Green means different things
to different people. While some choose to focus on their homes
reduction of energy consumption or water usage, others are passionate
about using recycled materials and preserving our natural resources.
No matter what your preference we can help.
There are a number of
green certifications a builder can strive for when designing a home.
Energy Star, LEED, FGBC, Build Smart are some of the most popular
certifications available in Florida. In a nut shell, there are two
kinds of certifications. There are the ones like Energy Star that
focus on energy management plans and designs with the specific goal
of benefiting both the environment and lowering the home owner’s
utility expense. Others take a much broader approach concerning
“Green”. LEED for example takes a “triple bottom line” approach
which considers people, planet and profit. LEED quantifies a
building’s performance in these following areas: Site
sustainability, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials
and resources, indoor environmental quality, innovation in design
and operations. While we can design a home to meet any criteria,
there is usually a tipping point for clients when they consider the
fees associated with each certification and the added building costs
to achieve the requirements of that certification.
As a standard our homes
are designed to exceed the Energy Star requirements, conserve water,
provide better indoor air quality and reduce your long term building
maintenance. To achieve this we provide the following as a standard:
insulation on the roof decking that reduces your attic
temperature by more than 50 degrees in the middle of summer.
Core fill 500 injected
foam insulation in our exterior block walls that raises the
insulation factor as well as soundproofing.
Double pane, low E
windows and insulated fiberglass exterior doors
80 gallon solar hot
water heater which reduces your energy consumption by up to 30%
15 SEER variable speed
humidity controlled HVAC system
Dual flush toilets –
One button uses .8 of a gallon while the other is a normal 1.6
Moen “Water Sense”
flow-optimized shower heads and faucets (less water not
Energy Star stainless
includes Zoysia sod and plants that require less watering
Irrigation system that
meets Volusia and Flagler County water conservation requirements
Low VOC interior
Exterior Loxon XP
water resistant paint
Pex plumbing piping