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Green Building

DEFINITION

Energy StarGreen building (also known as green construction or sustainable building) refers to a structure and using process that is environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building’s life-cycle: from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and demolition. This practice expands and complements the classical building design concerns of economy, utility, durability, and comfort.

OBJECTIVE

Pinetop’s objective in green building is to provide:

  • ENERGY EFFICIENCY

This is accomplished through the use of high efficiency windows and insulation in the walls, ceiling, and floors. With the extreme climate change that the McCall area endures the type of insulation that is put into homes in this region is essential for energy efficiency. ENERGYSeal provides a seamless system design of insulation in Pinetop homes that is efficient, durable, sustainable, and healthy.

  • MATERIAL EFFICIENCY & WASTE REDUCTION

This is accomplished through the use of BMC Select who provides Pinetop with wall panels along with trusses. BMC Select manufactures building components such as trusses and wall panels that support green building by reducing waste on the job site, using recycled materials, and improving the durability of the structural frame.

  • SITE & STRUCTURE DESIGN EFFICIENCY

The foundation of any construction project is rooted in the concept and design stages. The concept stage, in fact, is one of the major steps in a project life cycle, as it has the largest impact on cost and performance. In designing environmentally optimal buildings, Pinetop’s objective is to minimize the total environmental impact associated with all life-cycle stages of the building project.

ENERGY STAR

Energy StarWith ENERGY STAR, you know you’re making the right decision—for your wallet, for your family, and for the environment—bringing these important benefits:

Lower Utility Bills

By using less energy for heating, cooling, and water heating, ENERGY STAR certified homes deliver approximately 20% savings on annual utility bills. Over the 7 to 8 years that a typical family lives in a home, you can save thousands of dollars in maintenance cost.

Enhanced Performance

In ENERGY STAR certified homes, comfort is ensured with consistent temperatures between and across rooms; indoor air quality is enhanced by reducing dust, pollen, bugs, and excessive humidity; and durability is improved with comprehensive water protection, windows that block damaging sunlight, and better grade equipment.

Environmental Protection

The energy used in our homes often comes from the burning of fossil fuels at power plants. So, by using less energy to operate, ENERGY STAR certified homes help to prevent air pollution—an added benefit for today’s environmentally-conscious consumer looking for “green” choices

Healthier Indoor Air

Sealed air gaps and ductwork help keep unwanted air from attics, crawlspaces and walls out of your indoor living environment. Providing proper ventilation, minimizing air leaks and installing point source ventilation in bathrooms and laundry rooms for moisture management ensures clean, healthy indoor air.