Clark County at Work: Quail Homes

By Mary Ricks, Columbian news assistant




• Each week, The Columbian offers a brief snapshot of an interesting Clark County business. Send ideas to Mary Ricks: mary.ricks@columb...; fax 360-735-4598; phone 360-735-4550.

Business name: Quail Homes.

Owner and builder: Jon Girod.

Address: 4501 N.E. Minnehaha St., Suite 200.

What the business does: Quail Homes is a builder of green homes, a term that means different things to different people, said Jon Girod, the company's owner. Girod started in the field by working on Southwest Washington's first Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, or LEED, platinum home. The couple that had the home built were concerned about costs for operating the home over a long period, Girod said. By average homebuilding standards, a 2,200-square-foot home uses 1,500 kilowatts of energy per month, Girod said, while the 4,000-square-foot LEED platinum home is using 650 kilowatts per month.

With that project, Girod said he became passionate about energy savings. He continues to look for ways to incorporate more efficiency measures. "Once a construction team learns that green is not that hard, and once homeowners experience living in a green home, they never go back," Girod said.

What steps are you taking to build your business as the economy recovers: Quail Homes is using new software technology that assists the company's ability to create energy modeling, make effective use of daylight, and improve water efficiency. These technologies have given Quail Homes the capability to provide a detailed examination of a home that was not available 10 years ago.

Greatest challenge: Girod said it's not enough to just build an energy-efficient home, and that builders also need to create great, comfortable and unique space. He works with customers to design a custom home that is naturally lit, ventilated and passively heated and cooled.

What is your favorite part of the job: The challenge of building one-of-a-kind homes for people, and personal satisfaction once they have moved into their home.

What's ahead: Girod said the process of achieving high-performance, long-lasting homebuilding requires a strategic set of resources. He is constantly learning by evaluating each home he builds for new opportunities to reduce energy usage. Because of new technology, Girod has added two employees to his staff. He continues to look for ways to incorporate more efficiency measures and believes education is a key factor for his company's success.Year established in Clark County: 1989.Employees: Seven.

Telephone: 360-907-5800

Fax: 360-694-7322.

Email: Website: Quail Homes

Office hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.