Q: What does High Performing Green Homes mean?

A: About 5 years ago (at the peak of the downturn) I made the decision that we at Quail Homes were going to focus on building a better home. That meant investing in learning more about Green Building with an emphasis on High Performance.

Green Building means a lot of things to a lot of people. Quite frankly the industry has made it extremely confusing. Our main goal is keep it simple. Focus on the details that matter. Good sound building fundamentals that don’t cost a lot to implement but deliver lower deferred maintenance and less monthly operating costs.

I haven’t found a Consumer Reports article that makes it easy to identify what new homes are built well. Isn’t that the role of a quality builder? To actually filter out the products and labor components that prove well over a lifetime of ownership?

Planned obsolescence is easy to find with products in homes. In our own home we have replaced our dishwasher 5 times, range 3 times and microwave 4 times in 20 years. Does that make sense?

Wouldn’t it make more sense to use products that offer better lifetime performance—even if it costs a tad more upfront?

Home design with an emphasis on energy performance is fairly new to our industry. Every home we design the mechanical systems that best fit the home for optimum performance. The auto industry has done this for years. Proper engineering takes place to maximize performance in every home we now build. That is not an industry standard—-yet!!!

We are in the beginning stages of a housing evolution. One that we believe has legs to it. Every day we fundamentally are changing the way we think about building—we believe in long term holistic strategies that make sense for us as people.

Build well and enjoy life.

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!