Builder Benefits 

Built Green is a program for builders who want to build durable, healthier, affordable homes that take a holistic approach to sustainability. Certifying your builds through our programs sets you apart from your competitors and provides you with pass-along benefits for prospective homebuyers
 
Homebuyers increasingly want a sustainably built certified home; the 2017 Canadian Home Buyer Preference National Study shows that 63 per cent of homeowners say a high performance home is a ‘must have.’
 
Stay ahead of code and gain a competitive advantage by certifying your builds through our program. With 9.36 of the building code centered on heightened energy requirements, the playing field has been levelled. Builders are now required to construct to a minimum standard. Those certifying their builds through our programs gain a differentiator, as we address energy and go beyond to include materials and methods, indoor air quality, ventilation, waste management, water conservation, and business practices. 
 
A builder can spend the same money, be code compliant, and affordably participate in our program. As building requirements increase, so do costs. Homebuilders choose how they achieve the requirements: prescriptive (do this/do that) or performance (EnerGuide). For those participating in the BUILT GREEN® program, using the performance path, they know how to take those same dollars that would be used on the prescriptive path and get a better result for the homebuyer. The energy efficiency in our program is what requires some investment, while many of the other program’s measures are cost neutral or even save money.
 
“We are now looked at as an industry leader in the Lower Mainland and have a line-up of clients looking at us to build their homes. I feel a lot of that is due to the BUILT GREEN® program and what we have learned about performance construction from it.” David Adair, Partner, Blackfish Homes
 
Affordability, ease of navigation, and flexibility to choose are key benefits of our programs. As compared to other prominent programs, costs to certify are minimal, while in select markets, incentives and rebates are available. 
 
Check out five cost effective methods to build sustainablyHomeowners will also appreciate the cost-saving benefits. 

Our programs also enable you to choose from a number of green features, depending on what best suits your build and environment. 

Increased durability and quality result in fewer fix-it call-backs, fewer warranty issues, and client satisfaction that pays off in reputation and sales. Choose from a variety of durable features—from engineered lumber that resists warping to extremely durable exterior features such as 30 year shingles to waterproofing foundation walls. Our programs guide a better build.

Third-party certification offers credibility and recognizes the authenticity of the home. Our certification includes a two-in-one: an EnerGuide label through Natural Resources Canada and a BUILT GREEN® seal. The labels legitimize the green features of the home, and we encourage you to affix these to the furnace or electrical panel. Builders can provide customers with a checklist showing the products used, which gives the homeowner a maintenance reference and guide to the performance of their home.

Third-party certification offers bragging rights. Consider showcasing your certification through the purchase of a metal plaque to proudly display on the outside of the home or in the sidewalk and include a Certificate of Authentication (used to obtain mortgage rebates) in the homebuyer’s welcome package.

Pass along the benefits to your prospective homebuyers, including a healthier, more durable home with lower environmental impact, a reduction in monthly operating costs, mortgage loan rebate eligibility, improved resale value, and more.