Green Building

Cincinnati’s Leading Green Home Builder

What is Green Building?

Green building is the practice of creating homes out of materials that are environmentally responsible, using processes that create a resource-efficient home — throughout it’s life.

Also known as “sustainable” or a “high-performance” home, a green home is a highly efficient home. A green home is built with products that are better for the environment such as recycled countertops and composite decking, and also extend into lighting and plumbing fixtures that help minimize the consumption of water, energy and natural resources. Green building also means minimizing environmental effects – such as waste and pollution… Continue reading

What is LEED?

At Sterling Homes, in Cincinnati, Oh, we know that green building is the way the future. It is now the standard in commercial building, and LEED for residential homes has really become prominent in the more recent years. So what exactly does LEED mean? LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, and is simply a certification process that was set up by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to certify green homes. LEED details the code that all parties who touch the home – from architects, to builders & developers, to the subcontractors will follow.

People often hear that a project is LEED certified Silver or Gold status. There are actually four levels of LEED certification, and projects are awarded points as a project is built. Continue reading

What is Geothermal?

We are often asked what Geothermal means. In simplest terms, geothermal is a different source of energy that uses the heat from the ground to heat and cool a home. This serves the purpose of reducing stress on the system, and therefore saving time and energy (and money) to heat and cool a home.

We take pride in the work we do and work with each homeowner to determine what will be the most cost-effective for the homeowner. We would advise a client to put geothermal in the house depending upon the return on the investment. Continue reading

What is Energy Star?

ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy that serves to help consumers save money and protect the environment through energy-efficient products and practices.

Sterling Homes chooses to use Energy Star products simply because they are the best on the market. Energy Star products are efficient, and present solutions for our clients that will positively impact their lives long after we are finished building. Continue reading

What are the benefits when building “Green”?

Most Sterling Homes clients choose to build green due to the enormous environmental benefits, and the long-term bottom line savings. Building green means maximizing both economic and environmental performance. The Sterling Homes team works together, from the very beginning, and takes an integrated approach to ensure that the homeowner receives maximum benefits.

According to the United States Environmental Protections Agency, the following are the potential benefits when building Green: Continue reading

Do homeowners receive a Tax Abatement for building “Green”?

According to the City of Cincinnati: the LEED-CRA residential tax abatement is a real property tax exemption offered for both new construction and renovation of residential space (up to 3 units), constructed according to green standards and located within the City of Cincinnati. To be eligible, projects must receive LEED certification from the US Green Building Council… Continue reading

What are Green Building Products?

The below imagery is illustrative of the green building products Sterling Homes uses during construction. Continue reading

Does Building Green cost more?

Not with Sterling Homes. All Sterling houses are built to standards of LEED. Continue reading