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Michael received the NAHB’s 2010 Green Builder/Advocate of the Year award which was warmly and humorously presented by his close friend and fellow green builder Michele Myers and our local Green Building Council (pictured at middle) won Green Building Program of the Year.

Chandler Team wins 2010 Energy Value Housing Award at International Builders Show

Michael Honored by NAHB with Green Building Professional of the Year award

Awards And Press
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September 12, 2011
New Ways to Use Less Energy at Home
Concrete countertops? Blown fiberglass insulation? The payback may be quicker than you think.

For new-home buyers, green is the color of money.

The share of homes being built in the U.S. with environmentally friendly features jumped to 16% of single-family starts last year from 2% in 2006, says McGraw-Hill Construction, a market-research firm in New York. Fueling the trend, industry officials say, is a desire to save energy at a time of high fuel costs. Indeed, in a recent survey, 93% of builders named increased energy efficiency as an important green practice—far more than cited any other benefit.

"People understand energy efficiency because it's easy to measure," says Michele Russo, director of green content at McGraw-Hill, a unit of McGraw-Hill Cos. "They get that bill all the time."

Green homes generally cost anywhere from 2% to 10% more than a typical home, depending on the features included, though the difference is shrinking. About 4%, or $14,000, of the cost of a $398,000 home purchased last year by Keith and Rebecca Sorensen was for green features, including a solar water heater and added insulation, says Michael Chandler, who built the three-bedroom residence in Chapel Hill, N.C. But the couple says their energy bill has been cut by two-thirds from their previous home. The roughly $200 a month in savings means the Sorensens' green premium will be paid off in about six years.


EcoHome Magazine Features Chandler Design-Build
A North Carolina home reads like a playbook for optimized building science techniques with the certifications to prove it.

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Fine Homebuilding Features Chandler Design-Build
Fine Homebuilding Magazine continues to feature articles by and about innovative features in Chandler Design-Build homes with four articles to date and a new one coming Spring of '08.

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Green Building Advisor
Insight and information from the best in the business. A place where Green Building Advisors write, rant, rave, and wrestle with green building issues. Click here for 33% discount on subscription

Directory of Michael’s writings

Chandler Design-Build recognized by Professional Builder and Custom Home Magazine for sustainable business management.
Building sustainably extends to the way we build our business and CDB as been recognized since 2002 as a leader in the sustainable business movement following a triple bottom line business philosophy by valuing People and the planet equally to profitability in the decisions about the management of the company. Chandler Design-Build received the Top 100 Builders to work for in America" honors in 2002 and 2003 and received a Custom Home Pacesetter award at the 2006 NAHB Custom Builder Symposium in Las Vegas for Innovation in Business management which led to recognition in Custom Home Magazine.

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Michael speaks out on the differences between LEED and NAHB Green Building Programs in Professional Builder Magazine
The new NAHB National Green Building Program is striking sparks with other major national green building programs including "LEED-h for Homes." In a debate, sponsored by Professional Builder Magazine, Michael explains why there is room for both programs.


Natural Home Features Chandler Design-Build
For Michael Chandler and Beth Williams, owners of a design-build business in Mebane, North Carolina, motivation to arise at dawn is all about the shower. It's not hard to understand why. Their slate-and-glass bathroom overlooks the wild abundance of Cane Creek where blue herons and osprey float on the air. And thanks to the radiant heat from the re-circulating-loop hot water system, a wave of dry warmth envelops anyone who enters.


Christian Science Monitor features Chandler Design-Build

Bark houses are built with nature's shingles
Michael Chandler of Chandler Design-Build, who is constructing a new 3,200-square-foot house near Chapel Hill, N.C., says that using poplar bark shingles rather than cedar siding will add about $12,000 to the cost. But there’s an immediate advantage: "Bark is made to look old when it's new. That gives it a sense of having been there forever."

