Builders Note – Volume 1, Issue 6 October 2009
Lake Norman Business Magazine, interviews G.P. Kon Custom Builders on "Green".
Today growing public awareness about green products, sensitivity to environmental concerns and changing attitudes among homebuyers are rapidly pushing green-building from a niche market into the mainstream.
In spite of the country’s current weakened economic market and housing industry crisis, homebuilding has not come to a complete standstill. As buyers continue to purchase homes, they are increasingly doing so with sustainability and cost-savings in mind.
Office and government sectors have traditionally led green-building activity; however, the residential market is expected to show the most growth, industry-including homebuilding-is currently worth $60 billion, it’s projected to grow to between $96 billion and $140 billion by 2013.
“People are more aware of what green means and I think people also understand that green can save you money”, said builder Gra Wagner of G.P. Kon Custom Builders, Inc., which earned its green certification last year from the National Association of Home Builders.
There are dozens of certification programs across the country to ensure that homes are built to meet certain green standards. Many require that homes be built to the minimum Energy Star requirements, along with third-party verification and testing to guarantee the quality, said Pippin, who is co-chairperson of the Lake Norman Home Builders Association’s Green Building Council.
Exactly what is a green home? It incorporates smart design, technology, construction and maintenance elements to significantly lessen the negative impact of the home on the environment. Such homes also improve the health of the people who live inside.
Builders, responding to consumer demand, are embracing the green movement local and nationally. Building green also gives builders a competitive advantage, particularly in a down market. In February, Gra Wagner of G.P. Kon Custom Builders said dozens of people toured what he touts as the “greenest” home in The Farms community in Mooresville. Attendees got to see the $575,000 home and learned about some of its green features: renewable resources, spray-foam insulation low-VOC paint and energy-efficient windows. The 3,700-square-foot house also has Energy Star appliances, a sealed, insulated crawl space and trees that shade the house.
The future is now. The way we Americans are, we consume, consume, consume, and we’ve got to stop it somewhere.
Builders Note – Volume 1, Issue 5 May 2009
G.P Kon sells first Certified Green Home at The Farms! - Recession Building interest in “green” houses.
At a time when the recession has dumped the housing market into the basement, builders say energy-efficient homes are selling, especially affordable ones for young people in their first home and retirees with a wary eye on rising utility bills when they’re living on a fixed income.
Energy savers used to be affordable only in high-end homes, but now they’re more practical; easier to install and less expensive. Water heaters are a traditional energy gobbler, but with the tank less water heaters, cost of heating water can be reduced with on demand water. EnergyStar homes must be 15 percent more efficient than a house just built to code. The homes require EnergyStar inspections that look at everything from heat duct leakage to insulation to windows to water heaters. This means there are fewer maintenance issues because there’s another set of third-party inspections. It’s more work, but it’s worth it because it’s what the market wants and these homes are selling!
Builders Notes - Volume 1, Issue 4 January 2009
Why Build or Buy a Green House??
- Icynene spray foam insulation provides a tighter barrier than traditional insulation, reducing energy costs and protecting residents against mold and other allergens.
- Low-E ENERGY STAR windows reflect radiant heat in the summer and retain interior heat in the winter.
- An ENERGY STAR advanced lighting package reduces energy cost with compact fluorescent bulbs and qualified hard-wired fixtures and ceiling fans. Learn More...
Builders Notes - Volume 1, Issue 3 December 2008
Jobs and Income by Industry
The table below shows the number of jobs, wages and salaries, and other incomes generated from building an average single family home, a multifamily rental unit and $100,000 spent on remodeling. The jobs are expressed in “full time equivalents”, where one full-time job means that the labor required is sufficient to keep one worker employed full time for one year.
Across all industries, 3.05 jobs are created by building an average single family home. About half of the full-time jobs created are in the construction industry. Other jobs are spread over other industries with manufacturing ranking second. Read More...
Builders Notes - Volume 1, Issue 2 August 2008
Builder putting up Certified Green home at the Farms
G.P. Kon Custom Builders has just been awarded its Green Certification by the National Association of Home Builders. G.P. Kon Custom Builders, a featured builder in The Farms community off Brawley School Road, is building its and the community’s “greenest” home to date. The home, in Crescent Communities subdivision, will use renewable resources and green features that will save its future owners money. Once the home is complete, it will receive certification from the National Association of Home Builders. Here are some of the home’s green features and their benefits:Read More...
Builders Notes - Volume 1, Issue 1 July 2008
G.P. Kon Custom Builders is now a certified green builder by the National Home Builders Association. What does that mean? A green house is a healthy built home that is a comfortable, healthy and affordable home that reduces energy and water usage and protects the environment. Building materials and processes are selected to reduce pollution and the waste of natural resources both during the manufacturing and construction phases and throughout the life of the home. Because the quality, amenities, and energy savings are evident, these homes have a higher value and are easier to sell. Read More..