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Hillis Bolte Luxury Builders are proud members of USGBC and Scottsdale Green Building Program.

The Future is GREEN!

The homebuilding industry is beginning to recognize the value of healthy homes and environmentally responsible projects. Breakthroughs in building science, technology, and operations are now available to homebuilders who want to build green and maximize both economic and environmental performance.

Why Build GREEN?

The environmental impact of the residential sector is significant, with over 120 million homes in the United States accounting for 22% of the total energy and 74% of the water consumed nationwide. Levels of indoor air pollutants can often be four to five times greater than outdoor levels. The residential sector also contributes 21% of U.S. carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

Green homebuilding addresses these issues by promoting the design and construction of homes that have much higher performance levels than homes built to the minimum building codes. In other words, Build GREEN to live a home that is:

  • More Energy Efficient
  • Healthier
  • Reduced Impact on the Environment

What is Green Building?

The Green Building process is broken down into eight categories. Within each category, there are numerous applications that may be employed to create a Greener home.

  1. Innovation & Design ProcessThis category is utilized during the design of the home or remodel. During this phase, special design methods, taking into account our Sonoran Desert climate, are used to seek out unique designs and ideas that will improve the performance and environmental impact of your home.
  2. Location & LinkagesThis category is generally associated with new home projects and addresses the placement of the home in socially and environmentally responsible ways in regards to the larger community.
  3. Sustainable SitesThe Sustainable Sites category investigates what may be done in order to minimize the home’s impact on the site. This category includes items such as landscaping, hardscaping, recycling, and erosion among others.
  4. Water EfficiencyWater conservation practices, both indoor and outdoor are addressed in Water Efficiency. Examples include aerators, low flow toilettes and plumbing fixtures, water conservation and harvesting.
  5. Energy & AtmosphereThis category concerns energy efficiency, particularly in the building envelope and heating and cooling design.
  6. Materials & ResourcesThe Materials and Resources category looks into the efficient utilization of materials, selection of environmentally preferable materials, and minimization of waste during construction.
  7. Indoor Environmental QualityImprovement of indoor air quality by reducing the creation of and exposure to pollutants is the focus of this category.
  8. Awareness & EducationThis category involves educating the homeowner about the operations and maintenance of the green features in the home.

Who Can Build GREEN?

Everyone can adopt Green building into their home, from a minor remodel to a new home and everything in between. With Hillis Bolte Luxury Builders complimentary GREEN Card Evaluation, we will perform an inspection of your home, discuss potential green applications suited for your home, and provide a detailed cost evaluation for implementing those changes most important to you. Contact us today to schedule your in home evaluation at info@hillisbolte.com.

How Much Does Green Building Cost?

Green homes rely upon established, proven design features and technologies that do not have a significantly large cost. In fact, many green measures, particularly those that involve energy and water efficiency, will reduce long term costs. Often these reductions in operating costs will more than offset the additional up-front costs of a green home. If you would like to find out more about green building, please contact us at info@hillisbolte.com.

Certify Your GREEN Home

Homes that adopt green construction practices may be certified GREEN through either the municipality such as the Scottsdale Green Building Program, or on a national level through the US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED for Homes Program.

Hillis Bolte Luxury Builders are proud members and active participants in both programs. Our knowledge stems from numerous homes completed under the Scottsdale Green Building Program and our proudest achievement, the builder of the FIRST PLATINUM CERTIFIED LEED HOME in Metro Phoenix. You might say we have a PhD in Green Building.

If you are interested in building a certified Green home or just want to adopt a few Green applications, contact Hillis Bolte Luxury Builders. We believe in the technology, we understand the technology, and we have experience implementing it.

Hillis Bolte Luxury Builders In the News

Our green build was recently featured on KPHO Channel 5 News. Here’s a snippet from KPHO.com web site, and be sure to click here to view the video.

‘Very Green’ House Being Built in Scottsdale ~ Environmental Focuses Include Energy, Water, Air Quality

by Jeff Butera Reporter, KPHO.com

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Builders in Scottsdale are working on one of the most environmentally-friendly houses that you will find in the Valley. The house is being built in North Scottsdale near the intersection of Hayden Road and Lone Mountain Road. The family that will live at the house once it is built is very eco-conscious. They asked the builders to do everything they could to make the house as “green” as possible. Mark Bolte, co-owner of Hillis Bolte Luxury Builders, showed CBS 5 News on Wednesday what that included … learn more.