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Now Included with Every Home - Verified Energy Savings

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Dec 27, 2012 @ 06:12 AM

Raleigh Custom Home Builder now includes ecoSelect Certification

Raleigh custom home builder Stanton Homes is now offering full ecoSelect certification in every custom home that the company designs and builds.

ecoSelect Third Party Energy Certification –

The ecoSelect certification in your new home indicates that the construction is designed to provide higher levels of energy efficiency, per the national HERS index, with better indoor air quality and water efficiency than standard new homes.  We're not afraid to have third party inspectors check our homes carefully, for your piece of mind and long term value.  Learn more about new homes with lower energy costs, here.

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We are very pleased to offer ecoSelect to our custom homebuyers as a standard feature,” said Stan Williams, CEO of Stanton Homes. “Certification from ecoSelect provides additional assurance that your custom Stanton Home will be extremely energy efficient, with more comfort and lower energy bills.”

The ecoSelect program was developed by Morrisville-based Southern Energy Management (SEM), a leader in the solar and energy efficiency industry with more than 10 years of experience in green building.

The program is endorsed by the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) as one of only six “RESNET EnergySmart Programs” in the nation.

Raleigh custom  home builder Stanton Homes - Brogan“By including ecoSelect as a standard feature in all of its custom homes Stanton Homes is further demonstrating to its customers their commitment to energy efficiency and quality assurance, certified by third party experts,” said SEM Building Performance Project Coordinator Sam Burner. “These measures will go a long way in ensuring homeowners that their new homes have very high standards – and that they’ll save on energy bills, too.”

 

The ecoSelect program uses the nationally recognized Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index established by RESNET.

Certified raters score every home on a variable scale, with a score of zero representing a home that uses no energy, 100 being equivalent to a home built to the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code, and 130-150 being a typical home built 10-15 years ago.

Raleigh new home - modern kitchenVisual inspections combined with blower door and HVAC system duct leakage tests by an outside third party confirm that the home is healthy, comfortable and efficient. A home with a HERS score of 75 is 25% more efficient than a home with a HERS score of 100, and twice as efficient as a home with a HERS score of 150.

The average ecoSelect earns a HERS score of 75 or lower, and each score is paired with a set of common sense efficiency upgrades like advanced air sealing, programmable thermostats and WaterSense water fixtures.


“One of our favorite features of ecoSelect is that it gives us the freedom to meet requirements in the most cost-effective way for our specific local climate conditions,” said Williams. “With this certified system, we implement energy saving initiatives that are appropriate to North Carolina – not North Dakota.”

Since ecoSelect’s official launch in mid-2012, more than 250 homes across North Carolina have already earned certification.  Details of the ecoSelect program can be found at www.stantonhomes.com/ecoHOME.aspx, which helps homebuyers understand the benefits of purchasing and living in an energy efficient new home.

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About Stanton Homes
Stanton Homes builds extraordinary custom homes across central North Carolina, on our lot or yours, with outstanding craftsmanship, top quality materials, and a Price Match Guarantee. Our industry experts will help you find, modify or design a custom home you’ll love to live in, with free initial design services.  Stanton Homes is an industry-leading builder of traditional, universal design, fully accessible, certified green, geothermal and energy saving homes – with some of the best guarantees in the business. Contact us at 919-278-8070 or visit www.StantonHomes.com.


About Southern Energy Management
Southern Energy Management is a North Carolina-based sustainable energy company offering energy efficiency, green building and turn-key solar services for homeowners, builders, and business owners across the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. A certified B Corp, SEM's two-part mission is to improve the way people make and use energy and to build a prosperous company that supports people and the planet. SEM was founded in a living room in Raleigh in 2001, and is now consistently recognized as an industry leader both locally and nationally. Its ecoSelect program won the 2012 Triangle Business Journal Clean & Green Award for Entrepreneurial Effort/Innovation Idea. SEM is among a small handful of companies in the U.S. to earn the national 2012 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award for being named Partner of the Year six consecutive times. SEM was named a CED NC Company to Watch in 2011 and received the 2011 City of Raleigh Environmental Stewardship. For more information, visit www.southern-energy.com.

