Our green homes are designed and constructed to consume less energy and water, are durable and easier to maintain, use resource efficient materials all resulting in a healthier home.
The rubberizing aspect of SBS increases flexibility and weatherability for your roof. The thermo cycling resilience of SBS modified asphalt provides greater granule adhesion for the shingle to create a better barrier from the elements. When granules stay on the shingles, your roof lasts longer.
The use of energy-efficient windows and advanced insulation techniques will lower utility costs and create a more comfortable home environment.
Building with sustainably harvested lumber, engineered wood products, and recycled or rapidly renewable wood products helps preserve our old-growth forests, and reduces material use and construction waste.
Fiber cement siding is a recyclable composite material made of sand, cement, cellulose fibers, and other additives. In appearance fiber cement siding most often consists of overlapping horizontal boards, imitating wood cladding, clapboard and Imitation shingles. Fiber cement siding is durable and fire-resistant.
Consider the use of low-flush toilets and low flow plumbing fixtures that will reduce your water usage and save you money in the process. Consider the following:
A conventional toilet uses about 3.5 gallons of water compared to 1.6 gallons from a low flush toilet.
A conventional shower head uses about 4-5 gallons of water per minute compared to a low flow shower head that uses only 2.5 gallons per minute.
Use of a low flow faucet aerator will cut the water usage of faucets by as much as 40%, or from about 4 gallons per minute to 2.5 gallons per minute.
Qualified compact fluorescent light bulbs use about 75 percent less energy than standard incandescent bulbs and last up to 10 times longer. Compact Fluorescent light bulbs produce about 75 percent less heat, are safer to operate and also help reduce energy costs associated with home cooling.
Qualified windows, doors and skylights with proper attention to sealing around the openings can greatly reduce air leakage that causes rooms to gain or lose excessive heat.
The use of water and energy efficient Gas Ranges, and appliances such as energy star dishwashers, and clothes washers equipped with water conservation features or clean natural gas equipment will reduce water and energy use and lower monthly bills.
Engineered wood includes a range of derivative wood products which are manufactured by binding together wood strands, fibers, or veneers with adhesives to form composite materials. These products are engineered to precise design specifications which are engineer-tested to meet national or International standards. Wood I-Joists are engineered to be straighter, stiffer, stronger and more consistent in performance than solid sawn lumber. Engineered Wood I-Joists provide the owner with a superior floor. Engineered wood products use the wood resources more efficiently and therefore promote natural-resource conservation. There are many attractive, cost-effective durable flooring options such as natural linoleum, FSC-certified or reclaimed wood, and recycled content that are available from many manufacturers. These materials have less impact on the environment, they lasts longer, and require less frequent replacements.