Building a home should be a partnership

My belief from day one has always been to create a one-on-one relationship with my homeowners. As an award winning builder, developer, realtor and accountant I have specialized in all aspects of home construction for over 20 years. It is truly my passion to partner with you and build your beautiful home on time, on budget and to reflect your individual lifestyle.

Green Building

Green Building

Green Building, also known as green construction or sustainable building, refers to the use of specific environmentally responsible processes that result in the completion of a long lasting, resource-efficient structure. These processes, from siting the home and design, continue through the stages of construction, operation, maintenance, renovation and demolition. The most effective manner to attain the best result requires close cooperation of the design team, architects, engineers, and the client at all project stages.

Below are some specific considerations of Green Building:

moisture

Moisture:

Moisture is the number one cause of building failure. Moisture is delivered to the building via rain, vapor, and air movement. Rain is controlled by exterior sheathing, roof systems, and redirecting rain runoff. Vapor is controlled by designed wall systems and home ventilation. Moisture delivered by air movement is controlled by building a tight home with appropriate ventilation to insure healthy air quality.

energy

Energy:

The Federal Government has mandated that homes be “Net-Zero” by the year 2030; meaning that homes consume no more energy than they use. This is being attained today; accomplished through various means: Solar, Geo-Thermal, Wind, Building Design, Highly Efficient Materials, and Siting to name a few. Rating systems such as Energy Star, HERS, and EPS help us define the energy efficiency of a home.

sustainability

Sustainability:

Sustainability focuses on reconciling the building to the environment, balancing economic demands, and providing consideration of social equity. If you double the life of a building, you halve its environmental impact (and Carbon Footprint); thus increasing the sustainability of the building.

advance-framing

Advanced Framing:

Advanced Framing techniques are utilized to ensure an air tight, energy efficient, moisture resistant, and sustainable home. Some Advance Framing techniques include:

  • Staggered Stud Framing
  • 24” On-Center Framing
  • Insulated Headers
  • Raised Heel Trusses
  • Ducting in Conditioned Space
  • Air Sealing

heating

Heating:

Large advances have been made in the affordability of alternative heating methods and the efficiency of standardized systems. Highly efficient Geo-thermal and photovoltaic systems have large tax rebates, Heat pumps are being designed to operate effectively in colder and colder climates, and the strategies of increasing the efficiency of ducting and location of the mechanical room are being implemented.

windows

Windows:

Windows are the largest heat transmission problem of a home. A variety of window options and materials exist and should be reviewed based upon the climate zones. Window frames can be constructed from vinyl, fiberglass, or wood; they can be fixed paned, slider, single hung, double hung, or casement. Windows can be double paned, triple paned, with various coatings and gases.

eco-charrette

Eco-Charrette:

Eco-Charrette is an intensive problem solving and planning session(s) where multi-disciplinary teams assemble to address principles of sustainability of the home. In other words, a fancy French word for “let’s meet as a team and review the construction process.”

insulation

Insulation:

There are a variety of methods that can be used to insulate a home to prevent Thermal Bridging. Fiberglass Batts or blow, cellulose blow, spray foam, rock wool, and rigid board are a few of the most common; each with its pluses in specific situations and climates. An infrared camera can be used to determine the effectiveness of insulation. Additionally, Advance Framing techniques such as staggered studs, raised heal trusses, and air sealing have significant impacts on thermal bridging.

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At the end of the day, what do we all want from “Green Building”

Healthy homes to live in that are sustainable. Contact me and let’s discuss how Green Building can fulfill your needs, providing the home of your dreams for generations to come. Thank you for taking the time to respond to: Matt@MattMorrisCustomHomes.com