Local builder applauded for building Green Certified Homes

Snyder Homes has been named a Home Innovation NGBS Green Partner of Excellence for 2014. Being one of only a handful of Home Innovation’s green certification participants to be recognized validates the commitment the Shelburne business has made to provide its customers with increased value, comfort, durability, and efficiency through its National Green Building Standard (NGBS) Green Certified homes.
“‘Going Green’ was a logical path for building professionals to follow when the market was in decline and everyone was looking for something to set themselves apart and make the sale,” said Home Innovation Research Labs president and CEO Michael Luzier. “But now that the market is coming back, dedicated partners like Snyder Homes prove that participating in our rigorous third-party certification program isn’t just a gimmick or a fad – it’s a strategic business decision that is paying dividends and changing the marketplace.”
To date, Snyder Homes has constructed homes in Hinesburg, Middlebury, Shelburne, and Williston that were NGBS Green Certified by Home Innovation Research Labs. These certified homes include energy and resource-conserving features such as highly efficient furnaces, water heaters, air conditioning, and a thorough insulation package.
“Our Team at Snyder Homes is very proud of our continued involvement in building Green Certified Homes. We consistently look at how we can improve the products and installation methods to reduce the operating costs of each home that we build, while staying focused on the overall cost of the homes.”
To earn certification to the National Green Building Standard, a home must meet rigorous criteria in six categories – Lot & Site Development; Resource Efficiency; Energy Efficiency; Water Efficiency; Indoor Environmental Quality; and Homeowner Education. There are mandatory practices in each category that every NGBS Green Certified home must meet, and there are a wide range of additional optional practices in each category that a builder can select based on the applicability to buyers or renters in their market. There are also mandatory point minimums in every category in order for a home to attain the next level of certification, which is a more stringent requirement than in any other national certification program.
For more information on the NGBS or the Home Innovation certification program, visit www.homeinnovation.com/green. For more information on Snyder Homes, visit www.SnyderHomesVT.com or contact Chris Snyder (802) 985-5722 or csnyder@snyderhomesvt.com.