When you buy a Christopher Companies home, you’re not only buying a high quality, hand-crafted, new home, you’re selecting a builder that cares about improving the environment.
At Christopher Companies, we strive to continuously improve our building process to maintain an environmentally responsible and resource-efficient cycle. From the insulation and windows to the interior features, there are a variety of different design and construction elements that play a part in both improving conditions for our environment, as well as saving you money on your utility bills. We’ll prove it.
✔ Energy Star Certified – All new Christopher homes are Energy Star Certified. Each Energy Star certified home reduces greenhouse gases by 3,700 lbs. per year, and use 15-30% less energy compared to a typical home. From 2013 – 2015, Christopher Companies was awarded the ENERGY STAR Certified Homes Market Leader Award and has participated in the program for over a decade. To date, Christopher Companies has certified over 350 homes in both Virginia and Delaware, placing us within the top 30 builders in both states. Read more about Energy Star certified homes here.
✔ NGBS Green Certified – Christopher homes are certified under the National Green Building Standard, which means they’ve passed the inspection that requires several different green practices be met. Read more about the NGBS Green Certification here.
✔ Land Conservation – In 2007, Christopher Companies was awarded the Land Conservation award for our “Kendrick” community in Fairfax County. Additionally, we always make sure to plant many more trees than we are required to remove during the construction process!
What does it mean to be a certified homebuilder?
- Installing energy-efficient and water conservancy appliances
- Advanced framing techniques
- Low VOC-materials
- Quality insulation
- High performance filtration
WHY CHOOSE NGBS GREEN?
A smarter investment. A healthier home. A happier you. That’s what it means to buy an NGBS Green Certiﬁed home. Independent inspectors verify that every home meets our rigorous requirements – going well beyond the average construction process. The result? A better place to call home. Here’s why:
LOWER UTILITY BILLS
NGBS Green homes are designed and built to be 20-30% more energy efﬁcient and use less water than
code-minimum new homes. This percentage is even higher compared to older existing homes. Use less, pay less.
INCREASED RESALE VALUE
When you are ready to sell your NGBS Green home you can expect it to sell faster and for more than a non-certiﬁed home of comparable size and location.
Source: Washington Post, Is Green Good for Home Resale Value, August 26, 2011.
Imagine a home that is more durable and requires less upkeep. NGBS Green Certiﬁed homes are designed and constructed to manage moisture, enhance the durability of materials, and reduce in-service maintenance.
BUILD EQUITY FASTER
Your utility bills don’t build equity, so you might as well invest in a home that saves you money each month. With an NGBS Green home, you’ll improve your ROI and reduce the second largest expense of home ownership: energy bills.
IMPROVED AIR QUALITY
NGBS Green homes are designed and constructed with systems and products that manage combustion gases and maintain proper ventilation. You can breathe easier with cleaner indoor air.
When constructing an NGBS Green home, builders select products that produce fewer indoor pollutants. This improves indoor air quality and provides health beneﬁts.
OPTIMAL MOISTURE LEVELS
Water and moisture are critical factors affecting a home’s durability, comfort and maintenance costs. Too little moisture? You will have dry skin and irritated sinuses. Too much moisture? You may have mold and structural damage. NGBS Green homes are designed to maintain the right moisture balance.
Tired of feeling cold in the winter and hot in the summer while inside of your own home? NGBS Green homes are built with building envelopes and sealed air ducts to keep outside air out and conditioned air in. The result? Home sweet home.
Your home is more than a shelter from outside elements; it should also be a gateway to the community around you. NGBS Green communities allow you to take full advantage of the neighborhood amenities and services that elevate your quality of life.
An NGBS Green home is designed to protect, restore and enhance the natural features of its lot and community. While all development has an environmental impact, an NGBS Green home is a better steward of the natural resources within and around the neighborhood.
PEACE OF MIND
It’s more than a feeling. With an NGBS Green home, it’s the assurance that your home will be a healthy haven for your family, a better value for your wallet, a smarter investment for your future — and ultimately, the foundation of a more sustainable lifestyle.
WHY BUY AN ENERGY STAR CERTIFIED HOME?
Christopher Companies is proud to offer new homes that have earned the ENERGY STAR® label. The ENERGY STAR label means that your new home has been designed and built to standards well above other homes in the market today. It means better quality, better comfort, and better durability. It also means that your new home is a better value for today, and a better investment for tomorrow. The ENERGY STAR label gives you the peace of mind that your home has undergone a better process for inspections, testing, and verification to ensure that it meets strict requirements set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).