Features and Benefits of New Towns “Green” Homes

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Science of Building…

Built to 2011 ENERGY STAR® Version 2.5 standards ~ typically 15-20% more efficient than the local building codes.  We are proud to offer new homes that have earned the ENERGY STAR® label.  ENERGY STAR® qualified homes are substantially more energy efficient than homes built to minimum code requirements.  Our ENERGY STAR® qualified new homes are independently verified by a third-party Home Energy Rater to ensure they meet ENERGY STAR® energy efficiency guidelines.  These homes are better for the environment and better for you.

Learn more about ENERGY STAR® qualified homes at http://www.energystar.gov/.

•  For New Town Builders this is just a starting point.  New Town Builders’ homes HERS Scores (Home Energy Rating System) with solar photovoltaic are typically below 60.  Lower is better, see the definition section for additional information.

•  Solar Electric Power System sized by plan, elevation, and the home’s orientation ~ Generates electrical power reducing electrical bills.

•  Independent testing, on every home, of the thermal envelope, systems, and inspections, to insure adherence to ENERGY STAR® specifications.

•  Energy monitoring system ~ allows you to monitor electricity use and presents information in a simple, easy to understand format helping you save on energy bills.

•  Honeywell® Pro 4000 thermostat and Lennox® 92% efficient furnace.

•  Heating and air conditioning duct independently tested to insure less than 7% leakage to insure the conditioned air reaches the desired destination.

•  Transfer ducts at bedrooms to facilitate air circulation and ensure heated or cooled air moves freely throughout the home to promote a more consistent temperature throughout.

•  Milgard® Style Line Low-E argon gas filled windows, backed by a Milgard lifetime warranty, meet or exceed ENERGY STAR® qualifications.

•  Exterior 2×6 walls 24-inches on center allowing for more insulation, increasing exterior wall R values (see definition), to keep the inside in and the outside out.

•  Blown-in, mold resistant R-20 cellulose insulation creating a thoroughly insulated thermal shell.  Unlike batt insulation blown-in cellulose insulation easily flows around obstructions and penetrates odd shaped cavities and it easily conforms around wires, electrical boxes and pipes.

10-inch raised energy heel roof trusses that allow for a full R-38 insulation at exterior wall plane.

•  Sealant applied to drywall and framing components at window and door openings to eliminate air penetration and minimize drafts.

•  DensShield® Tile Backer from Georgia-Pacific. When it comes to moisture management, this is the only tile backer is engineered to keep moisture out of the wall cavity.

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•  Ice and water shield at all roof eaves to protect against moisture from ice damming.

•  High efficiency water heater.

•  Tyvek house wrap for protection against water and air infiltration, improved energy efficiency & indoor air quality.

•  Low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) paints which use water instead of petroleum-based solvents and contain no, or very low levels, of heavy metals and formaldehyde, therefore reducing levels of harmful emissions.

Building Science Definitions…

•  R-Value ~ The R value is a measure of thermal resistance used in the building and construction industry. The bigger the number, the better the building insulation’s effectiveness. R-value is the reciprocal of U-value.

•  U-Value ~ Describes how well a building element conducts heat. It measures the rate of heat transfer through a building element over a given area, under standardized conditions.

•  HERS ~ What is a HERS Rating? A home energy rating involves an analysis of a home’s construction plans and onsite inspections.  A software analysis yields a projected, pre-construction HERS Index.  The rater than conducts onsite inspections, typically including a blower door test (to test the leakiness of the house) and a duct test (to test the leakiness of the ducts). Results of these tests, along with inputs derived from the plan review, are used to generate the HERS Index score for the home.  For comparison a HERS Reference Home scores a HERS Index of 100, while a net zero energy home scores a HERS Index of 0. The lower a home’s HERS Index, the more energy efficient it is.  A home with a HERS Index of 85 is 15% more energy efficient than the HERS Reference Home and a home with a HERS Index of 80 is 20% more energy efficient.

(www.energystar.gov, 2009)

Interior Comfort…

•  9-foot Ceilings on first floor per plan, 8-foot ceilings on second floor and basement walls are approximately nine-feet per plan (This does not equate to nine foot from floor to ceiling).

•  Classic interior trim finish with preselected Masonite or Jeld- Wen doors.

•  Schlage® Torino, stainless steel door levers.

•  Airtight recessed can lighting throughout the home to reduce energy loss and limit moisture transfer.

•  Master bath with adult height vanities, two Sterling® oval vitreous china  sinks, Kohler Archer® 5-foot soaking tub,  showers sized per plan.  4-inch x 4-inch  tile surround at tub  and shower areas.

•  Secondary baths Sterling oval vitreous china sink, Vikrell tub, and Sterling® 1.6 gal. flush china toilet.  Powder rooms per plan feature a free standing furniture style vanity cabinet with Sterling® vitreous china sink or a pedestal sink.

Thoughtful Design and Convenience…

•  5.1 Home theater pre-wire at great rooms per plan.

•  Apple iPod® Dock friendly pre-wire.

•  Media outlets with a combination of voice, data, audio & video at all bedrooms, kitchen, studies and lofts, each wired directly from the outlet to a central location (not daisy chained).

•  Uponor® PEX water distribution system, preventing corrosion, condensation, and dampening noise.

•  Water line to refrigerator with alternate shut-off under the kitchen sink.

•  Sound dampening cast iron waste lines from the second floor to basement ceiling.

•  2-4 car attached garage via alley access. Garage door opener; ½ HP with two transmitters.

•  Security System Prewire with contacts at all basement windows, main floor windows and doors, 1 motion sensor, 2 keypads (garage access door and master bedroom).

Outdoor Living…

•  Some plans feature front porches that live like a patio.

•  Can lights at front porch per plan.

•  2 Frost-free hose bibs.

•  2 Exterior weatherproof outlets.

Personal Select Finishes…

This is where most home builders tell you which cabinet, counter top and carpet is ‘standard’ in your new home.  But, your home shouldn’t be ‘standard’, it should reflect your own personal style with choices made by you.  So, at New Town Builders, the choice is yours.  We won’t list the standard finishes in your home, instead, you will receive an allowance, based on your floor plan, to use at the Design Studio to create your own unique style.  The finishes below are just an example of what your Personal Select Finish allowance will buy.

For instance, you could use the allowance to choose…

•  The Chef’s Kitchen with stainless GE double ovens, dishwasher, microwave, and smooth cooktop with a hood.

•  Maple cabinets in a selection of 5 finishes with a granite kitchen countertop in one of 5 colors, a full height tile backsplash, an undermount sink and a stainless pullout faucet.

•  Master Bath with solid surface countertops in one of three colors, 13” x 13” wall and floor tile, and a dual flush, elongated, luxury height toilet,.

•  Secondary baths with 13”x13” floor tile, solid surface countertops in any of three colors, and a dual flush, elongated, luxury height toilet,.

•  Granite countertops in your Powder Room and dual flush, elongated, luxury height toilet.

•  3 ¼” White Oak plank hardwood flooring in Entry, Extended Entry, Kitchen, Nook, Mud Room and Powder Room in 2 Colors.

It’s all up to you – this is only an example.


Custom Changes…

Yes, you can! Ask us about making non-structural custom changes to your


Not all features standard on all collections.  Please ask a sales associates for details.

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