Green Building Makes Inroads in the Builder 100 List
Builder (04/29/15) Devon, Kayla
Builder's top 200 U.S. builders are responding to concerns about climate change, droughts, and volatile fuel prices by seeking green building certifications. The forthcoming Builder 100 and Next 100 lists represent a substantial increase in home builders meeting green standards from 110 in 2012 to 149 in 2014. Although builders' use of LEED and Energy Star programs increased slightly, the use of regional programs nearly doubled in the past two years. LEED showed the lowest growth, with six of the top 10 green builders building some LEED certified homes. Fulton Homes built all of its 376 homes to LEED, Energy Star, and regional green building standards. Savvy Homes and the Warmington Group both built all of their homes to regional green certification standards, with Savvy Homes also meeting LEED standards for all homes and Energy Star for half of the homes built. Warmington met Energy Star standards for all homes and LEED standards for half of the homes built. Other home builders embracing green building standards include Arbor Homes, Elliott Homes, Century Communities, Saint Aubyn Homes, Tilson Home, Caviness and Cates Communities, and Newmark Homes.