Green Building

Green Building


1) What does a high performance green home mean for our homeowners?

  • Less Maintenance = more leisure time + more money saved
  • Reduced Energy Usage = more money saved
  • Advanced Construction Technology and Materials = a healthier, quieter and more comfortable home

 

2) Your High Performance Green Home can help save your family 17 percent or more on utility costs*!

For example, for a family with a $500 per month electric bill, the savings could be more than $7,000 over seven years. A 10 percent reduction in a $200 monthly water bill could add another $1,600 in savings over the same period. Over a thirty-year period, these savings could amount to more than $30,000 in utility bills and $2,700 in water bills.

* Vision Development Group Green Built

3) The Six Cornerstones of Vision Development Group Green Built

  • Homesite management and waste reduction
  • Energy efficiency and conservation
  • Water efficiency and conservation
  • Resourceful material usage
  • Improved indoor air quality
  • Homeowner education

 

4) Homesite Management and Waste Reduction

Practices and building techniques that reduce the environmental impact of new home construction:

  • Preservation and protection of healthy, mature, and original trees on homesite
  • Obtain Storm Water Permit
  • Reuse of form board materials
  • Gutters tied to a drain system with area collection boxes to carry rainwater away to curb and away from homesite

5) Water Efficiency and Conservation

Water conservation measures that reduce indoor and outdoor daily usage include:

  • Low-flow plumbing fixtures in kitchen and baths
  • 1.28 gallon water efficient commodes in bathrooms to reduce unnecessary water usage
  • Low-flow appliances such as Energy Star-rated dishwashers that use up to 3 gallons less per load
  • PEX Plumbing system with homerun shut-off valve which devotes hot waterlines to each bathroom to sustain efficiency
  • Insulated hot waterlines in foundation
  • Irrigation systems with auto shut-off that also feature rain and freeze sensors to avoid pipe bursting, unnecessary watering during rains, and reduce condensation to avoid mold growth (per community specifications)
  • Native landscaping with Stage 3 drought-tolerant plantings
  • Additional nutrient-rich wood mulch in all landscaping beds

6) Improved Indoor Air Quality

Ventilation and filtering features as well as design guidelines to improve indoor air quality:

  • Fresh air supply vent on fireplaces to supply oxygen for fire combustion and avoid smoke emission into the house
  • Continuous perforated soffit around perimeter of home to reduce attic temperatures and increase attic circulation
  • Roof vents located throughout attic that work in accordance with perforated soffit to reduce attic temperatures and increase attic ventilation
  • 14 or 16 SEER Lennox air conditioning system with 10 year limited warranty and natural gas heating unit(s) which includes 14/16 SEER condensers with electronic spark ignition sized according to Manual J calculations per manufacturer’s specifications, plus mastic seal at duct connections
  • Masked air ducts in all bedrooms for supply and return
  • Air Filtration System to protect from dust,debris, allergens, and pollen
  • Vapor barrier under foundation to control moisture
  • 1/8″ Thermo-ply and corner bracing with taped seams to prevent water and air infiltration
  • Solid-core door between garage and home tightly sealed by gaskets
  • Third party Thermal Bypass Inspections (per Energy Star requirements)
  • Smoke detectors and combination carbon monoxide/smoke detectors located throughout the home

7) Energy Efficiency and Conservation

Cost Saving Energy Star®-certified measures:

  • 14 or 16 SEER Lennox air conditioning system with 10 year limited warranty and natural gas heating unit(s) which includes 14/16 SEER condensers with electronic spark ignition sized according to Manual J calculations per manufacturer’s specifications, plus mastic seal at duct connections with separate zone programmable thermostats (2-story homes) to schedule energy use accordingly and reduce electricity bill
  • Natural gas heating system with electrical spark ignition plus mastic seal at duct connections
  • Radiant barrier roof decking to reduce heat gain through roof
  • Double pane vinyl thermal windows with Low-E glass including 10-year limited manufacturer’s warranty
  • R-6 insulated air ducts with returns and transfer grills in bedrooms to stabilize air pressure
  • R-22 and R-30 batt insulation at sloped ceilings and minimum R-38 blow insulation in flat ceiling areas (per plan)
  • Continuous perforated fiber cement soffit around perimeter of home to reduce attic temperatures and increase attic ventilation
  • Roof vents located throughout attic that work in accordance with perforated soffit to reduce attic temperatures and increase attic ventilation
  • Polycel foam caulking used around doors, windows, the bottom plate, and all exterior penetrations
  • Exterior sheathing with taped seams to prevent water and air infiltration
  • Recessed can lighting for kitchen, fireplace, hallways, stairways, and front porch (per plan) to reduce heat loss
  • Third party inspections and testing during each phase of construction:
  • Engineered foundation inspection before concrete is placed
  • Benefits of our Energy Star®-certified home include, but are not limited to:
  • Noise Reduction & Improved Insulation
  • Monthly energy cost reductions
  • Maintenance Reduction
  • Healthier Indoor Air Quality
  • Potentially Higher Resale Value
  • Superior Construction

8) Resourceful Material Usage

Mandatory environmentally friendly materials with sustainability in mind:

  • Use of engineered lumber which are strong, practically defect-free, and highly sustainable
  • Fiber-cement products including soffits, lap siding, fascia board and trim which hold paint 2 to 3 times longer than masonite or wood, resist damage by hail or termite attacks, and will not crack or delaminate (limited manufacturer’s warranty)
  • Gutters tied into drain system where applicable with area collection boxes to carry rainwater to curb and away from the homesite
  • Roof overhangs covering much of the exterior walls to protect the building envelope
  • Metal drip edge used at the edge of eaves and gables to prevent water infiltration

9) Homeowner Education

Vision Development Group offers our homeowners:

  • On-site meetings throughout the homebuilding process including a Pre-Construction Meeting, Pre-Drywall Meeting, and a Homebuyer Orientation Meeting once the home is complete
  • 10-stage construction process and key construction terms online
  • On-going preventative and maintenance education to encourage proper use of energy efficient features and orientation on the operation and care for their homes
  • Knowledgeable sales and construction management staff

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