Benefits to the Homeowner include decreased operating and maintenance costs for the life of the building, increase in the market value of the home, and reduction not only of the on-going carbon emissions of the building, but in the carbon emissions usually created by the building process. Other benefits include increased quiet and comfort, healthier indoor air quality and reduced water usage fees. In addition, there are rebates and tax credits currently available from federal, state, and even local sources to encourage energy efficient building. Everyone benefits when sustainable building practices are followed - consumers, designers and builders, and the community as a whole. It is a real win-win approach.