Green Building is simply a way of life for us.
We know that green Building is about stewardship: of resources, of finances, and of the environment. At Degnan Design Builders, Inc., the principals of stewardship are part of our core values, so Green Building is a natural part of our process.
We approach Green Building in three ways: through our Business Practices, through the decision making process with our clients, and in our personal decisions.
Cardboard Recycling and proper debris disposal
Jobsite toilet provision if facilities are not available
Erosion control and tracking prevention from the site
Building code compliance
Inclusion of landscaping in most contracts
Helping Clients to weigh the costs
We Build with Focus on Energy's New Homes Program, and implement Home Performance with ENERGY STAR consultations into remodeling. We verify and quantify our performance with pre and post testing.
We recommend high efficiency furnaces and air conditioners that are over and above codes, using ECM furnace blowers, 14 SEER air conditioners, or even super-efficient heat pumps.
We recommend future-proofing by including solar energy and renewable-ready measures in your project as the budget allows.
We work with professional resources to capture subsidies and tax credits when available
We design homes efficiently – efficient use of space, energy, and of resources – for a lower total cost of operation.
We help you choose locally produced or sustainably harvested building materials that have less impact.
This attention to detail does more than protect the environment; it creates a healthier living space for your family. Families incorporating our suggestions have homes that…
…prevent mold growth. This is accomplished with our intelligent wall system, exterior foundation insulation, and under-slab insulation for basement floors.
…have proper mechanical ventilation, including fresh air make-up, air-to-air exchangers, whole house dehumidification, and ultra-quiet bathroom ventilation fans. We say “Build tight, ventilate right.”
…have the option of central vacuum systems to control dust.
…have high efficiency air filtration systems installed on furnaces and air conditioning.
…use ECM blowers of the furnace that can run continuously, slowly, and quietly to filter air and reduce dust in your home.
We work with written Trade Contractor Agreements and Scopes of Work to ensure that quality, recycling and other performance standards are met.
We choose geographically local jobs when possible, and local trade contractors when appropriate.
We choose vehicles that are appropriate to our business and family needs while taking efficiency into account.
There is more we could say and more we could do. We know that living Green is an ongoing process of improvement, and it is one we are dedicated to.
With the expertise to help you make the decisions that make the best use of your resources, we are prepared to help you find the green building balance in your project. Please call or contact us through this website and let us assist you to make informed decisions about your green project.