A Truly “Green” Planned Residential Development – What’s The Benefit?

By: Don Hannig

Today, many of us are looking for ways to improve the environment and preserve our natural resources, but for most of us the term “green building” is still a foreign term or one associated with many dollar signs behind it.  But did you know that there are truly “green” Planned Residential Developments (PRD’s) out there that are at the forefront of implementing the best land-use, natural resource conservation, and energy efficient construction practices.

The PRD distinction is very valuable among Residential Developers because it is an honor held by very few and by home buyers because of the positive neighborhood environment that is created and the highest quality controls that are incorporated.   There are many strict local, state and federal developmental and environmental guidelines met in the planning process that insure proper planning, storm water management, resource management, hydrology, open space and more.  So by now, you are probably asking “What’s in it for me, the homeowner?”  The answer is quite simple – a well designed and built, “green” Planned Residential Development (PRD) will feature quality craftsmanship, quality building materials and the introduction of new technologies combining to produce a high quality, energy efficient and healthy home – a home that you, the homeowner, will be proud to call your home for many years!

Now that we know that a truly “green” Planned Residential Development (PRD) can offer homeowners a wide array of benefits leading to healthier homes and communities, lower energy and water costs, and a protected environment, what specifically can you expect in a “green” home?  We have compiled a helpful list of some features you may find in your local “green” Planned Residential Development (PRD) that you can use as your guide.

A “green” Planned Residential Development (PRD) should offer:

  • Plenty of open space available to enjoy the beauty of the natural surroundings
  • Underground utilities to eliminate unsightly overhead wires and poles
  • Stormwater Management system to direct water shed away from properties and retain that water for absorption and release into the natural watershed
  • Homes that meet and exceed the latest International Resident Code (IRC) as adopted by your local state and township
  • Homes that are inspected at each construction phase by your local Township Codes Enforcement Officers
  • Homes that have incorporated elements of the National Green Building Standard to be independently certified by the National Association of Home Builders as a “Gold Level” Green Certified Home
  • Homes that have been independently Energy Star® Certified for energy efficiency.
  • Keep in mind that even if you aren’t into the whole “green” building movement, and don’t care too much for the environment, the benefits of a truly “green” home can help save you – the homeowner – a lot of money if you are making a long-term investment. Every part of a truly “green” home and the way it is built has efficiency in mind – this means you are saving money every month on your water bill, electric bill, and saving money on the upkeep of your home for many years to come.

    To find out more about the benefits of Planned Residential Developments (PRD’s) like Keswick Pointe, the region’s newest PRD, please call us at 570-646-4646, email us at info@keswickpointe.com or visit our website at www.keswickpointe.com

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