“Going Green” is a lifestyle choice that can help you save money, conserve resources, improve comfort and enhance safety.
And, best of all, ”Going Green” is not an all or nothing proposition! Consider it a work-in-progress, to be accomplished in small, meaningful steps over time. Each building phase offers numerous opportunities to “Go Green.
“Going Green” is about doing what you can to achieve both short-term and long-term benefits. In the short-term, something as simple as using high-efficiency lightbulbs in your home can lower energy costs and even reduce the amount of time spent changing lightbulbs (hey, every minute counts!). In the long-term, as people purchase fewer lightbulbs, supply and demand reduces product prices. Fewer lightbulbs means a reduction in landfill space and in associated maintenance costs. Even the smallest steps move us forward as individuals, as a nation, and as a civilization.
What does “Going Green” mean to my budget?
A green home is generally between 20-30% more energy-efficient than a standard home, greatly reducing monthly heating, cooling and electric bills…a large and growing benefit in an era of skyrocketing energy costs.
Green fixtures and appliances can deliver huge savings in both water and energy. For example, a frontloading clothes washer uses 40% less water and 50% less electricity than a standard washer.
Better planning and construction makes green homes last longer, with less need for maintenance, than a standard-built home. This helps to preserve the resale value of your home, often the largest investment you’ll ever make.
What does “Going Green” mean to my family’s health and comfort?
A green home can be a more comfortable home, with better airflow that makes it easier to maintain a uniform temperature throughout the home.
A green home can offer a healthier living environment thanks to better protection from outside pollutants and allergens. Obviously, all homes have dust, but a green home can be equipped with cental air-conditioning and electrostatic dust filters.
Additional health benefits may be derived from the use of less toxic materials, resulting in reduced outgassing of chemicals.
What does “Going Green” mean to my children?
Our children learn more from our actions than from our words.
Building and living green allows them to directly experience and understand the benefits that come from being intelligent, responsible consumers and homeowners.
Together, we can teach our children that responsible behavior is not only the right thing to do, it is the smart thing to do.
What does “Going Green” mean to the earth?
“Going Green” is a reflection of the fact that we are all stewards of the planet, empowered with the ability to provide for generations to come.
When we all do our part, each small action is multiplied so that we can accomplish almost anything, from saving a tree to saving the earth.
A healthy planet offers natural splendor that we sometimes take for granted. Every step forward in conservation and preservation helps ensure a legacy of empowerment, hope and stability.
What does “Going Green” mean to Signature Building Systems?
Each home we build has the basics to qualify for Energy Star certification: 15% more energy-efficiency than a standard home, with the potential to be 20% – 30% more efficient.
The following items are built into every Signature home
– Sheathing is properly sealed to the framing.- Bottom plates of walls are sealed to the decking and top plates to the ceiling assembly, resulting in less unintentional heat loss.
– Mechanical penetrations are sealed to aid in the retention of heating/cooling.
– Additional ventilation fans are installed as needed to facilitate air exchange, controlling temperature and humidity while minimizing drafts.
– Tub/showers on exterior walls are constructed with a continuous air and thermal barrier, reducing drafts.
– Closed-cell foam insulation is utilized around all windows and exterior doors.- Airtight (AT) cans are utilized for all recessed lighting to help eliminate drafts.
– Ceiling and wall insulation levels are calculated to meet minimums per Energy Star requirements and climate zone specifications, increasing thermal efficiency.
– Low-E windows are installed to make your home more heat-efficient.
– To remove a possible source of drafts, fireplace chases are lined to maintain the thermal and air barrier.
We can further customize your home to your specifications and needs. Feel free to sit down with your builder and discuss your options. Take advantage of our years of planning and building experience, and benefit from our knowledge, experience and integrity.
In addition to the many benefits of living in a green home, there are many outside financial incentives that can help make green homeownership even more affordable.