Going Green

Learn how green building practices can benefit your new home.

Green Building means different things to different people.


There are 3 major components that make up the term Green Building.

1

Sustainability

2

Energy Efficiency

3

Building Science

Sustainability is the lessening of the impact on the earth. This can be accomplished in a number of ways:

  • Through using fewer materials in the construction of your home

  • Recycling of construction debris

  • Using locally produced building materials which do not need long transport distances to arrive at your site

  • Using recycled construction materials

  • Utilizing materials that are durable and have less harmful side effects

Building science is perhaps the most important factor to consider when choosing a builder. It integrates the whole house concept. Any average builder can create a tight, energy efficient home, but what are the possible harmful side effects and how can they be overcomed.

One example is the replacement of the air expelled through exhaust in you baths and kitchen. With a tightly built home the amount of air infiltration into your home is dramatically reduced. However, when air is expelled through exhausting, the replacement air has to come from somewhere. Without proper controls it can come from the chimney of a fireplace, vents on hot water heaters expelling carbon monoxide fumes, or even the garage entry doors.

Casa Sereno Homes can help you integrate as much or a little Green Building practices into your home. You can increase the performance of your home which will pay dividends for many years to come. Or if you want to go for a maximum performance home utilizing as many green features as possible, we can accommodate.

Sustainability

Sustainability basically means:

  1. Conserving the materials used.
  2. Recycling that which can be.
  3. Considering the energy consumed in the manufacturing and delivery of the materials utilized.

Casa Sereno Homes attempts to work towards sustainability by; practicing building methods that utilize building materials to the maximum use and attempt to cut down on waste. By recycling as much construction waste as possible. By attempting to buy products manufactured within 300 miles to minimize the energy usage in deliver. By using fixtures which conserve water usage without compromising performance.

Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency can mean anything from trying to save 30% on your utilities bills to building a home that produces more energy than it consumes. We have the experience necessary to take energy efficiency as far as you want to go. One of our specialties is focusing on techniques which produce the highest results with the lowest cost outlay. We work with you towards the goals you want to achieve.

Building Science

Building Science is the study of how the whole house works as one system. This is perhaps the most important aspect of Green Building and the one understood least by most builders. Energy Efficient building can produce significant issues if not taken into consideration in the total design of the mechanical systems of the house. We specialize in understanding Building Science and work to ensure your home maintains a comfortable, healthy and safe environment.

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