Homes Built By Miller Custom Homes are Taxed at a Lesser Rate

January 13th, 2011

I’ve been telling my customers this is coming. well here it is!!!!

7 0ut of the last 7 homes we built in Virginia Beach qualify for this tax break.

Call us to get your qualifying green home.

Special Tax Rate Available for Certain Energy Efficient Buildings

A special tax rate is now available to qualified residential and commercial energy-efficient buildings. The special rate is 74 cents per $100 of assessed value – a 15-cent break from the regular rate of 89 cents per $100. The special rate applies only to the building, not to the land on which it is located.

Applications are available online at the Real Estate Assessor’s website at Printed applications also are available at the Planning Department’s Office of Permits and Inspections, 2405 Courthouse Drive, Building #2, Room 100, Virginia Beach, VA  23456, or call (757) 385-4621.

The approved application, plus the additional required information, should be submitted to the Office of Permits and Inspections for review, permit and inspection.  If the permit and inspection are approved, a Certificate of Occupancy will be issued indicating compliance.  The owner will then bring the certificate to the Real Estate Assessor’s office for processing.

“The City of Virginia Beach is happy to offer this tax rate to our citizens and businesses as we continue to make strides toward becoming energy efficient,” said Mayor William D. Sessoms, Jr.

ODU Presidents House Case Study Gets Published!

March 27th, 2010

Chuck Miller, President of Miller Custom Homes, is now a published author. Chuck and Co-author Dr. Michael J. Seiler, Professor and Robert M. Stanton Chair of Real Estate at Old Dominion University, joined forces to write a case study designed for use in a Principles of Real Estate class at ODU. The case study received much positive attention in the newspaper and its success encouraged the authors to submit their work to a nationally recognized journal. Their case study, “Building a Green Home Fit for a President” will be published in the Journal of Real Estate Practice and Education in December of 2010. JREPE is a publication of the American Real Estate Society ( and is read by academics and practitioners around the world. The cases published in this journal are used by countless universities.

Russ-Can’t Remember The Last Name- “The Customer Lost in Cyberspace”

March 21st, 2010

Last Tuesday I was in Richmond at the Pella Window Expo. While there I received an email from a gentleman who was interested in speaking to me about building a green home starting in the summer. Like most people these days  I want to be accessible all the time so my email is sent to my phone so I can provide a quick response.

This time the technology failed me. My phone somehow deleted that email! I figured I could retreive it when I got home from the big computer, but it is gone. Lost forever.

It seems that we are improving technology more and more these days until it just isn’t worth a darn.

What happens to these emails when the disappear?

More importantly does this customer think I am not interested in speaking to him?

So if Russ is out there, please forgive me. I am not ignoring you. I just lost you by accident. Give me a call I’d love to speak to you.

Please join me at the TBA Membership Mingle

March 12th, 2010

Tidewater Builders Association will hold its first free “Membership Mingle” from 5-7 p.m., Thursday, April 15, in the picnic area behind the main building at 2117 Smith Ave. in Chesapeake.

This is a great opportunity to mix and mingle with colleagues in a low-key, casual setting. As hosts, the TBA Membership Committee will provide drinks, hamburgers and hot dogs, but associate and builder members are encouraged to bring their own coolers of beverages, snacks to share or outdoor games, and stake out a spot on the TBA turf. Small tents and lawn chairs are welcome.

Although the event is free, please let us know no later than April 5 if you’re planning to attend by calling or e-mailing Stacey Turner, director of membership and member services, at 305-9042 or You can also register on the TBA Web site ( by clicking on events.

The more the merrier, so if you know other folks who would enjoy this outing, please forward this invitation.  Hope to see you at the Mingle!

Sustainable Living Fair at Waterside, Norfolk

February 28th, 2010

Please come visit me at the “Sustainable Living Fair” at the Norfolk Waterside. There are all kinds of vendors discussing how to go green and live a healthier life. The turn out was great yesterday.

Chuck Miller Speaking at TW Perry Annual Green Building Workshop

February 25th, 2010

TW Perry in Rockville, Maryland, is having their Annual Expo today and they have been gracious enough to have me speak about green building. Also speaking are nationally recognized speakers Peter Yost and Peter Pfeiffer. I had dinner with everyone last night and enjoyed some great conversation. I look forward to this morning.

Chuck Miller To Lecture At ODU-On Green Building-Again

January 28th, 2010

Chuck Miller will be a guest lecturer at Old Dominion University on January 28, 2010. He will be discussing “The Anatomy of a Green Home” what it means to be green, what it takes to build green. Students will not only be present in a face-to-face setting, but 55 more will be attending via satellite and video streaming from across the country and even in ships in the Middle East. This is the second time Chuck has been a guest speaker.

The case study that Chuck and Dr. Michael J. Seiler (Professor and Robert M. Stanton Chair of Real Estate and Economic Development at ODU) wrote has been reviewed and is almost ready to be published in a Monograph on Green Building and Sustainable Real Estate . The case describes ODU’s decision to rebuild the university president’s house and to what extent the house should be green.

Energy Efficient Mortgages

December 9th, 2009

Here is a link to a great article on EEMs. Dave Porter spent years as Senior Vice President of one of the largest construction lenders in the country. He and his wife, Anna, also built their own award winning green home in Washington.

New EPA Web Site Provides Tools to Cut Energy Costs and Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Homes

November 16th, 2009

WASHINGTON – Home owners, buyers and renters have a new resource for going green indoors and outdoors. EPA’s new Green Homes Web site will help people make their homes greener with tips on reducing energy consumption, carbon footprints, waste generation and water usage, as well as improving indoor air quality.

The latest federal survey of American housing (2007) reported 128 million housing units across the U.S.,   accounting for nearly 54 percent of national energy use and nearly 31 percent of all U.S. carbon dioxide emissions, the most common greenhouse gas contributing to climate change.

Many green building practices and technologies have yet to make a dent in the existing residential market, in part because it is hard for people to find clear, consolidated, readily accessible, and credible information. The Green Homes Web site addresses that need by providing guidance on approaches to greening each room of the home as well as the surrounding yard.  Information also is available on building new homes and finding an energy efficient mortgage, which takes into account the savings derived from energy efficient homes to enable the applicant to qualify for better terms. Renters will find information to help them identify a green property before moving in and tips for working with their landlord to add green features to an existing property. Users can also find references, such as a list of common green home terms, and links to dozens of EPA Web sites with more specific information on a wide variety of green home topics.

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“The Mothership” Awarded Green Builder Magazine’s 2009 Green Home of the Year

November 14th, 2009
Award Winning Green Home

Green Builder Magazine's Home of the Year-The Mothership

Last night we found out that The Mothership won The Green Builder Magazine, 2009 Green Home of the Year Award. The home will be featured in the December issue of the magazine which will be distributed to every person that attends the IBS show in Las Vegas in addition to it’s normal circulation. Visit our website to view the Mothership at
The home is open for viewing on weekends from 1pm-5pm or by appointment and is currently offered at $1,599,000.