Sustainable Building Practices

I am a born-and-raised, native Oregonian and understand the value of sustainable, “green” building practices. But building a sustainable home is not for accolades or recognition, it’s a gratifying by-product of emphasizing quality and homeowner satisfaction. I am always on the forefront of employing the use of cutting-edge materials and Green Building techniques that stress efficiency and safety. These range from the newest form of low-energy insulation, radiant floor heating, solar panels, recycled materials, and energy saving lighting. I stay informed on tax incentives and funding opportunities for my homeowners and we always discuss these during the design phase of any project. I place top-of-mind the importance of staying educated on industry leading practices and Green Design standards but never lose site of building extraordinary custom homes.

“Building a sustainable home is not for accolades or recognition, it’s a gratifying by-product of emphasizing quality and homeowner satisfaction.”

Steve Bennett Reading Bid Plans

Sustainable “Green” Design and Building Materials

Steve Bennett Builders, our partners in architecture, engineerinig and landscape design, and all sub contractors implement sustainable building practices. Here is just a short list of features commonly used on our custom homes:

  • Identifying opportunities for solar power generation

  • Polystyrene foundation blocks, also called ICF block (Insulated Concrete Forms)

  • Moisture management techniques

  • Radiant floor heating

  • Continuous air barrier and air sealing to reduce air infiltration

  • High Performance windows and doors

  • Commitment to use of high grade thermal building envelope

  • Passive Design

  • Intelligent use of sky lights and “daylighting”

  • Use of occupancy and vacancy sensors for interior and exterior lighting

  • Energy Star appliances

  • Renewable and recycled materials, when possible

Header image sourced from Carnevele Eustis Architects

By | 2018-01-07T17:58:59+00:00 January 28th, 2014|