Efficiency & Sustainability

Building 'green' is beneficial to the ecosystem, which, for many, is a great incentive. But the same, sound building practices that make a home green result in cost savings and an improved quality of life for the people who live in the home, as well. Careful planning and a fair amount of expertise benefit everyone involved as your home is built efficiently and well. Our sustainability objectives are largely inspired by LEED, Energy Star, and the Greater Houston Builder's Associaton Green Certification program, all of which we are pleased to obtain for your project, should you so desire.

Materials

Responsibly extracting raw materials like hardwood and natural stone guarantees future supplies and reasonable costs. Properly installing them in a home greatly reduces environmental impact, and all the costs that go with it, as the materials' longevity is expanded and replacement is reduced. Additionally, selecting locally-harvested and processed materials benefits the immediate community and reduces transportation costs. An understanding of materials' sources, availability and durability results in a larger benefit for a lower cost.

Energy Efficiency

Building a home that provides all the function and comfort with less energy usage lowers costs to the people paying the bills as well as to the planet. A number of factors make a home energy efficient.

Insulation

Preventing heat transfer between inside and outside spaces keeps a house comfortable without having to run the HVAC system nonstop. Spray-in insulation, state-of-the-art window systems and seals around doors and other openings mitigates heat transfer and keeps interior spaces comfortable.

Appliances

Fresh technology is inspiring increasingly efficient heaters and air conditioners, as well as water heaters, dishwashers, laundry machines and various other appliances. Selecting the right appliances for a home can yield enormous cost savings.

Lighting

Traditional light bulbs have employed the same design for over a century, and 95% of the electrical input is discharged as heat rather than light. This results in considerable waste to operate, and still more expense to cool a brightly-lit room. On the other hand, incandescent lamps have a beauty that is hard to find in other lighting systems. Working with efficient lighting doesn't simply require knowing which fixtures provide a similar ambience for less expense, but also how to array the fixtures, and how to select wall and finish colors to compensate for a different hue of light. An efficient lighting system can rival a traditional one for beauty, for much less cost.

Water Efficiency

Water is the most crucial natural resource in existence, and while we have traditionally enjoyed an abundance of water in this part of Texas, burgeoning populations and unpredictable climate have made water efficiency considerably more urgent that it's traditionally been.

Fixtures

Improving technology has resulted in water fixture design that performs better on less water. Selecting high-quality, efficient fixtures during design and construction will provide a better experience for less cost.

Plumbing

Implementing water conveyance systems that are designed to provide hot water on demand will reduce both water expenditure and time wasted waiting for hot water to arrive.

Indoor Environmental Quality

Ventillation

While the traditional concept of an eco-friendly house effectively sealed off the inside from the outside, the modern concept is much more sophisticated. Inside air that is perpetually recirculated  becomes low in oxygen, affecting the energy and well-being of people who live in the house. Introducing fresh, outside air to the inside atmosphere is crucial to a superior indoor environmental quality. Properly conditioning that air as it's introduced is integral to energy efficiency goals. Both lend themselves to a more comfortable existence for residents.

 

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