Local Builders Earn Green Certification

Twenty-four homebuilders are the first in the Tulsa area to earn the Certified Green Professional designation offered by the National Association of Home Builders University of Housing.
Last year, Oklahoma State Home Builders Association endorsed stringent national guidelines by NAHB Green Building program, one of the first in the country to do so. NAHB is the only green building program certified by ANSI.
The designation recognizes a high degree of professional competence. Achieving the designation requires 24 hours of NAHB-approved training, combined with additional continuing education every two years.
Training for the certification covers several subjects including how green homes require lower energy and strategies for incorporating green-building principles into homes with minimal increase in the cost of construction.
Experts estimate the return on investment comes in about 3.5 years on lesser utility bills. Many people find having a more comfortable, family-friendly environment is worth it.
Tulsa-area members who have achieved the CGP designation include: Paul Burgard of Renaissance Construction and John Fisher of Hunter Construction, Brandon L. Jackson of Tara Homes, Brandon T. Jackson of Jackson Construction Group, Ken Saltink of All-American Remodel; Ed Knell of Tulsa Habitat for Humanity, Matthew Means of Landmark Resources, Billy Parks of ABC Supply, Dale Penn of Penn Development Group, Brandon Perkins of Brandon Perkins Development, Phillip Rhees of BMI Properties, all in Tulsa; Larry Cagle of Cagle Construction; Bill Cassetty of Billy Cassetty Co., Jeffrey Smith of Cedar Rock Homes, Craig Thurmond of Thurmond Consulting, all in Broken Arrow; Brent Green of Green Homes in Claremore, Russ Miller and Ron Scott of Affordable Insulation of Oklahoma in Collinsville; Fred Pruett of Renovations by FRED in Sapulpa; and of Bixby: Steve Harris of PMC Homes; Barry Helms of Renovations By Helms; and Jimmy Holmes, Terry Van Slyke and William Wortham, all of Tulsa Energy Control.
In addition, Green, Cassetty, Means and Rhees members are Certified Professional Builders, which means they have taken a certain number of required educational courses, have been a member of the home builders association for at least two years, and maintain continuing education hours.
“We chose the NAHB green building professional certification program because it is certified by the American National Standards Institute which makes for a true third-party certification,” said Bill Cassetty, president of the Oklahoma State Home Builders Association.
“This sets the gold standard — or should I say emerald — for all programs for its consistency and gives the public confidence that they are truly getting a green home when they see that a builder has the CGP designation.”
Last year, OSHBA endorsed stringent national guidelines by NAHB Green Building program, one of the first in the country to do so. NAHB is the only green building program certified by ANSI.
Also, OSHBA will be hosting a Green Building Summit Sept. 17 with area Realtors. For more information about this, contact OSHBA at (405) 843-5579 or toll-free at (800) 256-9980.
Many elements of a green home are not readily apparent and are designed to minimize environmental impact both during construction and for the lifetime of the home.
NAHB’s guidelines for the design, construction, and operation of a green home cover seven categories a builder is to consider and uses a point system to determine what level of “green” a builder builds.
Categories include: lot design; preparation and development; resource efficiency; energy efficiency; indoor environmental quality; operation, maintenance, and homeowner education; and global impact.
The construction, maintenance and demolition of buildings consumes an incredible amount of energy and resources.
Building green protects ecosystems, maintains safe air and water quality, and conserves renewable and nonrenewable natural resources. In addition, energy efficiency and resource conservation means less dependence on imported petroleum products. Energy and water efficient buildings have lower operating costs.
Green buildings typically have a higher appraisal value and owners may qualify for Energy Efficient Mortgages.



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