Green home building
Being green. I know Kermit the Frog says it isn’t easy being green but McSpadden makes it look pretty easy. And pretty is a good word to bring up – green house building does not take away from the beauty and elegance in a home. Not by a long shot!
The lake-front custom home that McSpadden is building on the nature preserve home site – the one with the natatorium! – has several green building features. I asked the project manager Travis Peeler to go over a few of them with me. If you know anything about green building then a few of the usual green suspects emerged of course: solar panels, low VOC paint, and LED light bulbs. And I plan to go into more detail about these in a later blog.
Really interesting to me was the green insulation. First: some basics. There are a number of ways you insulate your house. And more than one thing that makes a product green. For example: Insulating your home so that your energy bills are lower is one way to be green. Insulation materials that are recycled or made from natural components is another.
A few products that are incorporated into this home:
Quad-Lock – Insulated Concrete Form used here in the foundation www.quad-lock.com
Some of the benefits to homeowners: you have more consistent indoor temperatures; it is perfect for in-floor radiant heating; it deadens sound transmission; it creates an environment for minimized air infiltration - fewer allergens, improved indoor air quality. If you haven’t heard of this product it is really worth your time to look into.
Sucraseal – Spray Foam Insulation used in walls and attic space www.sucraseal.com
Now I’ve seen this stuff. They spray it then it grows and expands. But then it is easy just to slice off so you can put up your drywall. Easy and efficient from the builder perspective. And for the home owner it is even better! It is made from high renewable content, it contains no ozone and it is fire resistant. In fact, the fire resistance is actually built into the foam itself!
But wait! That’s not all! Other green products being used in this McSpadden custom home are the Owens Corning Ecotouch and the Advantech ZIP System.
So you see – at McSpadden we think it is easy being green.
More Blog . . .
- A day in the life of a custom home builder
- The McSpadden Approach
- A Home Builder and Trade Relationships
- There are no deals in new construction
- A cottage style custom waterfront home
- Breaking ground on a new project
- There was a constant hum of machinery
- The Client Meetings
- “the walls are in” and “the windows are in”
- Yes, Tile floors are being finished this week
- Something about Doug . . .
- Changes and Schedules
- A beautiful custom home.
- Expectations and scheduling.
- Rain and A custom home.
- Green home building
- Relationships are important, especially in home building
- a modern Arts and Crafts style
- “Gold Nuggets” of information
- Finishing on time?
- From the Jobsite: Oaks
- From The Jobsite: Waterfront 6020
- From the Jobsite: A Cramerton Escape
- From the Jobsite: A Perfect View
- From The Jobsite: Lakefront Living
Published Stories . . .
- Gaston Gazzette September 2012
- Charlotte Urban Home July 2010
- Lake Wylie Living Fall 2007
- Charlotte Place Summer 2007
- Today’s Charlotte Woman/July 2007
- House Trend Magazine – May 2007
- SouthPark Magazine – May 2007
- NC Boating Lifestyle September 2006
- Charlotte Business Journal September 2006
- Lake Wylie Living Spring 2006
- NC Boating Lifestyle April 2004
- Charlotte Place May - October 2003