Work with a building company that has each home Energy Star Certified upon building completion.
This is a meaningful national standard; not a standard that a building company develops for its own use. Highly qualified third party RESNET (Residential Energy Certified Network) accredited raters inspect each home in this program to determine if it meets Energy Star criteria. Other energy programs are simply not as meaningful as this one.
Work with a building company that has each home certified to ANSI (American National Standards Institute) green standards.
This program has extensive, strict requirements; a home certified to ANSI green standards is superior to other homes in the marketplace.
Work with an educated builder.
Ask if the builder and/or builder employees pursue continuing education and self improvement via the NAHB (National Association of Home Builders). Ask if the builder and/or builder employees have obtained any building designations, such as Master Certified Green Professional™, the designation that signifies the builder’s dedication in building green homes.
Work with a builder that can answer questions and easily explain how green homes benefit you as a customer and a home owner.
The more comfortable the builder is in answering your questions, the better he/she understands and utilizes green building practices. See our page on Greenfordable Practices in this website for information on how a green Cimarron home saves you money, improves your indoor air quality, minimizes your home maintenance, and provides you with peace of mind.
Work with a builder that is flexible in customizing a home to your preferences.
Delivering extraordinary value is a skill… Work with a builder who is open to understanding your needs and willing to work with you/make suggestions in order to provide exceptional value.
Work with a builder that would be pleased for you to tour 20 – 30 year old neighborhoods built by his/her company.
Beware a builder who doesn’t want you to see homes built by his/her company in years past.
Work with a builder with a sustainable track record.
Has the company ever had to close down and move to a new area and start anew? What is the builder’s reputation? Work with a highly respected builder.