Residential Green Building: better for the environment, better for society, and better for your bank account.

The National Association of Home Builders’ Certified Green Professional™ designation recognizes builders, remodelers and other industry professionals who incorporate green-building principles into homes—without driving up the cost of construction.

As one of the most respected builders in Western North Carolina, Bill Barker embraces a vital global goal: bringing sustainable living to one and all. Both beautiful and environmentally-sensitive, Green Homes tread lightly on the earth—and by their very nature—inform subsequent generations how to care for our planet. Bill Barker Green Homes can incorporate geothermal heating systems, green foam insulation, high performance windows and doors, renewable materials, and more to reduce the carbon footprint of your home while providing long-term economic benefits.

In 2007 the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the International Code Council (ICC) partnered to form to establish a much-needed and nationally-recognizable standard definition of "Green Building."

Similar to the NAHB Model Green Homebuilding Guidelines, a builder, remodeler or developer must incorporate a minimum number of features in the following areas: energy, water, and resource efficiency, lot and site development, indoor environmental quality, and home owner education. The more points accrued, the higher the score.

The Standard, however, includes more mandatory items and suggests that higher thresholds be met in several categories. A new threshold—"Emerald"—was added to denote the highest achievement in residential green construction. Check out some of the benefits of Green Building:


  • Reduce water waste
  • Conserve natural resources
  • Improve air and water quality
  • Protect natural habitats and sustain/promote biodiversity


  • Reduce home operating costs
  • Improve occupant productivity
  • Create market for green product and services


  • Improve quality of life
  • Minimize strain on local infrastructure
  • Improve occupant health and comfort

To learn more about Green Building, contact B. Barker Construction.