A Green Home Built At Market Cost

A custom homebuilder in Dallas, Texas is proving that you don’t have to break the bank to build green homes. Greenbrook Homes was recently awarded a Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) gold certification for its latest project,  6218 Llano in Dallas, TX. The home was build at market cost.

The home’s design includes Water Sense Plumbing fixtures that reduce the amount of water used. Drought tolerant landscaping was also implemented into the home’s outdoor design to cut down on water use. Inside, low VOC paints, stains and finishes were used to reduce the amount of pollutants and toxins in the air.

Via Greenbrook Homes

Greenbrook Homes owner Angela Branan said that the project proves that it is possible to build a high-rated green home in line with market prices. “It isn’t just for the elite anymore,” she said. One way in which the company said it was able to achieve energy-efficient results at lower costs, was to use a hybrid approach. An example is a fully foam-encapsulated home that is very expensive to build. Greenbrook got the same results of this type of home using a  cost -effective hybrid approach.

While 6218 Llano was built as a spec home, it sold almost immediately after completion.  Greenbrook said it sees the demand for green housing to continue to grow. LEED-certified homes can not only save homeowners money on their utility bills, they also offer better air quality and have a smaller environmental footprints.

Kristy Hessman is a writer and native Oregonian who currently resides in California. Before starting her own company, she worked as a reporter covering business and politics for daily newspapers and The Associated Press.

    • This is a great example of how you can balance cost with efficiency. Not only is it possible to build new green homes at market rate, but renovation and rehabilitation projects can also be cost effective when done green. It just requires planning and research, but it’s certainly possible. And the benefits of a green project are numerous.