Category: Green Building

Sustainability is not just important for our homes, but how we operate ourselves. We were one of the first companies in NC to use 100% renewable electricity through our on-site solar array and purchased wind power to power our manufacturing facility.  That was 13 years ago. But we are…

Most of us can control (at least, to some extent) the quality and safety of the water we drink, the food that we eat. These days, we are even forced to exert greater control over what surfaces we do or do not touch, and the physical distance we must…

Deltec Home’s 2019 Sustainability Report is hot off the presses! You can click here to see the new, full color report in full. Inside this report: Learn about our ongoing use of 100% renewable electricity in our facility, and read more about some of or waste reduction programs. Check…

By: Leigha Dickens, Green Building & Sustainability Manager To me, off-grid homes have always been about a certain kind of longing. A longing to live a life that is simpler, more self-sufficient and more rewarding.  A longing for a better way, one that respects our connection to the natural…

In 2018 over 20,000 new homes projects across the US and Canada were designed as “ready for zero” or “zero energy” homes. That means they were designed to be highly energy efficient and ready to produce most of their energy needs through renewable energy. These homes, many of which…

Deltec Is Celebrating Third Party Green Building Programs with a New Rebate Program Third party verification is so important in new home construction. It can be the difference between a key detail that is handled correctly or is forever missed, dogging the home with energy efficiency or durability issues…

Leigha Dickens, Green Building and Sustainability Manager, Deltec Homes The Energy and Environmental Building Alliance (EEBA) is one of the oldest organizations in the US dedicated to sustainable and energy efficient practices in the built environment. Every year, some of the nation’s most innovative builders gather in their annual…

As Deltec’s green building manager, I get lots of questions from our clients about green building, from all kinds of angles.  I love answering them!  But sometimes, I come across industry news or thoughtful articles that answer these questions far better than I could have.  Below I share 5…

We’ve written here before about the benefits of a green building certification to homeowners for energy bills in particular, such as the assurance that your builder is following many of the best practices known to building science, or that common issues that cause high energy bills are caught by…

BY LEIGHA DICKENS, GREEN BUILDING & SUSTAINABILITY MANAGER AT DELTEC HOMES It was a conversation that occurred in a car ride, on our way back to Deltec from attending a Benefit Corporation meeting, when Steven Linton, our company President—and one of my most respected mentors in sustainability—said it.  We…

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By now you’ve watched me argue against the common reasons people fail to seek green certification on their home, and you’ve read my follow-up detailing common problems that can happen in  homes that don’t bother to certify. Intrigued, hopefully you’ve then gotten a better understanding of the process of…

If you’ve been on our website or read about Deltec, chances are you’ve seen a thing or two about green building, or about its components: energy efficiency, air quality, material sustainability or building durability.  But have you heard about an umbrella term that encompasses many of these topics, the…