SERVICES – GREEN BUILDER
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What does “Building Green” actually mean?
Its a good question. And it deserves a good answer. A green home uses less energy, water and natural resources; creates less waste; and is healthier and more comfortable for the occupants. Benefits of a green home include lower energy and water bills; reduced greenhouse gas emissions; and less exposure to mold, mildew and other indoor toxins. The net cost of owning a green home is comparable to that of owning a conventional home.
Many companies today claim to be “Green Builders”. We thought it necessary to define “Green Builder” if we were going to become one. There are any number of “Green Building” practices available to home builders. These range from simple, inexpensive practices that result in an energy efficient home to more expensive approaches such as solar or geo-thermal heating and exotic “green” materials that do not emit harmful gases into the environment. The list is long and getting longer. A “green builder” should have as a goal to build a home that has the least impact possible on the environment and requires the least amount of energy to sustain. The following categories are what we concentrate on as a Green Home Builder.
Energy Considerations Energy savings of up to 50% can be realized just by incorporating some of the following techniques.
Air Seal and Insulation
Green Building- Energy Star sealing and insulating the “envelope” or “shell” of your home — its outer walls, ceiling, windows, doors, and floors — is often the most cost effective way to improve energy efficiency and comfort. ENERGY STAR estimates savings of up to 20% on heating and cooling costs (or up to 10% of the total annual energy bill) by sealing and insulating properly.
As the home is under construction, we are incorporating strict practices in sealing the outer envelope of your home. All homes are wrapped with house wrap or water resistant Zip Board and all seams and connections to windows and doors are taped according to Georgia Energy Code and Energy Star requirements. We also use a seal under the walls of the home where it sits on the foundation. This prevents air losses and leaks which can zap a home of heating and cooling causing high energy bills. We pay particular attention to weather stripping around all windows and doors.
One of the best investments a homeowner can make in their new home is to provide adequate insulation. We adhere to Georgia Energy Code and Federal Energy Star requirements for all insulation in your home. This includes higher R-value insulation in the walls, floors and ceilings of your home. Read more about Air Seal and Insulation… http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=home_sealing.hm_improvement_sealing
Air Condition, Heating and Filtration
As much as half of the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling. So making smart decisions about your home’s heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system can have a big effect on your utility bills, and your comfort.
We also comply with Georgia Energy Code and federal Energy Star requirements for the heating and cooling systems in our homes. A 13 SEER rating is the minimum efficiency rating we use with heat pumps. In addition, all duct work is insulated and sealed to the system for minimal heating and cooling loss. We also seal all vents and air returns to the floors, walls and ceilings to prevent additional losses. As of 2009, the minimum SEER rating for North Georgia will go to 14. We also offer dual fuel systems which are hybrid electric/gas systems which can provide you with even more options in controlling your energy costs.
The average household spends more than $2,000 a year on energy bills — nearly half of which goes to heating and cooling. Homeowners can save about $180 a year by properly setting their programmable thermostats and maintaining those settings. Programmable thermostats on all heating and cooling systems allow you to minimize energy consumption while still maintaining a comfortable home.
Windows And Doors
Windows and doors can be one of your home’s most attractive features. They provide views, day lighting, ventilation, and solar heating in the winter. Unfortunately, they can also account for 10% to 25% of your heating bill. We work with the homeowner to select windows and doors that meet their design and aesthetic requirements, but more importantly, energy efficiency requirements. All of our windows and doors comply with Georgia Energy Code and Federal Energy Star specifications. All glass is at least double pane, argon gas filled, low-E to provide you with the minimum heating and cooling losses resulting in lower energy bills. Read more at…
When buying an appliance, remember that it has two price tags: what you pay to take it home and what you pay for the energy and water it uses. ENERGY STAR qualified appliances incorporate advanced technologies that use 10–50% less energy and water than standard models. The money you save on your utility bills can more than make up for the cost of a more expensive but more efficient ENERGY STAR model. We use ENERGY STAR appliances in our homes.
Water heating currently represents up to 17 percent of national residential energy consumption, making it the third largest energy user in homes, behind heating and cooling, and kitchen appliances.There are various types of energy efficient water heaters. Among them are high-performance gas storage, whole-home gas tankless, advanced drop-in or integrated heat pump, solar, and gas condensing. Other methods can also help reduce energy consumption for water heating including having more than one water heater and centrally locating the water heaters and insulating the heaters and all hot water pipes.
Paints, Stains and Adhesives
Indoor air is three times more polluted than outdoor air, and according to the EPA, is considered to be one of the top 5 hazards to human health. Paints and finishes are among the leading causes. Paints and finishes release low level toxic emissions into the air for years after application. The source of these toxins is a variey of VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds) which, until recently, were essential to the performance of the paint.New environmental regulations, and consumer demand, have led to the development of low-VOC and zero-VOC paints and finishes. Most paint manufacturers now produce one or more non-VOC variety of paint. These new paints are durable, cost-effective and less harmful to human and environmental health.
Why does indoor air quality matter? People are increasingly concerned about mold, radon, carbon monoxide, and toxic chemicals commonly found in homes. In fact, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) studies show that levels of air pollution inside the home are often two to five times higher than outdoor levels. And poor indoor air quality is associated with a host of health problems, including eye irritation, headaches, allergies, and respiratory problems such as asthma.
How can building practices help improve indoor air quality? Builders can employ a variety of construction practices and technologies to decrease the risk of poor indoor air quality, including careful selection and installation of moisture control systems, heating, cooling, and ventilation (HVAC) equipment, combustion venting systems, and building materials. Homes with the ENERGY STAR Indoor Air Package are at least 15% more energy efficient than homes built to the 2003 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and are designed to have improved indoor air quality compared to code-built homes.
“Our experience with Mountain View Home Builders was great. Building a custom home is an enormous undertaking. We considered several builders before settling on Mountain View. They spent a great deal of time, several months, getting details and advising us on various aspects of our home design and provided us with an accurate estimate of the cost of our new home. They spent even more time helping us to select the perfect set of plans and even helped us to make the purchase from an on-line plans company.
The homes that we build are designed to give our customers a feeling of peace; A place to find sanctuary and solice at the end of a day at work or a day on the Lake. Whatever your homebuilding needs, we know that Mountain View Homes is the right choice. Want to see more?
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