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BUILT for the FAMILY STRUCTURE
Verified and Certified Green Home Building
There are a lot of companies claiming to be “green” these days. Many think they can throw in a few highly visible energy features and it makes them green. Through our EcoSmart program we are the first volume builder certified GREEN under the Green Built Texas protocol. Each of our homes in the Dallas-Fort Worth area is also verified to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) through the US Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.
This makes our homes an energy efficient and environmentally responsible alternative.
An EcoSmart home provides a healthier indoor living environment, is more cost efficient to operate and maintain, uses natural resources efficiently and is independently inspected for performance. What it comes down to is a CLEANER, HEALTHIER, MORE COST EFFICIENT home for you and your family.
- ENERGY STAR® Certified*
- Green Built Texas Verified*
- LEED Verified*
Blower Door Test
Air leakage accounts for 1/3 of a home’s heat loss. Unlike other builders, every home is individually tested through the use of a Blower Door Test.
HVAC Unit and Duct Sizing
We look for every opportunity to incorporate energy efficiency into each of our homes because we know it will result in a quality, healthy home. That’s why each home in our EcoSmart Program has its own AC/Heating blueprint based on the number and size of windows, size of home, and other energy efficiency components such as insulation, ventilation and equipment efficiency ratings. Based on all components working together as a system, we properly size the HVAC equipment using the acceptable industry standard Manual J according to the Air Conditioning Contractors of America and EPA standards.
Water Efficiency PEX Plumbing System
Your home features water efficient fixtures and a PEX plumbing system with maniblock configuration that dedicates hot water lines to bathrooms to maintain peak efficiency of water usage. In fact, according to a study by the Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH), this solution enables hot water to reach the fixtures twice as quickly as compared to copper at any run distance from the hot water heater.
ENERGY STAR® Rated Dishwasher
ENERGY STAR rated dishwashers use 3 gallons of water less per load, which not only saves the cost of those three gallons of water, but also the cost to heat them. In fact, it can save 25% every time you run it.
ENERGY STAR® Rated Light Fixtures
EcoSmart homes are a bright idea for a lot of good reasons. To use less energy, save money, and help protect the environment, our homes are built with ENERGY STAR rated light fixtures in selected rooms combining quality and attractive design with the highest levels of energy efficiency available today.
R-15 wall and R-38 flat ceiling insulation inspected for proper installation ensures the maximum comfort in your home.
16 SEER A/C System
The A/C system has a higher Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio so it’s more efficient and requires less energy to run. You benefit from lower energy costs, less noise and more effective climate control. We use Carrier equipment with Pureon for maximum efficiency and durability. (15 SEER units in heat pump communities)
To ensure a healthier indoor environment, we seal all plumbing, electrical and other penetrations of walls and floors as well as joints between building material with polyurethane caulk to reduce air infiltration.
Third Party Energy Inspections
You not only have our word that your home is energy efficient, but the word of an objective third-party too. Outside inspection firms will conduct inspections of the home to assure your home meets energy efficiency and quality standards.