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Recycled Glass Countertops | Photos of NC Green Home Features

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Mar 19, 2012 @ 09:03 AM

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Certified Green Home with Recycled Glass Countertops

This version of the "Almodovar" certified Green home includes:

 - 3003 square feet with 4 bedrooms and 2.5 bathroomsNC Green Homes | Certified Green Home Builders

 - One story floor plan with vaulted great room

 - Bamboo hardwood flooring throughout

 - Kitchen with arched opening to great room

 - Master suite with vaulted trey ceiling, walk-in closet, luxurious bathroom with soaking tub, large tile shower, plenty of storage

Recycled Glass Countertops | NC Green Homes

 

One green home feature that makes this custom design stand out is the recycled glass kitchen countertops - in "Crystal Sand" color.

Recycled glass countertops rate above granite in cost per sq ft, but offer a unique appeal and very hard surface. 

Recycled glass countertops are:

  • non-porous
  • resistant to stains and bacteria
  • sustainable

ecoSelect Third Party Energy Certification –

The ecoSelect certification in your new home indicates that the construction is designed to provide higher levels of energy efficiency, per the national HERS index, with better indoor air quality and water efficiency than standard new homes.  We're not afraid to have third party inspectors check our homes carefully, for your piece of mind and long term value.  Learn more about new homes with lower energy costs, here.

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Why Build an ENERGY STAR Home? Sell Faster, Recoup Investment

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Dec 28, 2011 @ 13:12 PM

ENERGY STAR Qualified Homes Sell Faster, at a Higher Price

North Carolina Energy Efficiency Alliance - ENERGY STAR Qualified Home Study Results

Third Party Energy Certification

Homebuyers may be hesitant to build an ENERGY STAR home - the initial cost is about 1% more than a standard home.

But the monthly energy cost savings (through reduced energy needs, government incentives, and energy company discounts), increases in comfort, benefits to the environment, and home loan incentives are helping homebuyers across the nation make the decision to go ENERGY STAR.

Now, you have a new reason to build ENERGY STAR: statistically significant market advantages.

The North Carolina Energy Efficiency Alliance (NCEEA) recentlly completed a study investigating the market advantages of ENERGY STAR qualification for new homes around the greater Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina.

The study analyzed Triangle MLS homes, including:

  • A random sample of ENERGY STAR Homes
  • A random sample of homes with no building certifications (with similar third party appraisal values)

ENERGY STAR Homes were found to have a significant market advantage, compared to similar code-built, uncertified homes, in each of these categories:

  • Selling for a higher sale price
  • Selling for a higher price per square foot, or
  • Having spent fewer days on the market prior to sale. 

While ENERGY STAR homes also sold for a greater proportion of their list price, these results of the study were not found to be statistically significant.

No matter when you're planning to move again, having a home that's easy to sell when the time comes will make a big difference.

The Benefits of an ENERGY STAR Qualified Home

Here is a summary of the study's results:

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Stanton Homes is an ENERGY STAR Qualified custom home builder, and will work with you to incorporate all of the energy saving features you’re looking for.

Read the entire NCEEA ENERGY STAR Home study here.

ecoSelect Third Party Energy Certification –

The ecoSelect certification in your new home indicates that the construction is designed to provide higher levels of energy efficiency, per the national HERS index, with better indoor air quality and water efficiency than standard new homes.  We're not afraid to have third party inspectors check our homes carefully, for your piece of mind and long term value.  Learn more about new homes with lower energy costs, here.

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Why Certified Green Homes Use Fewer Resources - Designing Your Home

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Jan 24, 2011 @ 12:01 PM
 

Designing Your New Green Home Floorplan for Maximum Efficiency

Easy Ways to Make Any Home More Efficient

If you're considering building or buying a new green certified home in the Raleigh area, you'll want to know what, exactly,Raleigh Green Homes | NC Green Home Builders a "certified green home" means!

To make the grade, your new Raleigh green home must be evaluated in six different aspects of construction: Lot Design, Resource Efficiency, Energy Efficiency, Water Efficiency, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Operation/Maintanence. 

How Does Resource Efficiency work, when designing your floor plan?

Every home is just a little different, but with a little effort, nearly any home can be certified green built.  A home is certified green when a minimum number of points are earned in each of the six categories.  The "green points" earned by your Raleigh green home builder will vary, depending on the type of site, location, type of home, budget, and your own priorities. 

Here's how resource efficiency can affect the design of your new certified green home.

Size of Home -

The NAHB Research Center national survey has determined average home size, broken down by number of bedrooms.

  • 2 Bedrooms = 1,382 sq ft
  • 3 Bedrooms = 1,890 sq ft
  • 4 Bedrooms = 2,648 sq ft
  • 5+ Bedrooms = 3,424 sq ft

Your new green home will earn points towards green home certification if the total heated square footage is below these averages. 

