“Extreme Makeover” home gets green certification


A deserving Central Illinois family soon will have a new green roof over their heads thanks to the efforts of Bloomington-based Brady Homes and ABC’s Extreme Makeover, Home Edition — as well as the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) National Green Building Program.

The home builder is working with Energy Diagnostics of Valparaiso, Ind., an NAHB Research Center-accredited verifier, to ensure that the home meets the requirements of the National Green Building Standard. The Research Center administers the certification program for NAHBGreen, the program that includes the Standard rating tool.

To comply with National Green Building Standard requirements, homes must meet benchmarks in energy efficiency, water efficiency, resource efficiency, indoor environmental quality, and lot and site development. In addition, the builder must provide education and a homeowner’s manual to help ensure the home is operated and maintained to retain its green advantages.

The Extreme Makeover home will include a geothermal heat pump as a renewable energy source, Energy Star-rated appliances to conserve water as well as energy, native and drought-resistant landscaping, a sealed duct system, advanced framing techniques that use fewer raw materials and ventilation features that help create better indoor environmental quality. 

The home is also designed to achieve a 5-starEnergy Star New Home Certification, the highest available.  Energy Diagnostics forecasts the annual energy savings for this home will be more than $2,700 over one built to prevailing building codes.