Energy Considerations
  • Covered and usable outdoor areas and decks
  • Large roof overhangs that project a minimum of 24" horizontally
  • Living areas protected by garage and storage spaces serve as a buffer on southwest wall
  • Subterranean expansion into existing bluff
  • Effective natural cross-ventilation provided by sliding glass doors on opposite sides of the house
  • No vapor barrier installed on inside of exterior walls
  • Insulating Low-E double-pane aluminum clad wood windows and doors throughout
  • Natural daylight without direct solar heat gain
  • Ceiling fans in all main rooms and bedrooms
  • Low voltage lights
  • Detailed mechanical plan provided by engineer
  • 13.0 SEER system
  • Pleated HVAC filter
  • Cooling equipment sized and installed according to correct Manual J calculations based on house design, specifications and orientation.
  • Indoor HVAC units located within the thermal envelope
  • All ductwork is located within the thermal envelope in the concealed space between the 1st and 2nd floor
  • No change in direction in any one truck or branch duct run greater than 180 degrees
  • Pressure-balancing for all bedrooms using return transfer grills
  • HVAC system tested and balanced
  • Programmable thermostats
    Materials
  • Alternate material roof structure using steel beams over main living area
  • Hat channel screw-down metal roof
  • Durable flooring materials use including wood and stone
  • 3/8" long leaf pine veneer interior wall surfacing and trim package is recycled
  • Pine flooring is recycled
    Water
  • Energy Star dishwasher
  • Low maintenance landscaping
  • Rain gutters direct water to landscaped areas
  • Plant based mulch
  • No turf grass
    Health and Safety
  • Exhaust fans
  • Carbon Monoxide detector installed
    Community
  • Built-in recycling center
  • Existing subdivision