Construction Best Practices

Our best value construction practices are based on proven building science principles accepted by Energy Star®, the Department of Energy, and professional building associations.

These practices guarantee our homes will surpass traditionally built homes in structure, durability, performance, and comfort. This saves homeowners money every month on utility bills. 

A partial list of our best practices includes the following:

Design

  • Individual building site assessment to identify solar south and best placement of your home to minimize excavation and incorporate natural features and existing plants
  • Custom design services starting from scratch or from existing plans
  • Passive solar orientation to capture free energy from the sun and provide healthy, natural day lighting
  • Home-For-Life features that include placing all essential rooms on one floor and giving barrier-free access to all living spaces

Communication

  • Complete, detailed construction drawings provided to homeowners, sub-contractors, banks, and permit officials
  • Specifications list for appliances and mechanicals that meet Energy Star® standards
  • Project binder containing material and equipment specification sheets and warranty information created for every home
  • Personalized after-move-in orientation to explain the proper operation of HVAC and other systems

Structure

  • Engineered specifications for rebar reinforcement to guarantee the structural integrity of footings, foundation walls, and slab
  • Engineered roof and floor trusses with metal ties enable home to withstand severe weather wind shear
  • Insulated concrete forms (ICFs) to insulate the foundation, crawl space and/or basement and control moisture, odors, and mold
  • Spray foam insulation provides air sealing of ALL cracks and penetrations
  • High-performance windows carry a 20-year warranty on glass
  • Insulated exterior doors with adjustable sills resist decay and ensure proper fit and long lasting performance
  • Ice House Roof® saves up to 46% on your summer cooling bills
  • Safe rooms built to FEMA standards
     

Indoor Air Quality

  • Energy recovery ventilators ensure healthy indoor air quality and help control moisture and mold
  • Electrically operated skylights provide flow through ventilation and natural daylighting
  • ‘Right sized’ heating and air conditioning systems reduce costs of often over-sized systems

Maintenance

  • Low maintenance exterior materials include fire-resistant cement board siding
  • Rigid vinyl soffit, aluminum fascia, and composite trim eliminate need for painting
  • Recycled composite decking resists shrinkage, fading, and warping
     

Renewable Energy Options

  • SRCC Certified solar water heater reduces water heating bills by up to 85%
  • Solar electric (PV) systems generate on-site electricity
  • Option to pre-wire the home to add solar later

 

Guaranteed Performance

  • A Home Energy Rating Service (HERS) inspection after insulation is installed to confirm building envelope integrity
  • Final HERS inspection after the home is occupied to certify it meets Energy Star® performance standards
  • Limited 10-year home structure warranty