Real Green Construction Leveraged Project
What NMSBA did is incalculable; economically, it’s incredible. Everyone on the project is getting business growth, and more people are looking at these technologies now. I believe we’re going to have a major economic impact in New Mexico.
Doug Lenberg of Real Green Building Systems and four other construction and real estate companies are offering environmentally friendly home designs in San Juan and Sierra counties. They wanted to see how their innovative features stacked up against industry baseline data.
The home designs integrate plumbing-based fire protection, solar thermal heating and hot water, solar electricity, and recycled water systems into each home. Lenberg and the other companies applied for a leveraged NMSBA project to obtain an unbiased evaluation of their environmentally friendly and affordable home designs.
Through NMSBA, Steven Booth and Andy McCown of Los Alamos National Laboratory conducted a cost-benefit analysis of homes designed with the green technology systems. Their analysis addressed value and payback periods of each green technology applied both to individual homes and at the subdivision level. They also compared each technology’s performance against standard industry practices.
The cost-benefit analysis showed that the green technology systems offer a payback in less than eight years and result in economic benefits to homeowners as well as municipalities. The analysis revealed that a subdivision of homes built with the integrated systems provides infrastructure cost savings for the entire community.
Overall, the cost-benefit analysis has helped Real Green Building Systems attract investors and increase business and has spurred hiring plans by the participating companies.