As the only local custom builder offering LEED’s seal of approval, Terra Building Group is leading the way for their new construction homes in the Pittsburgh area.
“Our goal is to give the ‘wow factor’ when homeowners and guests walk in the front door,” says president Brett Robinson. “The misconception is that green homes aren’t sexy or luxurious, that you’ll have to sacrifice design choices, or that they’re too high-brow, and that’s simply not the case. We’re able to construct luxurious homes with high quality materials for the same price, and usually a lot faster than those that are traditionally built.”
While homes start at $259,000 for 1,850 square-feet, Terra is a custom home builder first and foremost that’s willing to go as green and as high-end as the homeowner desires. Typically, the homes will perform 20 to 30 percent — sometimes up to 60 percent — more efficiently, bringing great savings in utility and maintenance costs, and a higher resale value for the same cost as a conventionally built home. Homeowners also benefit because in addition to passing city & state inspections, a LEED home must also pass rigorous third-party inspections and performance tests by a LEED accredited agency.
However, LEED-certification isn’t required to enjoy the quality or savings of a healthier, more energy efficient home. Terra utilizes a number of techniques to improve each home’s energy efficiency, including: installing metal roofs, ultra-efficient doors and windows, additional insulation, and creating a tighter building envelope for cost-effective heating and cooling; the use of instantaneous water heater tanks and low-flow fixtures for water and sewage; placing air exchangers that preconditions and filers air into the home for clean, hospital grade air quality (a big draw for those affected by allergies or asthma); constructing rain gardens; taking into account the location’s walkability, access to public transportation, and what infrastructure might already be in place; and lastly, employing materials that are just as luxurious as they are sustainable, such as James Hardie siding and trim with a lifetime warranty, quartz countertops, bamboo flooring, and locally sourced ceramic tile and cabinetry. Terra utilizes local vendors whenever possible to reduce their carbon footprint.
Terra offers a number of options for everything from city to suburban to rural homes, and homes and lots are already available in desirable neighborhoods like Mt. Washington and East Liberty. Terra also builds investment properties, such as multi-family and townhomes.
With the booming Pittsburgh rental market, low utility bills and maintenance costs, comparable price, and a shorter timeframe than traditional builds, they are big wins for both renters and landlords. Terra Building Group meets and exceeds expectations for investment opportunities and stunning residences alike.
Article originally published in WHIRL Magazine September 2016, Pittsburgh, PA.