Tour an ENERGY STAR® and Built Green™ home! This model features an on-demand tankless hot water heater, a 90% gas efficient furnace, and oversized high-performance windows. As a result, it uses 85% of the energy typically required for heating and cooling compared with a conventional new home, lowering your bills and saving you dollars.
30 Year Roof
30 Year Roof
No one likes to replace a roof more often than necessary. It uses up resources (including your money!) and the old roofing usually ends up in a landfill. A 30-year roof is good looking, durable and has an efficient lifecycle cost.
90% Efficiency Gas Furnace
Natural gas is a clean an efficient source of home heating. The furnace in this home is a high performance model rated at 90% efficiency.
A Healthier Indoor Environment
There is no-doubt that a major concern of all homeowners these days is the quality of the air we breathe. In this home, many design techniques, materials and systems all work together to create healthier indoor air. Flooring and carpets that do not release chemicals and come from renewable or recycled resources help. Paints used throughout the home are low-odor during application and have low VOC* throughout their life. VOCs are known or suspected to have negative health effects. These paints also provide a durable, washable, anti-microbial surface. A dedicated mechanical ventilation system with a high quality filtration system separate from the heating system delivers fresh outside air to key living spaces, while removing stale, polluted air. This strategy helps reduce the dust and other contaminants present in the home and provides better indoor air quality than a conventional forced air heating system. * VOC= volatile organic compounds. Finish is no VOC, tints are low VOC.
Heat rises. The sun heats from above. Both are reasons why extra efforts to insulate ceiling areas pay big dividends. Ceiling insulation is also quite economical. In this home Energy heels of 6" on trusses allow added insulation over the top plate, The point at which typical roof rafters connect with the top plate of the exterior wall leaves little room for the full depth of attic insulation, creating compressed insulation and reduced performance. A raised heel truss, or "energy heel," raises the truss at that point (at least 6 inches) to allow the insulation enough room to produce its full R-value at this critical location.
Advanced Framing-Insulated Headers:
The headers (beams) over doors and windows have typically been a point of increased heat loss because they were made from laminated framing timbers with no insulation. The simple technique used for this home laminates a layer of rigid foam between 2X s where structurally possible to create insulated headers. This reduces heat transfer to keep the home warmer in winter and cooler in summer.
This home was designed by Mithun to be more energy efficient, using low- or no-cost ways to improve the energy efficiency of a home by improving the envelope beyond code. The envelope of a conventional house is the greatest source of heat loss, causing uncomfortable indoor temperatures.
Air Tight Drywall
Air tight drywall reduces unwanted air infiltration and loss of conditioned air. Sealing the home with an advanced sealing technique can make a big difference in winter heating bills and overall comfort, as well as reduce the infiltration of dust and other outside pollutants, such as pollen.
All season Sun Porch, living and sun room
This is a very comfortable space that is warmed naturally by the sun. Think of it as a permanent vacation. Especially on those days when it "Seattle Gray" outside.
Blower door testing
Blower door testing has shown that the air infiltration rate of the home is less than 0.35 air changes per hour (ACH). Houses breathe by exchanging outdoor air with indoor air through cracks and penetrations in the envelope. The less air exchange there is, the more energy efficient the home. The blower door test determines how much heat the house loses through infiltration. Below 0.35ACH requires makeup air or ventilation to provide fresh air.
Build Tight, Ventilate Right
"Build tight and ventilate right" is an approach important both to the homeowners' comfort and to reducing the cost of heating and cooling. It's an approach that also sets the stage for improving indoor air quality. Proper framing techniques, improved insulation and sealing systems eliminate construction voids preventing air leakage and draft. A thermally efficient, airtight envelope and super-insulated walls and ceiling minimize heat loss in winter, and heat gain in summer. One of the cost advantages of this home is that it doesn't require expensive air conditioning to remain comfortable in the summer months and at the same time significantly reduces heating costs in the winter.
Carpet Pad Made of Recycled Materials
Carpet pad made with recycled fibers is a good way to get an attractive, long lasting floor and do your part to keep waste out of the landfills. Many carpets and pads can be recycled so it's always good to ask when you purchase new carpet if your old one can be picked-up for recycling.
Ceiling Fan Pre-wire:
Ceiling light fixture locations built and wired to support ceiling fan in two locations are ready for future installation if needed. Pre-wiring simplifies homeowner installation of ceiling fans, which can lower heating costs and improve summertime comfort. Ceiling fans can re-circulate warm air that collects high up in a room in winter, reducing energy consumption. They also create air movement that can keep interior spaces comfortable on warm summer days.
Cement Based Siding
Clemplank, Fiber-cement siding is highly durable; it doesn't split, holds paint longer and is more moisture-resistant than typical hardwood siding. Long lasting, low maintenance exterior finish products reduce replacement frequency, which means cost savings, reduced landfill impact, and fewer resources and time devoted to maintenance and replacement.
Ceramic Tile Flooring
The flooring and countertops chosen for this home add a great deal of style, beauty and ease-of-maintenance over the typical "non-green" choice. A "green" floor or counter top choice usually means a material that comes from recycled or renewable resources, or one that is not made with the kinds of synthetic materials that off-gas annoying or harmful compounds. Quite often this leads to simple, natural materials, such as stone or slate, or the beautiful ceramic tile you see in this home.
