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2017 Triangle Green Home Tour

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Apr 21, 2017 @ 11:04 AM

It's almost here - the 2017 Triangle Green Home Tour:

The Green Home Tour lasts two weekends this Spring,

April 29-30 and May 6-7

Open Hours Noon to 5 PM each day

 

We can't wait for the Triangle Green Home Tour, sponsored by the Home Builder's Association of Durham Orange and Chatham County.

Every Stanton Home, including our entry into the 2017 Triangle Green Home Tour, includes ecoSelect third party High Performance Home certification, standard. Read about our committment to energy efficient, 3rd party certified new homes - here.

 


Take a look inside our Green Home this year - and come see the craftsmanship and customer detail in person starting next weekend!

 

2017 Triangle Green Home Tour | Energy Efficient Home Builders

2017 Triangle Green Home Tour | Energy Efficient Home Builders

2017 Triangle Green Home Tour | Energy Efficient Home Builders

What is an eco-Select home certification?

ecoSelect is a Third Party Energy Certification that demonstrates energy efficiency in new homes.

The ecoSelect certification 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.

With ecoSelect, energy efficient technological and scientific advancements will be built-in, inspected, and qualified to make your home more comfortable, while lowering your energy costs.

It takes a lot to earn the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) designation held by ecoSelect certification: There are only six programs in the nation that qualify.

The certification includes:

Quality Assurance

High Performance Windows

Programmable Thermostats

High Efficiency HVAC

Advanced Air Sealing

Reduced Water Usage (Watersense Fixtures)

Energy Efficient Lighting


Energy Efficiency Features built in to each new High Performance Stanton Home include:

- LED Lighting

- Radiant barrier

- Advanced air sealing

- High Efficiency HVAC with premium MERV 8 Filters

- HERS Score and Certificate

 

According to the Home Builder's Association of Raleigh - Wake County,

"Featured homes on the Annual Green Home Tour, located throughout the Triangle, have the latest energy efficiency materials and green building trends.

The Annual Green Home Tour is held every spring. This tour is the premier annual event for people interested in Green building science, energy efficiency or the latest in green technologies in a new home or existing homes." Read more here.

 

Looking for New Home Builders in Raleigh NC? Get started with these resources:


 

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How much energy does an average home use? | Raleigh Green Home Builder Tips

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Apr 19, 2012 @ 08:04 AM

How much energy does an average American home use?

How Much Will I Spend on Electricity in North Carolina?

According to the Energy Information Administration of the U.S. Department of Energy:

In 2010, the average annual electricity consumption for a U.S. residential utility customer was 11,496 kWh, an average of 958 kilowatthours (kWh) per month.

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What does that mean, in practical terms?

North Carolina residents had an average monthly bill of $125.20, based on the 2010 census data and calculated as of November 2011. Read these facts on the EIA website, here.

For many homes, this may not factor in the cost of heating the home, as gas or propane run furnaces have been common for many years.

This also averages the cost for small apartments and large homes together, so may not be a full picture of the cost for a typical single family home. 

What Affects the Cost of Energy in a North Carolina Home?

 - A home's energy efficiency rating (efficient heating/cooling equipment, tight construction/ducts, high-performance windows, etc): new homes certified by programs like ENERGY STAR have guarenteed lower energy costs.

 - The size of a home: more square footage = more space to heat, cool, and seal.

 - The price of oil: oil prices not only affect the cost of heating your home if you have a gas furnace, but it also affects the cost of generating electricity.

 - State or Federal tax credits

 - Energy provider costs: Duke Energy and Progress Energy are two of the largest energy providers in North Carolina.

How can I save money on electricity in my new NC home?

Consider homes with energy saving measures like:

- Better construction practices (even a home that's 5 years old has been built to a much lower energy code than today's new homes, but overall efficiency still depends on the expertise of the home builder)

- Tankless or solar water heaters

- Spray foam insulation

- Superior Wall insulated wall panels in basements

- Energy Star rated lighting, light bulbs, and appliances

- Sealed Crawlspace

and many other ideas.

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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Learn How to Save 30-50% on Energy Costs | Green Building Techniques

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Apr 17, 2012 @ 11:04 AM

How Much Energy (and Money) Can Spray Foam Insulation Save?

How Much Does Icynene® Insulation Cost?

Icynene® insulation is one of the most effective insulation products on the market today. Icynene® is touted as saving homeowners 30-50% on energy costs - but also has a much higher price tag than standard fiberglass insulation.

Here are the benefits and costs of Icynene insulation, to help you decide whether you'd like to invest in this type of insulation in your Raleigh new home.

Learn How to Save 30-50% on Energy Costs | Green Building Techniques

What, Exactly, is Icynene® Insulation?

Icynene® is a low-density, open-cell, semi-flexible foam insulation. So what does that mean?

Low-Density: Icynene® insulation is very light weight. It is installed by spray, and expands up to 100 times it's original size before drying.

Open-Cell: Icynene® foam insulation is described as having a consistency similar to angel food cake or meringue. It is composed of many small "cells" that make it possible for the material to breathe.

Semi-Flexible: Icynene® foam insulation will not lose it's seal with the natural small movements within a structure. It is not rigid, and is designed to make small movements if necessary.

How is Icynene® Spray Foam Insulation Installed?Learn How to Save 30-50% on Energy Costs | Green Building Techniques

Icynene® is installed only by trained and licensed dealers. Liquid components are sprayed onto open walls, crawl spaces, or ceilings. The components expand within seconds to fill in all building cavities while sealing any cracks or crevices.

Icynene® is completely cured within just a few minutes.

Excess material is trimmed off so that drywall or other materials can be applied.

When Do I Need to Decide To Install Icynene® or Foam Insulation?

