Last month, I attended NAHB’s midyear meeting in Miami and had the pleasure of sitting in on a presentation by Daniel Swift, president and CEO of Des Moines-based architecture group BSB Design.
Systems work in harmony to produce a green living environment
Show Village has incorporated green features before, but this year, the Green Home will be what's known as an Environments For Living Certified Green Home.
The Environments For Living program was developed by the Masco Corporation, one of the world's largest manufacturers of brand-name consumer products of new construction and home improvement markets. The program is designed to assist builders in constructing energy-efficient homes that, according to Masco, are more comfortable and durable than homes built using traditional methods.
Behind the Environments For Living program is a rigorous set of requirements that treats a home as a “system of systems” that work together on comfort and heating and cooling energy use. And the Environments For Living Certified Green program affords even more benefits in areas such as indoor environmental quality, interior water conservation and appliance efficiency.
So this Environments For Living program is just a clever way to get home builders to use Masco Products in the homes they build, right? Not exactly. Any product can be used. The Environments For Living program is prescriptive and performance-based and does not require builders to use a particular manufacturer's product. But when you visit the Green Home at Show Village, you will see a vast array of products from Masco-owned companies.
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