Turning your blueprints into ‘green’ prints!
What is ‘green’ building? Well, green building principles have many ‘shades’. Those ‘shades’ can include: clients who strive to be ‘off-the-grid’ to those who want to incorporate energy efficient appliances into their existing homes and any combination in between. Here at Hayward & Company we are here to assist you with incorporating as many green building principles into your new construction project as you desire.
What does ‘green’ mean to us?
First and foremost, it means constructing an energy-efficient home shell with energy-efficient windows and doors. Conservation of the energy put into the home for heating and cooling is a major step.
Secondly, we utilize High Performance Home (HPH) techniques when constructing your new structure. HPH components work together to maintain home health as well as improve overall comfort and efficiency. Here are some HPH components:
- Tight thermal envelope – ‘build tight and ventilate right’! Our use of Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs) and Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) provide our clients with just that.
- Solar-smart design – one of personal favorites! Obtain free solar gain with proper home design and orientation. Check out www.sunplans.com for some beautiful ideas!
- Energy efficient heating and cooling systems – Yes, you can still use a fossil driven system in a ‘green’ house but with a tight thermal envelope and Energy Star© rated mechanical systems you will be conserving more of the energy you are putting into the structure.
- Indoor air quality – Proper ventilation eliminates mold, allergens and pollutants from your home.
- Water management – A simple on-demand hot-water heater can reduce energy consumption and subsurface irrigation systems save water by ‘dripping’ it at the root level instead of spraying it into the air.
- Energy-efficient lighting, appliances, and green products – These are limitless choices which are easy and relatively inexpensive to implement.
Thirdly, smart design and planning blends it all together and creates a structure which has low operational costs, is comfortable year round and improves the global environment for generations.
So what’s your ‘shade’ of green? Let us know!
Hayward & Company has partnered with the Energy Star© Program to promote energy efficiency in our traditional log homes and hybrid post & beams.
Hayward & Company has joined the Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH) and is dedicated to accelerating the development and use of technologies that radically improve the quality, durability, energy efficiency, environmental performance, and affordability of America’s housing.
Hayward & Company has partnered with the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) the Northeast’s leading organization of professionals working in sustainable energy, whole-systems thinking and green technologies. NESEA advances the adoption and practical application of sustainable, low carbon energy practices. NESEA accomplishes this through a number of ongoing programs and annual events.