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Green building costs not always included in home appraisal
Building green is one of the few phenomena firing up the nation's slumped residential real estate market. In large part, that consumer demand is fueled by the fact that a green home can save as much as 30 to 60 percent over a conventional house to heat and cool. But even as more hammers swing in green construction, potential purchasers of environmentally friendly homes are finding that it isn't always easy to get them appraised correctly and financed.

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Local Press

Chandler Design Build wins big with home's energy-saving envelope

Michael Chandler recently was named the National Association of Home Builders Certified Green Building Professional of the Year. A green-built house he entered for the Energy Value Housing Award won silver.

Finding Middle Ground

Three years later, the Newman-Espositos discuss their home which took second place in the 2007 NAHB National Green Building Awards for "Custom Green Home of the Year".

Fly away home

Vicky and Jonathan Bryant have built their energy efficient home in the Duchy airpark development in Alamance County. The home has a covered parking area and attached garage and guest house, as well as its own hanger for the couple's plane.

Greener homes, smaller bills, more jobs

We can do a lot to fix America's energy future and put people back to work by weatherizing light commercial buildings and homes owned by folks of all income levels, including those facing foreclosure, without increasing the national debt.

At Home With Nature

Meredith Berry and Barnett Berry are seeing "green" in their new environmentally friendly home on five acres in Orange County. But the two didn't start out to become trendsetters when planning their dream home. It just turned out that way.

Living Green (without solar panels or hay bales)

When you think of green building, you probably think of solar panels atop a roof, or walls made of straw bales. The home of Rebecca Vidra and Aaron Moody doesn't look "green".

A green house isn't about the "expensive, fancy, showy things on the roof" but rather the "low-cost technical stuff," says builder Michael Chandler. Emphasis: low cost.

It Isn't Easy Being Green

When Michael Chandler and Beth Williams want to have a quick weekday lunch together, the husband and wife don't have to travel far — just a few steps from their home office to the airy kitchen of their Saxapahaw house.

"It's like a date," Williams said.

Williams and Chandler, married for four years, are, respectively, the "design" and "build" sides of Chandler Design-Build, a custom home construction company based out of their home in Saxapahaw. Williams, 40, with a degree in architecture from N.C. State, is the draftsman, hand-drawing blueprints with a pencil in her home studio. Chandler, 49, who founded the company in 1987, is a general contractor and a master plumber. He does everything from sales to Web site management to inlaying bathroom tiles.

Green Acres

Chandler will be happy to tell you all the details while you walk through his entry in the green building tour. An energy-efficient house he built will be one of a dozen houses in the Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange & Chatham Counties' inaugural Green Building Home Tour on May 20. All of the homes on the free, self guided tour have been built to comply with the guidelines delineated in the Green Building Initiative originating from the National Association of Home Builder.

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NAHB’s 2010 Green Builder/Advocate of the Year
Michael received the NAHB’s 2010 Green Builder/Advocate of the Year award which was warmly and humorously presented by his close friend and fellow green builder Michele Myers and our local Green Building Council won Green Building Program of the Year.


2010 EVHA Silver Award
Energy Value Housing Awards: honoring builders who voluntarily incorporate energy efficiency in the design, construction, & marketing of new homes.


Second Place At The National Green Building Awards
On March 12th Beth and Erica and I traveled to Albuquerque, New Mexico to attend the National Green Building conference where we received second place in the Custom Home of the Year category for the Vidra residence.


101 Best Builders to Work For
Professional builder magazine names Chandler Design-Build of Chapel Hill, North Carolina to 101 Best List for 2ND year running.


First Place At International Builders Show and We Meet Sarah Susanka
On January 13th 2005 Beth and I were in Orlando, Florida at the NAHB International Builders Show where we were honored to receive the first place award for "Best of Seniors Housing, Aging in Place Design, New Custom Home." A panel of 14 judges from across America compared the design and execution of the Popish Residence to other new custom homes and awarded us first place with the comments "This is a serious attempt to consider issues of accessibility and aging in place in the custom house market. This home provides luxurious single level living. This is proof that good design is not incompatible with creating a universal, aging-friendly environment."


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