First Certified Green Builder In The Coachella Valley Announced

Exciting news was recently released by the Building Industry Association (BIA), Desert Chapter. The Hofmann Company, one of California’s most experienced homebuilders, will become the first to utilize the California Green Builder (CGB) program in the Coachella Valley.

State-authorized “Green Builder” standards and practices will be employed when constructing The Plantation at Polo, Hofmann’s first community in this area. The new master planned community is situated near the polo fields and The Plantation golf course in southwest Indio. The overall community will be gated and consist of 770 home sites. The Martana Collection is the first phase now underway, featuring four floor plans ranging from 1,838 square feet to over 3,100 square feet in one- and two-story designs. Prices will start in the mid $300,000s, and models are targeted for a November opening.

“It seems like every day there’s a story in the news about green, especially in California,” said Robert Burton, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for The Hofmann Company. “A lot of companies are starting to take a look at green building as part of being a good steward and trying to protect the environment. As a homebuilder, we felt the time had come for us to look at how we could do our part. We thought the CGB was a really comprehensive program that identified a number of components that added value to our homes, plus our homeowners will feel they are making a positive impact with their choice of homeownership.”

The California Green Builder Program focuses on five major areas: Energy Efficiency, Water Conservation, Wood Conservation, Advanced Ventilation and Construction Waste Diversion. A “Green Builder” produces a home that uses less energy, less water and consumes fewer trees in the building process than a similar-sized product. CGB homes feature energy-efficient design that are 15 percent above what is required by the state’s mandatory Title 24 energy code. The homes also include engineered wood products in door or window headers, job site waste recycling, drip irrigation systems with weather-based controllers, re-circulating hot water systems, low VOC products (such as paint and carpeting), and a collaboration with ConSol for inspection services and comprehensive subcontractor training.

Green Building benefits homeowners by supplying the comfort of well-insulated, climate-controlled environments with superior air filtration. Reduced heating and cooling is required thanks to stringent construction techniques, the use of advanced building materials and state-of-the-art utilities. Owners of an “environmentally friendly” home experience utility cost savings and a sense of pride in knowing they are making a difference by contributing to the conservation and future preservation of our environment.

The Imperial Irrigation District (IID) that serves the East Valley has come on board to help bring cost-effective and energy-efficient design, construction and natural resource sustainability to the residential housing market in their service area.

IID energy head of demand-side management Gary Ambach said: “The Hofmann Company should be commended for their initiative in bringing high quality, affordable and environmentally sustainable homes to the Valley.”

Copyright Desert Publication, Inc. and Sharon Apfelbaum Oct 16, 2007

Provided by ProQuest Information and Learning Company. All rights Reserved

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