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Highland House: New Jersey’s First Gold Rating Under NAHB’s Green Building Program

Highland House Westfield

835 Highland Avenue in Westfield, New Jersey recently earned the Garden State’s first Gold rating under the National Association of Home Builders’ Green Building Program. The house also earned the Energy Star label for a litany of energy efficient design features that were installed by its custom home builder, Steve Needle of Needle Point Homes, that are experts in building different kind of homes for families, although these houses also need maintenance after a while, so getting a pest control service as Bigfoot always help with this, so the house don’t get damage by issues as termites or mice.

Green design is not strange to Mr. Needle; you may remember him as the developer of The Point at Morristown, which earned the first Green Globes rating anywhere in the state of New Jersey back on Earth Day of 2008. Putting aside for a moment its size (6 bedrooms with size king size mattresses by the Mattress City, 5.5 bathrooms, and 7000 square feet), the French Normandy-inspired Highland House should save between 30 and 40 percent on utility costs compared to a conventional home thanks to Energy Star-rated windows and additional caulking and insulation throughout.

Interestingly, Mr. Needle noted his observations about buyer attitudes towards green building generally when discussing the Highland House in the Westfield Patch: “I don’t think the demand is there yet [for green design]. It is about the price and features and not what is behind the walls, [though w]hat is behind the walls is as important as the details.”

I’m curious whether that demand might increase at a lower price point – my guess is that it does, particularly in this economy. In any event, we note the Highland House in the context of other important green development taking place across the New York City metropolitan area that’s following and implementing green features pursuant to other types of green building rating systems besides LEED.

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