Environments for Living

Our Environments for Living qualified homes are independently verified by a third-party Home Energy Rater to ensure they meet Environments for Living efficiency guidelines. Home Features are built to the specifications of the Environments for Living Programs – Gold Level!

Environments for Living - Gold Level

BETTER BUILT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AND BETTER FOR YOU

Benefits of owning one of our Environments for Living New Homes include:

Ecovaluation Plan Review A process of evaluating the energy, environmental and economic impact of the construction of a new home.
   
Tight Construction Special framing techniques such as continuous air barrier and air sealing of penetrations help reduce internal leaks and drafts.
   
Improved Thermal Systems Enhanced insulation techniques help to minimize voids and gaps, and higher thermal properties (R-value) add to energy efficiency.
   
Sealed Ducts Air sealing supply and return duct connections can help reduce internal leaks.
   
Low-E Windows Low "emissivity" windows have protective coatings to help keep heat in during winter and out during summer.
   
Right-sized HVAC "Right-sized" heating and coolings systems and sealed air ducts help equipment work efficiently. "Right-sized" refers to the process of determining which HVAC system should be used in any particular structure.
   
Internal Moisture Management Vents, pressure balancing, and fresh air ventilation work to reduce moisture in multiple ways.
   
Fresh Air Ventilation Fresh air ventilation systems deliver filtered fresh air at a minimum rate of 7.5 cubic feet per minute per person plus .01 cubic feet per minute per square foot of conditioned area, to help reduce dust, odors and indoor contaminants.
   
Combustion Safety Combustion appliances in conditioned spaces are sealed or power-vented to help avoid build-up of carbon monoxide, and vent-free fireplaces are not allowed. Carbon monoxide detectors are required in all homes.
   
Air Pressure Balancing Balanced air pressure throughout the home results in more even temperatures and reduces the potential for condensation build-up.
   
Testing Protocol Program testing requirements for air tightness, duct tightness, and pressure balancing.
   
Limited Heating and Cooling Energy Use Guarantee  Relates to the amount of energy required to heat and cool your home.
   
Limited Comfort Guarantee Relates to your ability to maintain an even temperature throughout your house.
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