Arlington Designer Homes is committed to green building for the health benefits, energy savings, and reduced environmental footprint it provides for our buyers and our community. With constantly changing regulations, technologies and products, buidling a new green home from the ground up isn't always easy - but it's always interesting!

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April 25, 2011

A Green Building First in Falls Church

I’m really pleased to announce that Arlington Designer Homes recently received the first two Gold-level Green Building Certifications in Falls Church from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Research Center. These new, custom-built green homes, both located on West Street in Falls Church city, are two of only five houses in the entire state of Virginia to be certified at the Gold level. (Arlington Designer Homes also received the first Gold-level Green Building Certification in Arlington last year, for a home on Underwood Street.)
The two new homes will also receive Energy Star certification and will be certified by the Falls Church City Green Home Award Program. One of the two homes was custom designed for the homeowners, who moved into their new home late last year. The second home, located at 307 West Street, was just completed last week and is currently for sale.

Each of these elegant, contemporary homes includes numerous unique green features that reduce energy costs, including Energy Star appliances, spray-in foam insulation, geo-thermal heating and air conditioning, and exterior rigid foam insulation to prevent heat loss. The green features included in these homes will combine to reduce energy costs by up to 50%, prevent toxic off-gassing, seal out mold, allergens and pollutants, and significantly reduce the homes’ carbon output.

Our award-winning new green home located at 307 West Street in Falls Church city features contemporary design, a beautiful gourmet kitchen and an open floor plan.

The National Green Building certification process includes inspections and review of lot and site development, resource efficiency, energy efficiency, water efficiency, indoor environmental quality, and homeowner education.

Many people think that building a green home just means including the newest green technology, but we strive to incorporate green practices during every step of the design and construction process. One of the most important green features of these homes is actually their location. We selected lots close to public transportation – less than half a mile from a metro station -- and within walking distance of restaurants, shops, a library and a bike trail, to help reduce the amount of time the homeowners will have to spend in their cars.

The new green home located at 307 West Street in Falls Church City is currently for sale, and will be open for the Virginia Parade of Homes this Saturday and Sunday, April 30 and May 1, from 11am to 5pm, so please stop by and tour this great house!