This past Sunday, we had the great honor to host the Arlington Green Home Choice Program’s annual awards ceremony at OUR house! It was an awesome success. Arlington County uses this opportunity every year to recognize the home owners, builders and the homes that voluntarily participate in the program to build and retrofit homes to a high performing level that is “healthy, comfortable, cost efficient and reduces energy and water usage and protects the environment.” Helen, the manager of the Green Home Choice Program works tirelessly to engage builders through the entire process from design, construction to commissioning. She certainly kept us going through the hard times with her encouragement and her frequent site visits tell us how serious she and the county are about promoting green homes.
We really like the program because of its prerequisite that the home be Energy Star qualified. Even though Energy Star isn’t the most stringent standard out there, it is a great starting point and more importantly, it is performance based. This also means a Green Home Choice building will perform significantly better than a conventional home. Additionally, as Energy Star continues to tighten its standard, Green Home Choice homes will also improve in energy performance. Modeled after the EarthCraft program, Green Home Choice uses a score card to determine other sustainability features of a home, such as water use, site design, etc. Here’s the 72 page score sheet. http://freshaireva.us/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Arlington-Green-Home-Choice-Guidance-Manual-1-01-12.pdf It’s also good to look for ideas in during the design process.
For this year (2011-2012), twelve homes were certified in the Arlington Green Home Choice program. Out of which 6 received”Certified”, 3 “Silver” and 3 “Gold” awards. This is the first year, Arlington has given out the “Gold” awards.
Here’s our gold!
Special thanks to Helen Reinecke-Wilt, Joan Kelsch for organizing this successful event. To Jay Fisette for his support and commitment to a sustainable energy future. Congratulations to all the other Green Home Choice participants.
Stay tuned and be sure to come visit us on June 3rd for the 10th Annual Arlington Green Home and Garden Tour. For more information, click below.