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Building Greener with North Homes

Many North Homes clients are interested in building “green”. There are many reasons to consider building green.

  • Desire to help the environment
  • Creating a healthier living environment for you and your family
  • Reducing monthly energy costs
  • Tax break incentives
  • Meet “green” certification levels

The reasons for building green with North Homes:

  • Michael North is a Certified Green Builder
  • Research on options and assistance in determining your return on investment
  • Assistance in keeping up to date on green options as they become available and cost effective

Building green with North Homes incorporates considerations for all aspects of your home’s life cycle.

  • Lot Selection
  • Home Orientation
  • Green Products
  • Application of Green Construction Practices
  • Ongoing Maintenance of a Green Home
  • Final Demolition Considerations

Home certifications currently available:

  • Energy Star Compliance
  • NAHB National Green Building Program
  • LEED (Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum)

North Homes can help you wade through the myriad of green building opportunities to choose those that matter the most to you. See the attached checklist to help you clarify your green build options.

While Building Green may cost more up front, it reduces your environmental footprint, saves money on utilities, and possibly offers tax credits or deductions. What are important aspects and features to you when building your environmentally friendly custom home?

Energy & Water Efficiency

  • Solar Panels
  • Wind Turbine
  • Geothermal Heating & Cooling
  • House Wrap
  • Insulation (Spray Foam)
  • SIPS (Structural Insulated Panels)
  • ICF (Insulated Concrete Form)
  • Manifold Plumbing System
  • Low Flow Toilets
  • Water Recycling Pump
  • Low-e Windows (.33) Rating
  • Motion Exhaust Fan
  • Occupancy/Motion Sensors
  • Automatic Daylight Dimming Controls
  • 1.2 GPM Faucet Aerators
  • Energy Star Appliances
  • Tank Less Water Heater
  • Solar Water Heating System
  • Irrigation Zoned
  • Rain Gage
  • 17.5 Seer Heat Pumps
  • Live Roof
  • Compact Fluorescent Bulbs
  • South Facing Windows
  • Radiant Floor Heating

Indoor Air Quality

  • Glue Water Base (No VOC)
  • Lock Seal Can Lighting
  • Exhaust Fans in Garage & Kitchen
  • Exhaust Fans on Motion Detectors
  • Direct Vent Fireplaces
  • Low VOC Paints and Caulk
  • Recovered Air Systems
  • Electronic Air Cleaner


  • Recycled Products
  • Renewable Materials
  • Salvaged, Reclaimed, or Refurbished Materials

Low Impact

  • Recycled Perimeter Drains
  • Local materials
  • Local labor
  • Construction Debris Recycled

Less Waste

  • 2 x 4 headers (Non bearing Walls)
  • Pre Cut Floor Systems
  • Recycled Drywall
  • Built-in Recycling Center

Less maintenance & Durable Products

  • LP Smart Siding
  • Composite Decking
  • Cork Flooring
  • Leather Floor
  • Bamboo Floor