Q: Can a Builder really build a home to last 100 years?

A: When best practices based on core values are incorporated into building and always seeking better ways to communicating sustainable design concepts, options and opportunities throughout the homebuilding process, the homeowner will always win. I’ve found that presenting the idea that a home can last 100 years through the life of the homeowner to age in place, puts everyone on the same level from the start. Together the builder’s team relationships in collaboration with the homeowner can allow synergistic systems for the home’s plumbing, electrical, lighting and such. Collectively, the owner can come to a conclusion for the right system early in the process for the home and everyone on the building team can move forward to accomplish the goals of the owner.

I encourage owners to check into how suppliers on the home building project mobilize around a new home being built. A homebuilder’s approach often remains the same, so beyond knowing who will install the geo-thermal system as an example, you should ask how long the relationship between the installer and the builder has been. A good builder may seek out low price thus changing the outcome of the home upon completion. A great builder will be consistent in managing the point-to-point contact for the entire team involved in building a home, thus you can accomplish a home lasting 100 years.

Home commissioning is another process that holds great promise for the owner of a new home being built. Very few homebuilders have accomplished this goal in green building. I’m dedicated to the process that creates “high performing green homes” that work for those who will live in the home. Determining what works and what doesn’t work, providing feedback and following up after a homeowner moves into a home exhibits the values of a builder through time.

Please submit your questions to jon@quailhomes.com or call me direct at 360.907.5800. Tune into Green Building with Jon Girod on 1550 a.m. on Saturdays at 9 a.m. or 860 a.m. at 2 p.m. and check back next week.

Please submit questions to jon@quailhomes.com Jon can be reached direct at 360.907.5800. Tune into Green Building with Jon Girod on 1550 a.m. on Saturdays at 9 am. See you next week!