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Value of Green Building


“Green,” or sustainable building practices are no longer the wave of the future. It’s time, right now, to build homes that are healthier to live in and healthier for future generations. Bluestone Homes is committed to using practical. sustainable practices; but what does all the eco-speak mean to you? Here’s a short primer:

Earth Advantage® – Select Bluestone homes are Certified Earth Advantage, which means they are:


  • Third-party inspected to be at least 15% more energy efficient than homes built to conventional standards
  • Designed for energy efficiency, healthy indoor air, resource efficiency, and environmental responsibility
  • Low- or no-VOC products used in construction means you’ll breathe easier in your new home
  • HVAC ductwork sealed for optimum operational efficiency
  • At least 75% of light sockets are dedicated compact fluorescent fixtures, which uses up to 75% less energy
  • Whole-house ventilation system that helps maintain a consistent supply of fresh air and minimize moisture problems
  • Energy efficient appliances – look for the Energy Star® label!
  • Energy efficient windows that increase comfort and lower energy bills

Bluestone Greenbuilding – Every Bluestone home features the following environmentally friendly features that exceed the state building codes:

  • Urban building which minimizes sprawl
  • Efficient interior space design that reduces heating and cooling costs
  • Native plants that require less water and upkeep to thrive in Portland
  • Kiln-dried lumber, which doesn’t off-gas, and is warp-resistant
  • 100% recycled sheetrock
  • High-efficiency vinyl windows that are situated to take maximum advantage of natural light
  • Graveled crawlspaces that stay drier, cleaner, and produce less dust
  • HardiPlank® siding: durable, sustainable, fire and rot resistant
  • Paint-grade millwork made of recycled woods
  • Tile or laminate countertops are durable, sustainable, and don’t off-gas
  • Well-planned spaces: more efficient living spaces use less energy
    Onsite stormwater filtration systems that protect our local watersheds
    Sound insulation in bedroom and bathroom walls to increase privacy inside the home