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Green Canopy Homes

Green Canopy is a certified B Corp, a for-profit company that meets rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency.

SUSTAINABLE HOMES

with companies that have craftsmen but that lack a larger purpose.
Green Canopy strives to marry its skill for building quality homes
with its belief that homebuilding can improve communities.
"You have a broad ecosystem of stakeholders that are impacted
through the work that you do and if you are a very purposeful
organization, that carries through," Fairchild says. That purpose led
Green Canopy to become a certified B Corp, a for-profit company
that meets rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency.
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Green Canopy Homes was born out of Fairchild's frustration and
sense of urgency over issues relating to climate and environmental degradation. In 2009, he decided to use his experience in real
estate construction, development and fund management to create
a company that would build houses in a way that contributed to
solving societal and environmental problems.
"We didn't start the company just to make money," Fairchild says.
"We started the company to make money work for positive change."
It starts with Green Canopy's employees. The company pays
all of its full-time people a minimum of $15 an hour, covers 100
percent of insurance premiums and offers ongoing development
and educational opportunities. "We don't hire people to build our
homes; we build homes to hire people," Fairchild says.
Green Canopy designs its homes to limit their environmental
impacts. Energy efficiency is the first priority. Every Green Canopy house is built with well-insulated walls to trap heat, heat recovery ventilators to recycle warmth from stale air as it is circulated
out of the structure, and efficient heating and cooling systems.
That combination creates a tight building envelop and enables
many Green Canopy homes to use less than 7,000 kWh of energy annually. Furthermore, Green Canopy uses only non-volatile
organic compounds, reclaimed and more sustainable materials in


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