to NAHB, options for such homes include:
- More durable roof coverings
- Use of recycled materials
- Well-insulated foundation
- Passive solar design
- Energy Star appliances
- Pre-built components assembled off-site
- Correctly sized heating / cooling systems
- Low VOC carpeting and paint
- Planning for water efficiency
For information about how you can make your home "greener," reduce energy consumption, and lower your utility bills, call (317) 639-1111, or visit the Thiele Heating & Air Conditioning website for information about energy efficiency and money-saving products that earn ENERGY STAR efficiency ratings.