For example, a 4 bedroom home at 2555 sq ft earns 1 point, while a 2267 sq ft four bedroom home earns 4 points towards green home certification.

Layout of Home:

There are many ways a home can be designed for better efficiency.  Here are some of the methods your builder can use to maximize the use of resources without changing the overall size of the home.

  • One side of a window or door opening is at a regular 16" or 24" stud position.
  • Modular (standard) window sizes are used, with both side studs located at normal 16" or 24" stud positions.
  • The building width is evenly divisible by four feet in the direction parallel to the primary joist span.
  • The building length is evenly divisible by two feet in the direction perpendicular to the primary joist span.

These are just a few of the ways any home can be designed and built in a more efficient manner.

Certified green homes must meet specific guidelines, and must be inspected by third party verifiers.  However, the attributes for each green home will vary, due to site conditions, budget, and level of green certification desired.

There are four basic levels of certification through the NAHB Green Building program: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Emerald.

Buying a Raleigh Green Home?

Ask the seller or builder to provide you with the green home certificate.  This certificate is issued upon completion of the home, and will specify the level of the certification.

Building a Raleigh Green Home?

Discuss your green building priorities with your NC green home builder.  They will help you determine which level of green building certification best meets your budget and desires.  If you opt for a certified green home, you'll receive an official certificate from a third party verifier like the NAHB upon completion of your new Raleigh NC green home.

ecoSelect Third Party Energy Certification –

The ecoSelect certification in your new home indicates that the construction is designed to provide higher levels of energy efficiency, per the national HERS index, with better indoor air quality and water efficiency than standard new homes.  We're not afraid to have third party inspectors check our homes carefully, for your piece of mind and long term value.  Learn more about new homes with lower energy costs, here.

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How Your Lot Can Make Your New Home Greener | Raleigh Green Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Dec 13, 2010 @ 09:12 AM

How Lot Design and Development Can Make Your New Home Greener

Tips for Certified Raleigh Green Homes

If you're considering building or buying a new green certified home in the Raleigh area, you'll want to know what, exactly,Raleigh Green Homes | NC Green Home Builders a "certified green home" means!

To make the grade, your new Raleigh green home must be evaluated in six different aspects of construction: Lot Design, Resource Efficiency, Energy Efficiency, Water Efficiency, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Operation/Maintanence. 

How Does Lot Design, Preparation and Development work?

Every lot is just a little different.  The "points" earned by your Raleigh green home builder will vary, depending on the type of site, location, type of home, budget, and your own priorities.  Here are some factors that may be considered.

Lot Selection - Is your new home lot within 5 miles of a mass transit station with parking?  Is it an infill lot?  Are community resources within walking distance?

Lot Design: Natural Resources - Does the on site supervisor have training in natural resource protection? 

Lot Design: Slope Disturbance - Is slope disturbance minimized?  Are steep slopes avoided?  Are driveways aligned with natural topography? 

Lot Design: Soil Disturbance and Erosion - Are construction activities scheduled to minimize length of time soils are exposed?  Are clearing and grading limits clearly marked on the site plan?

Lot Design: Storm Water Management - Are permeable materials considered for driveways, walkways and patios?  Is a rain garden a possibility? Are natural water and drainage features preserved?

Lot Design: Landscape Plan - Are grasses and plants chosen that are native or regionally appropriate?  Is the amount of grass (turf) limited?  Are plants with similar watering needs grouped together?  Are tree trimmings used to provide mulch, and cleared trees recycled as sawn lumber or mulch?

Lot Construction - Are limits of clearing and grading staked out?  Is topsoil stockpiled and stabilized for later use?  Is on-site supervision present during clearing, grading, trenching, etc to ensure green development practices are implemented?

Innovative Practices - Are driveways or parking areas shared between homes?  Is a light colored hardscape used?

Certified green homes must meet specific guidelines, and must be inspected by third party verifiers.  However, the attributes for each green home will vary, due to site conditions, budget, and level of green certification desired.

There are four basic levels of certification through the NAHB Green Building program: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Emerald.

Buying a Raleigh Green Home?

Ask the seller or builder to provide you with the green home certificate.  This certificate is issued upon completion of the home, and will specify the level of the certification.

Building a Raleigh Green Home?

