Objectives

DESIGN CRITERIA

  • Energy Conservation
  • Improved Indoors Air Quality
  • Water Conservation
  • Conservation of Building Materials
  • Solid Waste Reduction
  • Performance Field-testing.
  • Universal Design

DESIGN GOALS

  • Greater Efficiency
  • Improved Durability
  • Reduced Maintenance
  • Improved Air Quality
  • Reduced Callbacks
  • Higher Potential Resale Value
  • Customer satisfaction

WHOLE-HOUSE APPROACH

  • An Integrated Design process is applied on all projects as a team concept. It encompass working together with the Homeowner, General Contractor, Designer and key Sub-contractors to achieve a more efficient and high performing design, with less complications and down time on the jobsite, thus saving money to our clients.
  • We coordinate any required Engineering, Truss and HVAC designs, HERS Raters and Verifiers, and train framers in Advanced Framing techniques.
  • All homes are designed with Dew Point and Permeability analysis to help us specify the correct insulation products and techniques to minimize possible condensation and thermal bridging.
  • All sheathing and outsulation must be sealed and tape to achieve a tight building enclosure.
  • All homes should have a Blower Door test to measure leakage at around 1ACH50 or less.
  • HVAC systems must be designed with Manuals J, D, T & S by a Mechanical Engineer. All ducts and air handling equipment must be in the conditioned space, and the system must be tested for correct air flows and temperature differentials.
  • Energy efficient and resource efficient construction that provides comfortable indoor conditions as defined by ASHRAE Standard 62.2.
  • All combustion appliances (except a gas stove or cook top) in the conditioned space must be sealed combustion or power vented.
  • Major appliances must be Energy Star.
  • All plumbing system and equipment must be of high efficiency for water conservation. You should install a rain water catchment system to collect water for irrigation.
  • All lighting should be Light Emitting Diode (LED) or Compact Fluorescent Lighting (CFL) with the following exceptions: motion-sensitive outdoor spotlights and solar-powered accent and pathway lighting.
  • Use recycled/salvaged materials and new materials with a high-recycled content where cost effective and practical.
  • All homes must achieve energy performance resulting in a HERS score of 50.0 or better (Lower); which means the house is 50% more efficient than a 2006 Energy Code reference house at HERS 100 score.
  • All homes are designed to be ZERO ENERGY READY or ZERO ENERGY homes, following the guidelines of DOE’s Zero Energy Ready Homes program.
  • All homes must have an approved Home Owners Manual and education on how to operate a green building house, and live in a responsible and sustainable manner.