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When planning a construction project, one of the first decisions you might consider is how to incorporate green building practices into your project. Green building strategies help to make life in your home more comfortable and healthy, lower the cost to heat and cool your home by making it more efficient, and to conserve resources for future generations. JCDM Home Builders, when ever possible, is committed to green design. We have completed several projects that unite an award-winning design aesthetics with the latest innovations in green building to. Our Division Manager, Douglas G. Ferguson, is a Certified Green Professional who can expertly guide you through this decision-making process.
What is Green?
First, we define what "green" really means in green design and green building. Green building is a comprehensive approach that:
During each stage of your project, your JCDM Home Builders team will advise you on appropriate ways to integrate green components. We'll help you choose which are right for your home and your family.
- Conserves natural resources.
- Uses water and energy wisely for long-term savings.
- Uses healthy products and incorporates sustainable materials.
- Improves indoor environmental quality.
- Builds high quality, durable structures.
- Reduces and recycles construction and demolition waste.
- Facilitates ease of responsible use and maintenance.
- Creates livable, vibrant communities.
A building’s shape and orientation, including roof style and overhang details, can be designed to respond to sun angles for passive solar design and to the home’s location so that the prevailing breezes can assist in natural ventilation..
Using correct dimensional planning, for material efficiency, leads to reduced building costs and less material waste sent to landfills. Since most building materials come in even dimensions, your projects outside dimensions should always be an even number when ever possible. Almost all sheathing and drywall materials are 4 feet wide. Having your dimensions in increments of four; helps keep the material costs as economical as possible.
The use of multifunctional space planning allows for more than one activity per room. This saves on total square footage of building costs and long-term heating, cooling and electric bills.
Incorporating Universal Design features extends the time you can use your home and allows aging loved-ones comfortable access and ease of use.
Preserving the existing landscaping allows mature trees and other landscape areas to be undisturbed whenever possible.
Green Materials, Green Products and Green Systems
Green Materials, Green Products, and Green Systems are not currently mandated by the State of Ohio, but are being used in more and more residential construction projects everyday. There are many different manufacturers of green items with countless options. JCDM Home Builders can help you sort through your choices to determine which is best for your home. Below is a partial list of available materials, products, and systems that your JCDM Home Builders Team will advise you about for your project:
- Energy Efficient Windows and Doors
- Engineered Lumber
- Radiant Barrier Plywood
- Thermal Insulation
- Vapor Barriers
- Moisture Protection
- High Efficiency Light Fixtures
- High Efficiency Water Heaters
- High Efficiency Heating, Air Conditioning, and Air Quality Systems
- Alternative Energy Systems
- Low Flow Toilet and Shower Heads
- Grey water systems to flush toilets
- Point of Use Hot Water Heaters
- Structural Insulated Panels, (SIPs), in lieu of standard framed walls & roofs
- Insulated Concrete Forms, (ICFs), in place of block foundation walls
- Storm Water Storage and Irrigation Systems
- Drought Resistant Landscape
- Solar Powered exterior landscape and security lighting
Every finish material in your home has an impact on the environment. So how do you choose green interior finishes without your home looking like it belongs in Popular Mechanics? Our award-winning interior designers are experts in helping you select the right blend of materials throughout your home that are green, beautiful and healthy.
Building a project to pass code results in workmanship that only meets the minimum standards, or "a passing grade". If green materials, products and systems are improperly installed, they will not serve the purpose they were designed for. JCDM Home Builders's Green Building Practices surpass minimum standards and maximize the life span of your home. Our goal is to produce A+ Quality Craftsmanship at every phase of construction. During our pursuit of building excellence we have established rigorous disciplines, during which we:
- Test for asbestos and/or lead-based materials prior to demolition to eliminate the risk of airborne contamination.
- Carefully remove and save used appliances, fixtures, or other materials to be donated to Habitat for Humanity.
- Build temporary walls or vapor barriers for dust control between livable areas of the home and areas under construction.
- Temporarily seal off all exposed mechanical ductwork.
- Create barriers to protect existing landscaping from foot traffic or accidental damage.
- Recycle allowable construction waste.
- Define on-site tool wash-out areas and, where needed, install storm water pollution control devices.
- Perform a careful daily job site clean up.
- Ensure all phases of work are carefully inspected by your JCDM Home Builders Project Manager.
Now that your construction project is done, how do you keep your green home green? Proper maintenance and care are essential to responsible home ownership. Throughout your project, JCDM Home Builders will advise you on the best practices for living in your home with environmental consciousness such as:
- Review product manuals for proper use and care.
- Change HVAC air filters per manufacturer's recommendations.
- Change light bulbs to fluorescent wherever possible.
- Adjust thermostats to energy-saving settings while at home.
- Use a programmable thermostat to set the temperatures at less comfortable levels when you're not home or sleeping.
- Keep windows open for fresh air and ventilation.
- Repair chalk joints at areas of water penetration.
- Plant drought resistant landscaping.
- Direct landscape sprinkler heads away from the building perimeter.
- Make sure attics are properly ventilated.
- Remove all toxic liquids from your garage and storage rooms.
- Switch to nontoxic cleaning products.