Happy Earth Day! As an Energy Star partner since 2006, Grand Homes has dedicated itself over the recent years to create homes that not only improve the lives of our customers, but our planet. Because of our efforts in protecting the environment and promoting energy efficient construction, the EPA recognized Grand Homes in 2009 and 2011 with the Energy Star Leadership in Housing Award. We have worked hard to constantly be improving our materials, processes and standards to build something that is energy efficient and safe.
So what does it mean to be an Energy Star partner, or to build an energy efficient home? To earn the ENERGY STAR, a home must meet strict guidelines for energy efficiency set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. These homes are at least 15% more energy efficient than homes built to the 2004 International Residential Code (IRC), and include additional energy-saving features that typically make them 20–30% more efficient than standard homes.
The environmental benefits of these ENERGY STAR qualified homes are equal to the equivalent of:
• Eliminating the emissions from 238 vehicles;
• Saving 14,440,504 lbs of coal;
• Planting 394 acres of trees; or
• Saving the environment 2,825,118 pounds of CO2 per year.
In order to build an Energy Star certified home, Grand Homes must adhere to using high quality materials that will accomplish our energy goals. That is why nearly all of our homes feature radiant barrier roof decking, 2×6 wall construction, 16 SEER HVAC systems, R-38 blown fiber glass insulation, Vinyl Low E windows and much, much more.
The benefits of making our homes more energy efficient don’t stop with helping the earth. On average our customers are able to save $150 per month on energy bills, which translates into $30,000 in buying power! So making the initial investment to live in a greener home not only protects the environment, but it protects your wallet.
Visit our website for more information regarding our homes, or contact us at 972-387-6087.