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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.