Discuss your green building priorities with your NC green home builder.  They will help you determine which level of green building certification best meets your budget and desires.  If you opt for a certified green home, you'll receive an official certificate from a third party verifier like the NAHB upon completion of your new Raleigh NC green home.

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"Most Wanted" Green Home Building Tips from Raleigh's Green Builders

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Dec 07, 2010 @ 06:12 AM

Top 5 Hottest Green Home Building Topics

Green Builders in Raleigh Share Most Requested Green Trends

If you're considering a home with green or energy saving features, you won't want to miss these articles. 

Learn about solar power cost, indoor air quality, rainwater collection and more - these are the questions that Raleigh's green home builders are answering most often.

Green Home Builders Raleigh1.  How Much Does it Cost to Add Solar to My Home?

What’s it cost to include solar power in a new green built home in the Raleigh area?  

Like everything you build into a Raleigh green home, it depends on how much you’re asking it to accomplish.

2.  How can a green home have cleaner, higher quality indoor air?

On average, people in our nation spend about 90% of their time indoors, with the majority of that time spent in the home. 

Here's how green home builders in Raleigh can make sure your home is healthier

3.  What's the difference between Bronze, Silver, and Gold certifications?

If you're considering a certified green home, your green builders in Raleigh will provide you with a certificate.  But what does Bronze, Silver, or Gold really mean, and which is best for you? 

4.  How do rainwater collection systems work?

Check out this video from the experts at Rainwater Solutions. 

Rainwater collection is not required for a green built home, but can be a great way to irrigate while reducing runoff.

5. What green home features are requested most often?

Everywhere you look, someone is touting "green" these days.  But what green features are homebuyers really after, and which pay off?

Learn about the green home features that Raleigh's green builders are working with most often, and decide if they're right for you.

 

ecoSelect Third Party Energy Certification –

The ecoSelect certification in your new home indicates that the construction is designed to provide higher levels of energy efficiency, per the national HERS index, with better indoor air quality and water efficiency than standard new homes.  We're not afraid to have third party inspectors check our homes carefully, for your piece of mind and long term value.  Learn more about new homes with lower energy costs, here.

 

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How Many Green Points Do You Need? | Green Home Builders Raleigh

Posted by Penn Hull on Thu, Nov 11, 2010 @ 08:11 AM

How does Green Home Certification Work?

Green Home Builders Raleigh

If you're considering building or buying a new green certified home in the Raleigh area, you'll want to have a basic understanding of what, exactly, a "certified green home" means!

Certified green homes must meet specific guidelines, and must be inspected by third party verifiers. 

There are four basic levels of certification through the NAHB Green Building program: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Emerald.

If you choose to have a certified green home, your green home builder will be able to provide a physical certificate showing which level your new Raleigh green home has been certified at.

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Green Home Certificate Basics:

Each certified green home must meet minimum standards in six different aspects of construction: Lot Design, Resource Efficiency, Energy Efficiency, Water Efficiency, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Operation/Maintanence. 

Green Home Certification - What Color is Your Home?

Your new NAHB certified green home should meet one of the following standards:

Bronze Level - this is the most basic green home certification through the NAHB Green Building program.  A total of 222 points are required.

Silver Level - a Silver Level home must "earn" an additional 184 points to meet this higher certification level.  A Silver Level green certified home has significantly more features throughout the home that meet higher standards.

Gold Level - a Gold Level green certified home must earn nearly 2.5 times the number of points that a Bronze Level green certified home is required to earn.   Gold Level green certified homes are very rare, and are usually at the very high end of the budget.

Emerald Level - an Emerald Level green certified home has maximum green technology.  An Emerald Level home requires very specific planning throughout every step of the process, and this certification can only be obtained on certain sites, depending on the site requirements.

Buying a Raleigh Green Home?

Ask the seller to provide you with the green home certificate.  This certificate is issued upon completion of the home, and will specify the level of the certification.

Building a Raleigh Green Home?

Discuss your green building priorities with your green home builder.  They will help you determine which level of green building certification best meets your budget and desires.  If you opt for a certified green home, you'll receive an official certificate from a third party verifier like the NAHB upon completion of your new Raleigh green home.

ecoSelect Third Party Energy Certification –

The ecoSelect certification in your new home indicates that the construction is designed to provide higher levels of energy efficiency, per the national HERS index, with better indoor air quality and water efficiency than standard new homes.  We're not afraid to have third party inspectors check our homes carefully, for your piece of mind and long term value.  Learn more about new homes with lower energy costs, here.

 

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