Why Coventry

Eco Smart Homes in Austin

Constructing energy efficient new homes in Austin is only the beginning for Coventry Homes. By meeting the stringent standards set by the U.S Green Building Council LEED for Homes Program, Coventry takes its building program to a completely different level, offering homes that are not only energy efficient, but also built to leave a smaller impact on the environment.

Presently, Coventry Homes is the only production homebuilder in Austin, Texas who constructs and provides homebuyers with LEED-certified homes in select communities, regardless of the price of the home!

LEED-Certified

Coventry builds LEED-certified homes throughout Austin, Texas. This environment friendly initiative requires homebuilders to follow strict mandates in order to construct high performance homes. The result is a high performance home that uses fewer natural resources, less energy, less water, and creates less waste, making it much more comfortable and healthier for occupants to live in. You can get more information about the LEED program by clicking the following link: http://www.greenhomeguide.com/know-how/article/leed-and-homes-video.

Efficiency Promise

Each home built by Coventry now qualifies for the Efficiency Promise Program entitling the homeowner for a two-year limited guarantee* on the energy used to heat and cool the home, learn more here: www.efficiencypromise.com.

* The energy used to heat and cool the home on an annual average will not exceed the guaranteed usage listed on the front of the limited guarantee subject to the terms of the limited guarantee. The energy usage is for the heating and cooling portion only of your energy bill and is calculated on the base plan for the floor plan design built. The base plan calculation and guarantee does not include any optional rooms or other modifications listed on the builder’s option addendum, which would alter the base plan size of the home purchased whether added by the builder or purchaser. Since this is a limited guarantee of energy usage and not cost, any reference to dollar amounts is strictly an estimate and actual costs will vary with the cost of energy. Learn more details at www.efficiencypromise.com.

Energy Savings

Homes built by Coventry are certified through the LEED for Homes program. Coventry Homes employs the following energy-saving building standards:

  • Coordination of transfer grills, return grills, and jump ducts in bedrooms, which allows for a balanced air pressure, and enables the HVAC system to perform as effectively as possible.
  • A “blower door test” is performed to check for air leakages, as they usually account for over 30% of the home’s conditioned air loss.
  • Custom HVAC unit and duct sizing that is based on the number of windows, and size of your home.
  • A 16 SEER A/C system, which is not only quieter, but it also requires a considerably less amount of energy to run.
  • Rafter baffles and vents are used to insulate your attic and keep it ventilated, which means that your home is more comfortable during summers and reduces humidity at all times.

Indoor Air Quality

Each home is equipped with mechanically controlled air intakes and 4-inch pleated high performance MERV 11 air filters, which ensures optimal air quality. To make sure every home meets the air quality goals, a thermal bypass inspection is performed on each Coventry home. This also includes a third-party analysis of the areas where air barriers are frequently missed, as well as an insulation inspection to make sure they are properly aligned with the air barriers.

This extra measure keeps the air and thermal barriers complete and continuous, therefore increasing the durability of the HVAC system, decreasing the amount of air infiltration, and not to mention, saving you some money.

Other indoor air quality features include:

  • Whole home mechanical ventilation: uses less energy while diluting indoor pollutants
  • Carbon monoxide and smoke sensors on each floor and outside of sleeping zones
  • Local exhaust in bathrooms and utility rooms

Water Efficiency

Numerous smart features are added by Coventry to improve water efficiency in your home. The most notable, a PEX plumbing system, which maintains water quality, is more energy efficient and results in reduced maintenance and greater reliability. 

Resource Efficiency

High-grade engineered lumber is used in the construction process whenever possible. Not only is it stronger and defect-free, but it also has the capability to support heavy loads over long time spans. Moreover, since less amount of lumber is required by this engineered product, fewer trees need to be cut down, which is more environmentally friendly and keeps waste to a minimum.

Cementitious and brick siding are used for the exterior cladding in order to decrease the air entering and escaping through the structure’s envelope.

Moisture Management

Proper moisture management protects your family’s health and increases the durability of your home significantly. Therefore, Coventry Homes places special emphasis on moisture management. A drainage plan is used to prevent water from infiltrating the wall, and all doors and windows of your home are equipped with proper flashing in order to prevent moisture and air leaks.

To minimize moisture even further, a vapor barrier is constructed beneath the foundation of the home, which not only manages moisture effectively, but also improves your home’s overall energy efficiency.

Verification

Each Coventry home receives numerous third party inspections and is regionally certified through Green Built Texas and internationally certified through the LEED for Homes Program.

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Our homes are carefully constructed following stringent Eco Smart standards. Not only are they suitable for a wide range of aesthetic tastes, but they also retain their curb appeal whilst being more environmentally responsible, healthier, and efficient. The bottom line is that when you buy from Coventry, you benefit from improved home comfort, increased resale value, long-term savings, and protection from ever-increasing energy costs.

 

Verified and Certified Green Home Building

A renowned green building certification system, Green Built Texas provides third party verifications to ensure homes are constructed with the aim of improving performance across several metrics. These include water efficiency, enhanced indoor environment quality, energy savings, and proper management of resources. This leads to the construction of homes that are environmentally responsible and energy efficient.

Eco Smart homes provide an overall healthier living environment. They are cost-efficient to maintain and operate and use natural resources efficiently. These homes are inspected for performance, which results in a healthier, cleaner, and more cost-efficient home for you and your family.

HVAC Unit and Duct Sizing

We incorporate energy efficiency into our homes because we know the outcome will be a top quality, healthy home. Due to this reason, each home built under the Eco Smart Program comes with its own heating and cooling system that is based on the size of the home, number of windows, and several other energy efficiency components like ventilation and insulation. We properly size the HVAC equipment according to the Manual J of the Air Conditioning Contractors of America.

Water Efficiency PEX Plumbing System

A PEX plumbing system maintains water quality, is more energy efficient and results in reduced maintenance and greater reliability. 

Programmable Thermostat

We control both the temperature and humidity levels in each home through the use of a programmable thermostat, providing greater energy savings and comfort to homeowners. Being programmable, it allows you the ability to control the temperature according to your desire and schedule.

Air Infiltration

All penetrations of floors and walls, as well as joints between building materials, are sealed with polyurethane caulk in order to reduce air infiltration.

Blower Door Test

Did you know that air leakage is responsible for more than 30% of a home’s heat loss? Unlike other homebuilders, we at Coventry perform a third party “blower door test” to identify and correct any air leaks around your home.

16 SEER A/C System

The A/C system requires less energy to run, is a lot more efficient, and has a higher Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. As a result, you benefit from a smaller carbon footprint, lower energy costs, and less noise.

Third Party Energy Inspections

Third party energy inspections are provided twice, during construction and when your home is complete, to show that your home is energy efficient. Inspection companies will thoroughly assess your home to ensure it meets all quality and energy efficiency standards.

Superior Insulation

R-38 flat ceiling and R-13 wall insulation ensure your home is both comfortable and energy-efficient.