Why Coventry

Eco Smart Homes for Sale in Houston

The construction of energy efficient new homes in Houston is only the first step for Coventry Homes. Our building program is taken to the next level by meeting the strict mandates set by the Environments for Living® (EFL) Program.

This means that when you buy a new home from Coventry Homes, not only do you benefit from the highest levels of energy efficiency, but at the same time, you also leave a smaller impact on the environment.

Energy Savings

Each home built by Coventry Homes is Environments for Living® certified, which is an initiative that goes 10% beyond the International Energy Conservation Code required by the State of Texas. On an average, homes built by Coventry are almost 50% more efficient as compared to those built earlier than 2000. The energy-saving building standards employed by Coventry Homes are as follows:

  • A barrier is created between indoor and outdoor air temperatures using an R-38 ceiling insulation in flat areas, which in turn provides your home with great energy savings.
  • Customized duct sizing and HVAC unit, based on the amount of windows as well as the size of the home.
  • A high efficiency A/C system that is quieter, as well as energy efficient, because it requires a considerably less amount of energy to run.
  • Soffit and roof ridge ventilation keeps your attic well ventilated, which in turn minimizes humidity and makes the home more comfortable during both summers and winters.

Energy Usage/Comfort Guarantee

The energy efficiency program by Environments for Living® has been specifically designed to determine the amount of energy your home will require for heating and cooling, and provide comfort through a three-year limited guarantee for energy usage.

Home Energy Rating System

Using a nationally accepted “Home Energy Rating System,” we conduct an analysis of our homes construction and energy efficiency to determine the amount of energy needed for heating and cooling your home. The lower the score, the less energy is required to heat and cool your home. Our Eco Smart energy efficiency program delivers one of the lowest energy usage scores available.

Indoor Air Quality

You’ll breathe easier knowing that your home is outfitted with 5-inch pleated high performance MERV 11 air filters that incorporate many of the best in air filtration technologies for higher indoor air quality. However, to ensure optimum air quality even further, each home goes through a thermal bypass assessment, which 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.

Resource Efficiency

Coventry uses engineered lumber for the construction of the house’s wall and floor structures whenever it is applicable, therefore adding value to the construction. That is because engineered lumber is not only defect-free, but also stronger, and can bear heavy loads for long spans of time. Additionally, since these products require less lumber to be produced, waste is kept to a minimum, meaning fewer trees to be cut down.

Verification

Homes built by Coventry are RESNET and EPA certified. Coventry also actively participates in the Quality Assurance program by RESNET, which through third-party reviews certifies homes. Moreover, each home is built following the strict standards of the Department of Energy Builder’s Challenge as well as Environments for Living® program, which ensures that you get a home that will last you for generations to come!

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Environments for Living® Certified

Recognized for energy efficiency and environmental sensitivity, each Eco Smart home is Environments for Living® certified with a written 3-year comfort and projected heating and cooling costs guarantee.


Every Home Individually Tested

Air leakage accounts for 1/3 of a home’s heating or cooling loss. Unlike other builders, the air ducts and building envelope of every home is individually inspected and tested for air leakage by an independent inspection firm to assure your home meets stringent energy efficiency and quality standards.


Home Energy Rating System (HERS)

Using a nationally accepted “Home Energy Rating System,” we conduct an analysis of our homes construction and energy efficiency to determine the amount of energy needed for heating and cooling your home. The lower the score, the less energy is required to heat and cool your home. Our Eco Smart energy efficiency program delivers one of the lowest energy usage scores available; even lower than Energy Star.

Blower Door Test

Realizing that more than 30% of a home’s heat loss is due to air leakages, we use a third-party to analyze your home for air leaks through a “blower door test.” 


HVAC Unit and Duct Sizing

Each home in our Eco Smart Program has its own AC/Heating blueprint based on the number and size of windows, size of home, and other energy efficiency components such as insulation, ventilation, and equipment efficiency ratings. Based on all components working together as a system, we properly size the HVAC equipment using the acceptable industry standard Manual J according to the Air Conditioning Contractors of America and EPA standards.

Water Efficiency

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


Energy Star Rated Appliances

Energy efficiency doesn’t stop with heating and cooling. To help maximize the energy savings for your home, Energy Star rated dishwashers, light fixtures, and ceiling fans are included to provide some of the highest levels of energy efficiency available today.


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.


Roof Ridge and Soffit Ventilation

A well-ventilated attic keeps your home more comfortable in summer and guards against moist, heated air building up in winter. To optimize circulation and heat displacement, our homes are designed with a soffit and ridge ventilation system with baffles above soffit vents to prevent a decrease in available air flow.


High Efficiency A/C System

By properly sizing and matching the evaporator coil to the condensing unit, our homes deliver an air conditioning system rated at at a high SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating).


R-38 Ceiling Insulation

The barrier between the outdoor and indoor air temperature provides some of the greatest energy savings in a home. That’s why we install R-38 insulation in flat attic spaces.


Air Infiltration

To ensure a healthier indoor environment, we seal all plumbing, electrical, and other penetrations of walls and floors, as well as joints between building material, with polyurethane caulk to reduce air infiltration.

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


Construction/Exterior

We conduct several inspections throughout the construction process to ensure consistent quality standards and your peace of mind. An independent, third party inspector performs detailed inspections of the foundation (before and during the placement of concrete), structural frame, water intrusion (moisture prevention), air conditioning, heating, plumbing, and electrical. The inspector also performs the following inspections: insulation and attic ventilation, windstorm inspection, engineered floor joist system, final cosmetic appearance and the operation of mechanical systems and appliances. Every home site is surveyed for proper drainage. Additional municipal inspections are conducted where required. Cementitious siding, soffit, and fascia have a 15-year warranty. All three help prevent rotting and mildew from weather as well as lowering maintenance.