In early May of this year, the city of Chattanooga, Tennessee, implemented a building certification program that promotes environmentally responsible and energy-efficient homes in the area. The program, called Better Built, was created by a diverse group of realtors, architects, and environmental advocates, and is designed to lower living costs for occupants while appreciating in value over time.
Nearly four months later, it’s said to be a success. Home developers are seem to be gathering in support of Better Built, and some have promised that all of the houses they build and plan will be in compliance with the program.
The program, which was created by members of the American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment, Home Builders Association of Southern Tennessee, green|spaces and the Chattanooga Association of Realtors, looks to focus upon a number of green areas in the building process. These include energy efficiency, quality site planning, water efficiency and good indoor environmental quality.
To date, it looks as if only nine homes have been put through the program. The organization notes though that “Better Built’s mission is to provide a strategy for truly efficient housing,” said Brandi Hill, Better Built Program Director, in a statement. “These contractors are meeting this challenge head on and are leading the way for sustainability in Chattanooga.”