Building Green

As a builder, I have watched the growing trend toward “green” construction techniques and home products.

Home builders and home buyers throughout the country are demonstrating an increased interest in green building – for environmental, health, and financial reasons.  The goal is to create a cleaner environment for our families and to preserve the environment.   No one likes high energy bills and we all want to do our part to conserve the resources of our planet Earth.   Green building practices go beyond energy and water conservation to incorporate environmentally sensitive site planning, resource efficient building materials and superior indoor environmental quality. Some of the key benefits are:

  • lower electric and water utility costs
  • environmentally effective use of building materials
  • enhanced health and productivity
  • long-term economic returns
  • reduced environmental impact

Using “green” building techniques and products is an ever changing science as new methods are tried and new products are tested and improved.  I have endeavored to provide energy efficient homes for my customers since I learned my trade.  The following lists are some of the methods and products that I incorporate in my homes to help provide for lower energy costs to homeowners.

  • Walls that are constructed with 2” x 6” renewable lumber products.  2” x 6” walls allow for increased insulation.
  • Exterior walls are insulated with blown cellulose insulation which improves the R-value to a minimum of R-19 and makes for a warmer interior in the winter and a cooler one in the summer.  Top and bottom plates are caulked and sealed before insulating to further seal the wall against air flow.  Ceilings are insulated to an R-38 value.
  • The entire exterior of the living spaces are covered with DuPont Tyvek with taped seams to control air infiltration.
  • Roofs are framed with engineered trusses which reduce the quantity and size of lumber required to support the roof.
  • Oriented Strand Board or “OSB” is an engineered wood product that does not require large trees for its production and it is used extensively throughout the house.  Roof sheathing, wall sheathing and sub-floors are all built using “OSB”.
  • Vinyl Single or Double Hung windows (per specifications) with insulated LOW-E glass are standard in all my homes.  Low-E glass helps by reflecting heat back outside in the summer and inside in the winter.  It also improves the R-value of the windows.
  • Insulated fiberglass and steel entrance doors.
  • Low-flow faucets and showerheads, plus low-flush toilets.
  • High efficiency water heaters.
  • 14 SEER or BETTER High Efficiency Heating and Cooling Systems.
  • KraftMaid Cabinets which are certified in  the Environmental Stewardship Program (ESP) administered by the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturer’s Association (KCMA)
  • ENERGY STAR Appliances offered in all homes.
  • Low VOC Latex paints and enamels that meet the requirements of the U.S. Green Building Council.
  • Green Label carpeting that meets Carpet and Rug Institute’s indoor air quality requirements.  All of our carpeting used can be recycled and fibers reclaimed instead of polluting landfills.

So if you are considering building a home or looking at one of my homes that is already built, I am proud that my commitment to quality, comfort and energy efficiency will be found each and every home that I build.

Kevin Jones