Before the framing stage.

Because Icynene® offers a very tight seal, some additional venting systems will usually be required, and need to be installed before the foam insulation.

Icynene® or other foam insulation is applied just before drywall stage, after framing. All plumbing, electrical, and HVAC rough ins should be complete, as well as all inspections.

How Effective is Icynene® Spray Foam Insulation?

Foam insulations generally offer twice the R value per inch thickness as standard fiberglass batt insulation. Manufacturers and installers say that installing Icynene will save 30-50% on energy costs. Not only that, the tight seal may mean that a smaller or less expensive heating and cooling system can be used.

Installing Icynene® insulation will also go very far towards getting ENERGY STAR or Green Building LEED certification.

Learn How to Save 30-50% on Energy Costs | Green Building TechniquesWhat About Sound and Water Barriers?

Icynene is touted as being an effective sound barrier, and noted as greatly reducing noises from outside the building while reducing echoes within it, particularly those of voices or stereo/tv.

Insulation is not normally installed in interior walls, but could be installed in a particular room for further sound reduction. For instance, installing insulation in the interior walls of the master suite could allow better sleep for a spouse who works night shifts and sleeps during the day.

Are there any harmful fumes or vapors?

Icynene® is safe for both the homeowner and the environment. It has been extensively tested in both Canada and the United States, and no VOCs were detected after 30 days. Icynene® is water-based, and does not produce formaldehyde, CFCs or HCFCs.

Not only that, Icynene is recommended for use in homes for many environmentally concerned or sensitive people. The Icynene Insulation System® has been selected as a product for use in American Lung Association Health House projects.

How Much Does Icynene Spray Foam Insulation Cost?Learn How to Save 30-50% on Energy Costs | Green Building Techniques

The total dollar amount will vary greatly depending on the square footage and footprint of the home. In general, this type of insulation costs 3-4 times a standard fiberglass batt insulation.

Another option? Some homeowners opt to install Icynene in just a few locations, like underneath the roof in the attic and around doors.

Who Installs Icynene Insulation in the Raleigh Area?

If you're completing a remodel project and would like to install Icynene foam insulation, there are a variety of local insulation businesses that offer their services. If you're building or buying a new home, talk to your builder directly about installing Icynene insulation.

Healthy Home Insulation, LLC.

Insulating Inc. 

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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5 Ways to Increase Resale Value | How to Choose a New Home

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Apr 02, 2012 @ 10:04 AM

5 Ways to Increase Resale Value - How to Choose a New Home that will Sell

Building a Home with Resale in Mind

When building a custom home, keep in mind how many years you plan to live in it. It may be important to balance your wish list with features that will gain you the highest resale value.

Here are the five best ways to increase the resale value of your new home, when custom building in central North Carolina:

1. Main Floor Master or One Story Floor Plans

5 Ways to Increase Resale Value | How to Beat the Housing Market

The most sought-after type of floor plan is a main floor master or one story home.

Main floor master homes are perfect for retirees with future mobility in mind, or empty nesters who no longer need to be next door to small children.

One story homes cost more per square foot than two story homes, but adding a basement or room or two upstairs (like a game room for the kids to hang out in) can help with the cost difference.

2. Open Island Kitchens and Homes with an Open Layout

5 Ways to Increase Resale Value | How to Beat the Housing Market

Open floor plan designs are extremely popular among homebuyers - and open kitchens with an island and eating bar can be a must for many families.

"Open floor plans" can mean different things to different homebuyers. 

A home with the kitchen open to breakfast and great room, 9 foot ceilings, archways, and fewer formal spaces can have a higher market value.

  

3. Plans with 3 or 4 bedrooms5 Ways to Increase Resale Value | How to Beat the Housing Market

Floor plans with three or four bedrooms are some of our most commonly searched for homes.

Two bedroom homes are hard to appraise, and hard to sell.  A four bedroom home is most often the starting point for home searches.

 

 

5 Ways to Increase Resale Value | How to Beat the Housing Market

 

 

 

With home offices becoming more common, a fourth bedroom gives homebuyers the flexibility they need as families grow and needs change.

 

 

 

4. Green Homes with Energy Saving Features

The new ENERGY STAR 3.0 requirements are now in place, and have placed ENERGY STAR homes at the front lines of energy efficiency, again.  

5 Ways to Increase Resale Value | How to Beat the Housing Market

ENERGY STAR and Green Certified Homes were found to have a statistically 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

 - Having spent fewer days on the market prior to sale

 

5 Ways to Increase Resale Value | How to Beat the Housing Market

The greater up-front cost of "going green" also pays off with:

 - Reduced energy bills

 - Reduced reliance on natural resources and greenhouse gas output

 - Savings through government incentives and energy company discounts

 - Healthier indoor air

 

5. Homes with Two Master Bedrooms

5 Ways to Increase Resale Value | How to Beat the Housing MarketA second master suite can add value to your investment.

Two master bedroom homes in high demand can contain:

 - A 2nd master bedroom

 - An in-law suite 

- A guest bedroom with attached private bathroom (especially a guest bedroom on first floor)

Each of these second master bedroom types will add instant resale value to your new home. And each can be designed to be very different, in reflection of lifestyles and preferences.

Read more about adding value to an NC custom home, in each of these related articles:

How Tall Should Ceilings Be for Best Resale Value?  

Open Concept Floor Plans - What does an "open floor plan" look like?

Main Floor Master Homes - Floor Plan Ideas

One Story Homes - Floor Plan Options 

Built-in Home Offices - What Features are Important to Homebuyers?

Energy Star Homes Sell for More

How Two Master Bedroom Homes are Worth More in the Market

 

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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:

Third Party Energy Certification

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Third Party Energy Certification
 

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