Green Building Practices
Green Building Practices in Bethesda, Chevy Chase and the Washington DC Metropolitan Area
Green houses don’t just happen—they’re planned and built purposefully. It begins with knowing what you want, and then knowing how to do it. Green building requires a systems approach: making sure that all of the components and systems of a house work together to provide a quality home that is comfortable, energy efficient, and healthy.
We are quite aware that our Customers are interested in living in energy efficient homes. We strive to keep current with the recent trend towards Green Building practices and our goal is to provide as much information as to the newer energy efficient Green building methods and products. Green building is quickly becoming the new standard of excellence and our specifications have always kept energy-efficiency in mind. There are many different levels of green when it comes to building a home, and we work hard to help our clients understand the difference. From energy-efficiency to sustainable products use, let us help you make the world a little greener. We are certified in the ‘NAHB National Green Building Program’, and our homes meet ‘EnergyStar’ requirements.
The techniques used in green building employ good building practices and improved building materials and equipment. The result is a home that can reduce energy consumption and waste while enhancing homeowner quality of life through the improvement of air quality and comfort.
Our designs and enhanced construction methods are used to create a significantly tighter building envelope. Our homes have an enhanced insulation package with increased “R-values” and use 2×6 lumber on exterior walls. This increases the insulation area by more the 50% compared to traditional construction. We use a modern drain board water proofing system on all of our homes to significantly reduce the chance for water infiltration through foundation walls.
Our homes use energy-efficient products such as “ENERGY STAR” appliances, “Low E” high performance windows, insulated doors, energy efficient “hybrid” heating and cooling systems, water-saving plumbing fixtures, and we can build your home with energy efficient geothermal heating and cooling systems. We look forward to answering any of your questions regarding the best Green products for your individual project.