‘Green’ home in Heritage Hills wins award

Apr. 26, 2014 @ 10:16 PM

A home in the Heritage Hills neighborhood will be on display as part of the 9th Annual Green Home Tour.

Part of “Preserving Our Environmental Heritage”, the home at 415 Brandywine Road in Chapel Hill will show the public how an older home can be remodeled to make it safer and more efficient for residents and the environment.
Jeff Wiblitzhouser, president of Paradise Found Construction in Cary received the National Association of Home Builder’s Green Certified Remodel of the Year Award for his work on the more-than-40-year-old home.
“While any home can be built or remodeled with green features, a home that meets the National Green Building Standard’s certification criteria offers financial gains when the cost of ownership is reduced and a home’s value is increased,” said Wiblitzhouser. “Plus, growing market evidence shows new and remodeled homes that are green certified are increasing in value and holding it better than those traditionally built or remodeled.”
The home was described as structurally sound but in need of improvements in energy use, water efficiency and indoor environment quality.
Following the remodel, the residents have seen a reduction in energy and water use by 40 percent, and the homeowners are projected to save about $900 annually on energy costs.
“We can preserve older neighborhoods with established traffic patterns and charm by changing the inefficiencies,” he said.  “With a relatively modest investment, a green certified remodeling provides a short investment payback and continued yearly savings over time as energy and water costs outstrip the cost of inflation. 
“Plus, when it comes to resale value, green certified homes sell at the upper end of the range and more quickly,” Wiblitzhouser said.
Wiblitzhouser won the 2013 Project of the Year for Green Certified Remodeling from the National Home Builders Association for a home in Raleigh.
The home  at 415 Brandywine Road will be open to the public for tours from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday. For information, visit www.TriangleGreenHomeTour.com.