It’s always good to see someone looking out for the little guys. In this case, the little guys I am referring to are the small to medium sized home builders.
Many times these smaller home-builders lack the funds or resources to compete with the big boys of development. It is nice to see someone lend a helping hand to the little guy during this tough economy.
The North Carolina Healthy Built Homes Program does just that.
What Is The North Carolina Healthy Built Homes Program?
The program is a collaborative effort between several local building professionals, the North Carolina Solar Center, the State Energy Office, and the North Carolina Department of Administration.
The program caters to smaller home-builders by providing support and advising in various fields. It offers technical assistance, marketing assistance, design reviews, workshops and presentations. They also offer field consultation services to help enhance a small firm’s knowledge of energy efficient home building.
How Do You Qualify For The Program?
So how do qualify for the program? You first need to meet a few requirements in order to be considered a developer of “HealthyBuilt” homes.
This is how their website describes it:
A HealthyBuilt Home is a comfortable, healthy and affordable home that reduces energy and water usage and protects the environment. Building materials and processes are selected to reduce pollution and the waste of natural resources both during the manufacturing and construction phases and throughout the life of the home. Because the quality, amenities, and energy savings are evident, these homes have a higher value and are easier to sell.
Is This A Good Idea?
I think this is a great program that could be initiated in other cities. What do you think? Leave a comment below. I am looking forward to some thoughts about this.