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.
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.
Programmable Thermostat Combination Humidistat
Because of excessive humidity in the Houston Metropolitan area, we control both the temperature and humidity levels in each home through the use of a temperature and humidity thermostat, providing greater energy savings and comfort. Being programmable, you control the temperature and humidity levels according to your schedule at home to dramatically lower your energy costs.
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.
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.
16 SEER A/C System
By properly sizing and matching the evaporator coil to the condensing unit, our homes deliver an air conditioning system rated at 16 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 ceiling insulation in flat attic spaces exceeding the minimum standards of the Energy Star program.
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.
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. James Hardie masonry siding has a 30-year transferable warranty. Soffit and fascia have a 15-year warranty. All three help prevent rotting and mildew from weather as well as lowering maintenance.
State-of-the-art CAT5E and RG6 advanced wiring for communications and home entertainment on all phone lines.
Fully installed alarm system with optional monitoring for added peace of mind.
FlowGuard Gold® plumbing system maintains water quality, is more energy efficient and results in reduced maintenance and greater reliability.
Solvent-free powder technology reduces volatile organic compounds.
Mildew resistant paint ensures less exterior maintenance.