No. Achieving energy efficiency does not require alterations to architectural plans. The basics of energy efficient construction can be applied to any style that a homeowner prefers.
What is the difference between the national and local green building programs?
Energy Star® is a core element to most local and national green building programs. Features of an Energy Star® qualified home include: ▪effective insulation ▪ advanced windows ▪ tight construction ▪ duct sealing ▪Right-sized and High-efficieny HVAC ▪ Third-party tested.
National programs such as LEED-H and NAHB’s Green Home Building Guidelines and regional programs such as Earthcraft House and Energy Key have similar green building categories but differ in the points required and pre-requisites.
Does an Energy efficient home cost more?
No. Because an energy efficient home costs the homeowner less to operate, the savings in the monthly utility bills will outweigh any increase in mortgage payment due to increased investment in energy efficiency products and techniques. In most cases, the result is a positive cash flow.