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Homebuilder Proposes Connecticut's First "Green Subdivision", Using National Green Building Standard

February 14, 2011

By Carrier, one of central Connecticut's most experienced and respected residential builders, has presented a proposal to the Town of Berlin for Connecticut's first subdivision that will comply with a nationally-recognized "green building" rating system known as the National Green Building Standard (NGBS).

Headquartered in Plainville, Connecticut, By Carrier is a family business founded in 1971 by six brothers, and now run by two generations. Its website is www.bycarrier.com.  

In its recent, preliminary presentation to Berlin's professional staff, By Carrier showed a conceptual plan, called "Summerlin Trails," for 83 homes on 122 acres south of Orchard Road, Mohawk Drive, and Metacomet Drive, and explained its unprecedented commitment to a green building program. By Carrier expects the homes to be priced in the range of $450,000 to $500,000.

The NGBS, published in 2009, is the only green rating system for residential building that has been approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), www.ansi.org. Unlike the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standard, which was developed primarily for commercial and institutional buildings, the NGBS was written specifically for residential building.

The NGBS employs a scoring system that must be conducted by an independent, third-party and then certified by the NAHB Research Center, an independent testing and certification agency. "Having projects certified by a third-party organization like ours takes the guesswork out of the equation for homebuyers," said Michael Luzier, NAHB Research Center president. "Consumers know that a home that carries our Green Certified mark is, in fact, green based on the industry's best definition."

"The NGBS focuses on environmental stewardship of land, efficient energy and water use, indoor air quality, and homeowner education. We think it's the wave of the future for residential building," said Johnny Carrier, vice president of By Carrier.

In its Berlin proposal, By Carrier has committed, in a proposed town regulation, to achieve a Four Star rating for site development, the highest possible under the NGBS, and to a Gold-Level Certification for energy efficiency of each home and for the overall plan.

"Green building, to date, has been a loose collection of goals and incentives. The extraordinary aspect of By Carrier's proposal in Berlin is that it uses this new national standard to tie everything together, and makes residential green building a verifiable and enforceable program," said By Carrier's attorney, Tim Hollister of Shipman & Goodwin LLP in Hartford. "Summerlin Trails, if approved, will raise the bar for sustainable development across Connecticut."

Tom Daly, a professional engineer with Milone & MacBroom in Cheshire, Connecticut, prepared the concept plan. "By committing to the new national standard, By Carrier allowed us to provide 45 percent open space, natural resource protection, Low Impact Design for water quality and stormwater management, an extensive trail system, and a pedestrian-friendly layout," Daly said.

"Because we've now rolled out the concept, we will soon be meeting with neighbors of the site to explain it in person, while we also work with town staff," said Johnny Carrier.

Excerpts of the materials presented to town staff are available on-line at www.bycarrier.com.  

For additional information:
• Johnny Carrier, (860) 793-6805, johnnyc@bycarrier.com  
• Tom Daly, (203) 271-1773, tomd@miloricandmacbroom.com  
• Tim Hollister, (860) 251-5601, thollister@goodwin.com  

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