Blog : Green Story: Futuro Builders

By Craig | May 29, 2014 | in

Over the years, the term development has evolved to mean far more than just the addition of cookie-cutter compounds and skyscrapers. As the world becomes more attentive to the environmental impacts of construction, sustainability and efficiency initiatives emerge as priorities for the industry’s future. For business owner Jesse Ware, the future of sustainable building is called, Futuro Builders.

Ware used his experience from JPWare Design to form Futuro in 2011. Having grown up in the thick of the building trade – his father was one of the first to emphasize energy efficient homes back in the 1970s – Ware is more than attuned to the challenges and the potential posed by green building in the 21st century, having received LEED AP accreditation from the US Green Building Council (USGBC).

From commercial projects to residential homes, Futuro is a building firm that doesn’t promote environmental sustainability as the future, but rather as the standard. And Ware remains true to the green direction of his business.

“We approach our work the way we do for many reasons. The biggest reason, though, is we believe in it. It is at the core of our values,” said Ware. “Creating something that is healthier, more efficient, and has less impact on the Earth is always going to be the right thing to do.”

 
There is little to disprove that Futuro Builders streamlines the industry in sustainable development, if not only by approach but by execution, as well. Take for example the Brackett Estates in Wells, Maine. It is exactly the type of cutting-edge development that demonstrates how green living is cost efficient, too. Distinguished as net-zero housing, the 26-unit Brackett Estates are engineered to offset the amount of energy consumed through interior design, extensive insulation, and intuitive mechanical systems. Grid-tied solar panels harness renewable energy to heat, cool and power the units while cellulose-derived insulation maintains efficacy in both energy demands and energy costs. In 2014 Futuro began to implement a plan to design more net-zero developments. In the spring of that year, on a build in Rye, N.H., the team used solar racking panels on the roof, SIGA Tapes to air seal the slab vapor barrier and Intus Windows - a Washington, D.C. based company specializing in energy efficient windows.

“The houses are more than just green homes, they are also the healthier, more cost-effective solution to sustainable living,” said Ware. “Healthy living is an important part of our approach to building and we find it integrates well with energy efficiency. I think this is the way we are going to see buildings designed as a standard in the next ten years.”

Futuro Builders would be the first to say their approach is just a matter of responsible consideration, with the understanding that homes should protect families from harm – not incur it.“We build with the intention to sustain a prosperous future for our environment and for our community,” Ware affirms. “Building green, healthy homes is essential to the future—in every sense of the word.”

Green Dreams: Ware, through Futuro's various projects, wants to bring net-zero energy to as many businesses and homes as possible. One dream job for the company is to work on a condo project in historic downtown Portsmouth. Even if it isn't to be a completely net-zero build, Ware would like to make it as sustainable as possible. Futuro is also considering how they receive resources for projects, taking into account variables such as travel, which they hope to reduce in the future by sourcing materials from the region's growing green business sector.

Read Futuro's full sustainability certification documents on their Green Alliance page here.