What is an Environmentally Sustainable Home?

Most people think of sustainable homes in one of two ways: The first, it’s an elaborate process of using unusual alternative building principles to make your home “off the grid”. And that sustainability is only for hard-core environmentalists do who suffer inconveniences for the sake of the environment. That you use things like dirt and straw bales and other unconventional building methods.

The second way that many people think of sustainable building is that it’s for the wealthy. That it takes lots of money to buy the latest and greatest in energy efficiency and complicated technology to make a home “High Performance.”

Choice Builders sees a sustainable home differently: one built with common sense.

What if we used common sense strategies and collaboration to make your home reflect your values? An example is as simple as sourcing material. Many builders buy the lowest cost products, and the lowest cost products are often manufactured in another country and then imported & transported to your home. If we just considered the negative impact of burning fossil fuel to bring your products to your home from a land far away, the environmental cost can be quite high. What if we bought locally? What if our strategy was to source materials within a small radius to minimize our transport fuel consumption with a negligible cost impact to the home, but a large positive to the environment?

Small steps like these can have a cumulatively large impact. This is the way Choice Builders approaches every home and project: common-sense sustainability.

Featured on PBS Special Report

Roger, Choice Builders’ founder and President, was featured in a PBS Special Report on building green. The Documentary was a part of a series titled “Building Vegas GREENer: Saving Energy/Energy $avings” and aired July 20, 2010. 

The video focuses on USGBC and LEED Certification as a process for standardizing what makes a building “green.” USGBC is short for US Green Building Council and LEED stands for Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design. Roger is an Accredited Professional with USBC in Building Design and Construction.

Although the program surveys several green buildings, Roger appears just after 8 minutes 50 seconds. It’s a few minutes you don’t want to miss if you are considering Choice Builders. He explains some of the energy saving and environmental features he built for Cashman Caterpillar Nevada Headquarters. This was a $75MM, 300,000 square-foot new facility across seven buildings, and 53 acres that was completed 3-months ahead of schedule and $1.5MM under-budget. The project was awarded LEED Gold Certification, which is the 3rd-highest tier of a 4-tier system. The complexity of this project exemplifies Roger’s expertise in energy efficiency and building processes.