Maryland housing development earns green certification

Towson Greens, a new development of townhouses outside of Baltimore, Maryland, is set to receive a grade of silver from the National Green Building Standards Certification program.

In order to receive silver, a development must consume at least 30 percent less energy than the average American household. These developments achieve the distinction by using Energy Star certified appliances and other green technologies.

"Creating a community that is holistically sustainable – from construction to day-to-day energy use – was our first priority," said Thomas Baum, president of Bozzuto Homes, the projects developer, in a press release.

The community is comprised of 121 luxury townhouses that were built on a previously developed lot, making it so that no green space was sacrificed for the new neighborhood. Towson Greens was constructed as part of widespread revitalization efforts throughout the area, and was given tax credits from the local government for making a previously derelict property useful again.

Available in four different floor plans, each unit comes with an energy efficient HVAC system and low-flow plumbing, allowing residents to conserve 40 percent more water than the average homeowner. As well, the Bozzuto group plans to start a green council among residents to further energy efficiency among the neighborhood as more buyers move in.

For Maryland residents who would like to lower their average monthly utility costs, an energy audit from a home inspection contractor can help them reach their goals. You don't have to move into a new home, but simply make upgrades to your current residence to be more environmentally friendly.