The design process: We take the time to consider the environmental features of the property and work with the client to develop home plans that take advantage of positive aspects such as the views and sun exposure.
The actual construction process: By utilizing the latest in energy efficient construction techniques such as caulking the floor plates, building “California Corners and Tee posts” and a superior insulation package, we can build an extremely tight home. We then utilize an Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV) to efficiently exchange the air and keep it fresh. This short video explains the ERV process in more detail:
This superior construction process actually allows us to use a smaller HVAC system which is properly sized for the home. We also use recycled materials whenever possible, and minimize jobsite waste materials that cannot be recycled.
The operation of the home: We take pride in offering the best of energy efficient appliances, lighting fixtures, reduced water flow products to provide our clients with the best long term overall environmentally sustainable package. The beauty of our “green homes’ is that it does not require any additional maintenance on the part of our homeowners.
To find out more: We’d love to answer your questions about building a green home for yourself. Feel free to get in touch with us to discuss the benefits and building options you have.
- Lot development and preparation is prioritized to minimize the impact of the home on the land. For example, we work to save strategic trees and existing landscaping as much as possible. We of course take the view and other attributes of the lot into consideration when designing a home so as to maximize the potential of each lot.
- Resource efficiency is also crucial during the design phase, incorporating specific environmentally friendly materials into the design where ever possible.
- Energy Efficiency focuses on minimizing the use of fossil fuel, which will have a cumulative effect over the life of the home. Many of these components are part of a well built home and require little, if any, maintenance. Also, at the time of resale, this feature will be a critical selling point for the home.
- Water Efficiency can cut down on the per capita consumption of this valuable resource and is particularly important as our population grows. Additionally, water conservation is critical during drought times, which our area has experienced recently.
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has a rating system to determine if and how green a home is. The Bronze level designates the minimum standards for a green home followed by Silver and then Gold. The homes that PD&M builds consistently rate either as a high Silver or Gold level, indicating a well designed, and well built home that will give the owners many years of satisfaction. Click here for a simple overview of some items that go into a green home.
This national organization has partnered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) to develop and implement a set of guidelines that are the most stringent in the country. This process is known as LEEDS certification and requires following a strict design and construction process. To find out more about this new process for certifying residential homes click here.
We have also started building our green homes to the EarthCraft standard. EarthCraft (www.ecvirginia.org) is a residential program specifically designed for the environmental conditions found in the Southeastern portion of the US . EarthCraft has partnered with the US EPA and DOE through the ENERGY STAR Program (www.energystar.gov) to develop high performance construction standards that result in some of the most energy efficient homes on the market today without compromising quality or affordability.
A PD&M EarthCraft home will result in a quieter, more comfortable home with better indoor air quality, less maintenance and a lower overall cost of ownership.