We have all heard the term "Green Building" used in some context or another, but why is Green Building important? For one, building accounts for one-sixth of the world’s fresh water withdrawals, one-quarter of its wood harvest and two-fifths of its material and energy flows. Therefore, building "green" is an opportunity to use our resources more efficiently while creating healthier buildings that improve human health, build a better environment and provide costs savings over time. Green building may cost more up-front, but saves through lower operating costs over the life of the building.
Below is a small sampling of some standard green building techniques that we incorporate
into the homes we build:
Cathedralized Foam Insulation – One of the most cost effective techniques to green building for extremely hot climates, this method of insulating provides an unvented attic with half pound foam insulation applied to the underside of the roof sheathing. This "cathedralized" insulation method allows the air distribution system (i.e. ductwork) to run in a "conditioned" space and significantly reduces heat gain during the summer months.
High-Efficiency Power-Vented Gas Furnaces – In addition to the cathedralized insulation, power-vented furnaces offer an integral motorized vent exhauster which meters the airflow through the system, reducing energy loss.
Hot Water Re-circulating Pumps on a Timer – A re-circulating pump will allow for hot water "on-demand". Placing the system on a timer will allow for hot water to be scheduled during peak operational times only.
Insulated Hot Water Pipes – Insulating the hot water lines with flex guard conserves energy by reducing the heat loss from the water heater to the fixture as the water travels through the supply lines.
Active Radon Venting System – Every home has a radon venting system installed under the slab that is vented by power-activated exhaust fans. This will allow for the quick and constant removal of harmful radon gasses that can build up under the surface of the home should they occur.