There is a lot of talk about ‘Green Building’, but no exact definition. We believe ‘Green’ should mean ‘high performance building’.
There are many parts to a high performance home:
Tight Construction – don’t get outside air through gaps in the exterior walls; seal crawl spaces and attics to avoid mold and moisture.
Improved Insulation – the newer products do a better job
High Performance Windows – insulated, Low E, improved frames, better installation
High Efficiency Heating/Air Conditioning – the right type and the right size
Tight Ductwork – sealed ducts installed in conditioned space
Efficient Water Heating – tankless, power vented gas or high efficiency electric
Ventilation – vent bath moisture, add fresh air make-up
Appliances & Lighting – Energy Star rated
Site Orientation – putting the house on lot correctly
Improved durability – proper use of housewrap, flashing and sealants
Verification – test every home