Drought tolerant landscaping
Beautiful and natural is the inspiration for landscaping throughout High Point. The topsoils were amended with an addition of compost and organic materials. Drought-tolerant native plant species thrive in the local climate and tend to be more pest and disease resistant. The result is a garden that uses less water, has reduced maintenance and weeding required, and the naturally improved soils produce healthy, vibrant plant growth without the use of chemical amendments and pesticides. Using natural mulches and compost also creates a market for the recycling of yard and land clearing wastes, which keeps them out of landfills.
ENERGY STAR Light Fixtures
"These fixtures distribute light more efficiently and evenly than standard fixtures. They lower utility bills by lasting 10 times longer and using 75% less energy than incandescent fixtures. They have superior light quality, are flicker-free, emit no hum, start instantly, and come with a two-year warranty, which is double the industry standard. By replacing the five most frequently used lights in your home with ENERGY STAR qualified lighting, you can save about $60 per year in energy costs."
ENERGY STAR Low E Primer Vinyl Windows
Traditional windows lose heat through the frame, through the glass and let in cold air between the window and the framing material surrounding it. These Energy Star qualified windows have a Low-e coating that reflects heat in on cold nights and out on summer days. It not only increases the R-value of the window by 50%, it makes indoor space much more comfortable year 'round.
ENERGY STAR qualified clothes washer
ENERGY STAR clothes washer uses 50% less energy and water than conventional models.
ENERGY STAR qualified furnace
ENERGY STAR qualified furnace has an annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) rating of 90% or greater, making it about 15% more efficient than standard models.
ENERGY STAR Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs
- Use 75% less energy than standard incandescent bulbs and last up to 10 times longer.
- Advanced phoshors eliminate color shift
- Replacing a 100-watt incandescent with a 32-watt CFL can save you at least $30 in energy cost over the life of the bulb.
- By replacing the five most frequently used lights in your home with ENERGY STAR qualified lighting, you can save about $60 per year in energy costs.
ENERGY STAR qualified refrigerator
ENERGY STAR qualified refrigerator uses less energy in one year than a 75-watt light bulb.
Engineered Structural Products
The structural elements of a typical home, such as joists, trusses, rafters and wall studs are most commonly lumber. Engineered Structural Products are specially designed elements which combine wood, particle board and other materials into structural members that use far use natural resources, and equally important are stronger and more stable than typical construction lumber leading to a better built home with far less waste.
Environmentally Friendly Building Materials
You will see throughout this home attention paid to materials that are friendly to the environment, low in maintenance and durable. Another criteria for selecting "green" building materials is indoor air quality. Attention was paid to use materials, substrates and surfaces that would eliminate or minimize "off-gassing" that home owners often find irritating or harmful to health. In a tour of this home, you just might miss that "new home smell." That's a good thing!
Fly Ash Concrete
Flyash is a by-product of coal-fired electric generating plants. Using this by-product offers environmental advantages by diverting the material from the waste stream, reducing the energy investment in processing virgin materials, conserving virgin materials, and allaying pollution. Although flyash offers environmental advantages, it also improves the performance and quality of concrete. Flyash affects the plastic properties of concrete by improving workability, reducing water demand, reducing segregation and bleeding, and lowering heat of hydration.
Low V.O.C. Paints
V.O.C. stands for volatile organic compounds (which are pollutants). Using paints formulated to be low in emissions is a lot healthier for the painters and for the residents.
Natural Granite Counter Tops
The flooring and countertops chosen for this home add a great deal of style, beauty and ease-of-maintenance over the typical "non-green" choice. A "green" floor or counter top choice usually means a material that comes from natural, recycled or renewable resources, or one that is not made with the kinds of synthetic materials that off-gas annoying or harmful compounds. Quite often this leads to simple, natural materials, such as the stunning natural granite you see here.
On-site Materials Recycling
Typical new home construction can produce up to 5 tons of waste per house. Wood and metal materials represent over 50% of the debris normally taken to landfills. In keeping with their Green mission, Lyle Homes built this house differently - they recycled all wood materials on site. Recycled waste diverts trash from the waste stream and is converted into new, usable materials.
Performance testing by trained technicians ensures that your home's duct system is energy efficient, your indoor air is cleaner and your home will be comfortable year-round.
Pervious Pavers for Private Roads and Driveways This beautiful paving material allows rainwater to drain through to be incorporated into the natural drainage system of High Point. And we'll bet you thought we used it because it's so beautiful!
A programmable thermostat allows you to save energy and increase the comfort of your living space. Time your heating cycle for the hours you are up and about, leave the heat lower when you are away or asleep.
It's almost like something our of the Farmer's Almanac: an old technology becomes new again. When you divert rainwater into rain barrels it can be stored for irrigation use. Rainwater collection systems reduce the use of potable water for irrigation- lowering water and sewer fees, and it helping to reduce and buffer runoff to adjacent wetlands.
South Faced Shading
Architectural shading on the south side minimized heat gain over the sunny months, keeping home more comfortable.
Tankless Hot Water Heater
Domestic hot water and hot water for heating is delivered by the same tankless system. On-demand tankless water heaters offer up to 25 to 30% energy savings over conventional natural gas water heaters.
THIS HOME HAS EARNED THE ENERGY STAR Designed, built and performance tested to provide enhanced comfort, healthier indoor air, energy savings and a better future.