As an award-winning Connecticut custom home building company, Country Club Homes, Inc. is continuing the fifty-seven year old family tradition of building high-quality homes that are carefully designed to meet the needs of homeowners in Fairfield County. With our current economic climate of ever-increasing energy costs, we now face as great a need as ever for homes that utilize green principles.
In our three part series of posts on the subject of Fairfield County green home building strategies, we cover two other topics on the Blog in posts #1 and #3 of the series:
Fairfield County Green Home Building Strategy #1 – Passive Solar
Fairfield County Green Home Building Strategy #3 – Building Envelope & Air Quality
In today’s post, we will discuss the following two subjects: environmentally-friendly home building materials; and heating and cooling systems that improve energy efficiency, referencing an excellent BHG.com article.
Environmentally-friendly Home Building Materials -- Using environmentally-friendly home building materials is a foundational green building principle. Examples of some of the products include:
- Recycled products such as rubber and polymer roofing that imitates slate to reduce weight and maintenance; and durable blended recycled glass and concrete countertops, backsplashes, shower surrounds, walls, and floors.
- Lumber materials including fast-growing bamboo for beautiful, durable flooring; and non-toxic exterior grade lumber.
- Coatings such as low air-polluting volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
- Other home products including a wide variety of insulation types, Low-E windows which insulate and maintain interior temperatures while blocking ultraviolet light, and effective exhaust fans to remove "stale air" will be covered in our next post in the series: Fairfield County Green Home Building Strategy #3 – Building Envelope & Air Quality.
Heating and Cooling Systems That Improve Energy-Efficiency – Another major strategic approach to saving resources and protecting the environment is utilizing air and water heating and cooling systems that improve energy efficiency and ultimately lower the cost of running Connecticut homes. Example systems are:
- Gas furnaces with efficiency ratings in the upper 90% range with variable speed air-handlers
- Programmable thermostats
- On-demand tankless water heaters
- Solar home power systems utilizing photovoltaic panels, and much more!
Country Club Homes, Inc. is committed to green building – designing environmentally sensitive custom new homes and home remodeling projects that incorporate energy efficient home building materials; and heating and cooling systems.
If you are planning a custom new home, or home remodeling work, and are seeking Fairfield County architectural design and construction services that incorporate green design, please contact Country Club Homes, Inc. website by telephone at 203-762-0550.
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