(4) - Being Part of a Movement “Green Homebuilding”.
The high performance (or green if you prefer) approach to building is not new. In fact, as no doubt many people are already aware, there is a growing tide making its way to the U.S.A. and its here to stay.
But unlike some of the trends to make its way to the U.S.A., green building is not merely a passing fad; rather, it is a long term trend that is here to stay. There are 3 reasons why this is the case – the green cultural shift, the reality of global warming, and the forward flow of technology.
1.Green building is a part of a broader cultural shift towards things that are more sustainable, greener, and higher quality. People want hybrid cars, natural foods, alternative fuels, higher quality retail goods, luxury features in cars and homes, healthier work/school environments, new urban designed communities, conscious capitalism, and so on. A green home shares many of the same qualities as these things, and it will continue to become more widespread as more people become aware of it and realize that it fits into the new way of thinking.
2.Natural Disasters are always a problem whether we believe in global warming contributing to these or not it is a fact we live in a dangerous and unpredictable world, hurricanes and tornadoes continue to be a constant reminder of the bigger picture on green building. As the Katrina’s become more prevalent, the rationality of building concrete homes becomes increasingly hard to ignore. See below for more on this.
3.Homebuilding technology is experiencing a period of rapid growth, comparable to the internet industry in the early 90’s. Builders are starting to change their way of thinking when it comes to building. The old unspoken mantra “build it quicker and cheaper” is being replaced by a new one; “build it better and with the latest innovations”. After you introduce a better way of building to enough people, it will be impossible to go back to the old way of doing things. Recall, for instance, how many of the basic car features we enjoy today were once upgrade options? This is the way of technology, and homebuilding is now in the grips of homebuilding technology.
It is our hope that the approach we are using to building homes will be adopted by other builders in the Chesapeake Bay area sooner than later, even though it will mean that we will lose our “niche”. We mean it when we say that we believe that everyone deserves a better home. It is inevitable that other builders will eventually “get it” as more and more homebuyers begin to demand better homes.
There are sure to be growing pains as the building industry adapts to so many changes all at once. But it will be worth the struggle. GNP Homebuilders plans to stay on the front edge of the coming green wave, offering the most experience and latest innovations in green building.