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BUILT for the FAMILY STRUCTURE
Our homes are built to EcoSmart standards and fit a broad spectrum of aesthetic tastes and retain their curb appeal while being more energy efficient, healthier and environmentally responsible. The bottom line is, you benefit from long-term savings, protection from rising energy costs, increased resale value and improved home comfort.
Verified and Certified Green Home Building
There are a lot of companies claiming to be “green” these days. Many think they can add 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 Environments for Living (EFL) prgoram. EFL is a 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.
Blower Door Test
Air leakage accounts for 1/3 of a home’s heat loss. Unlike other builders, every home is individually tested to find and correct any air leaks through the use of a third party 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 manifold 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.
R-13 wall insulation and R-38 flat ceiling insulation inspected for proper installation ensures the maximum comfort in your home.
15/16 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.
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 an inspection of the building envelope for any penetrations to assure your home meets all energy efficiency and quality standards. Finally, every home receives a third party final inspection to ensure that the critical HERS Index has been met.