Housewright Builders

EastApplying Modern Systems to Traditional Detail

Housewright builders believe in building an ecologically-friendly home that reduces long-term energy consumption and is not in conflict with the beauty of its surroundings.

Eco-Friendly Practices – a collection of incremental improvements

Lot Design, Preparation, and Development

  • Work with the topography of the site to reduce environmental impact.
  • Design the site to conserve landscape and natural resources.
  • Design effective storm water management and water harvesting systems.
  • Design the building’s orientation and landscaping to improve passive solar heating and convective cooling.

Resource Efficiency

  • Use advanced framing techniques.
  • Use pre-cut or pre-assembled building components.
  • Reuse salvaged and/or recycled materials.
  • Use Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or other 3rd party certified wood products.
  • Sort and recycle on-site building materials.

Energy Efficiency

  • Size heating and cooling system(s) appropriately.
  • Consider split system heat pumps.
  • Use highly efficient Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) or spray foam insulation.
  • Insulate all exterior headers, corners, band joists and caulk or foam framing gaps.
  • Use tankless water heaters.
  • Use Energy Star appliances, and lighting fixtures with LED bulbs.
  • Consider solar electric power (photovoltaic).

Water Efficiency

  • Use low-flow water fixtures and toilets.
  • Collect rainwater for reuse on landscaping.

Indoor Environmental Quality

  • Ensure tight seals between garage and living area.
  • Design for isolated mechanical room.
  • Provide mechanical ventilation and/or humidification controls.
  • Consider heat recovery ventilators (HRV) or energy recovery ventilators (ERV).
  • Use timed exhaust fans for high moisture areas.
  • Install direct-vent or sealed-combustion gas fireplaces.
  • Use low-VOC paints, finishes and wallpapers.
  • Use low-formaldehyde plywood and fiberboard.

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