The Builder You Can
Better Than The House Next Door
Building a certified green home is a way of ensuring that your new home provides you with an energy saving,
healthy, and resource-efficient environment for you and your family. The home must perform well as a unified
system and must be verified to meet green building standards by independent consultants through on-site checks
and quality testing.
Green Homes Look Like Your Home
Certified green buildings can look just like any other home on your block or in your neighborhood, and
don’t need to cost any more than a conventional home. Building green is not about building differently -- it’s
about building smart. Green Builders go above and beyond state and city building codes. We build homes that have
higher air quality, are more efficient, and are quieter than conventional homes. Green Builders use
sustainable, environmentally friendly building materials such as formaldehyde-free insulation, low VOC
paints and finishes, and sustainably harvested lumber products.The result is lower utility bills and a
healthier home for your family.
Choosing a Builder: Experience and Chemistry
Just as with building a conventional code home, building a certified green home means carefully selecting a
builder based on a number of criteria. While green building experience is certainly beneficial, potential home
buyers must always consider whether the chemistry is right. They must assess the builder’s integrity,
reputation and financial solvency, and ensure that the builder will be accessible for questions and
consultation for the duration of the project.
Nick Holdeman of Alcove Construction, Inc. is a certified Sustainable Homes Professional
(SHP). Nick works with The Earth Advantage Institute and each of the trades from the design of the home
throughout the construction process to insure quality and standards to meet the 3rd party certification whether
that be Earth Advantage Silver, Gold, or Platinum; Energy Star or LEED certification. Alcove
Construction uses Larry Wright of Tekneek Studios, an SHP architectual firm, to design premier energy
efficient homes for people.