If your goals for 2019 include both saving money and being good to the Earth, then you’re in luck—especially if you’re also planning to purchase a new home this year. That’s because homebuilders throughout metro Atlanta are going green, creating programs that allow them to build eco-friendly residences that boast environmental benefits while also offering energy-efficient, cost-effective features. It’s a win-win, and home buyers have numerous options available to them in the Atlanta market. To help you find the eco-friendly, energy-efficient home that’s just right for you and your needs, start by looking at the following builders and their programs. These are just a few of the companies in metro Atlanta that strive to provide home buyers with smart choices that will make a difference for years to come.
The Providence Group
In early 2018, The Providence Group announced the launch of its E2 Crafted Program, which focuses on energy efficiency and environmental awareness. Through the program, the company has dedicated itself to crafting homes that are as energy-efficient as they are environmentally friendly. On the energy side, all homes built in 2018 and beyond include such features as ENERGY STAR-rated appliances, a high-efficiency 14 Seer HVAC system, programmable thermostats, Low-E Glass in all windows, house wrap to control air and water infiltration, LP® TechShield® roofs, LED lighting and more. Additionally, to ensure an environmentally conscious build, The Providence Group now installs Uponor plumbing systems, water-efficient bath fixtures, low-VOC paints and carpet and CARB-compliant hardwood floors, among other features. The program is a truly comprehensive effort to ensure that home buyers have access to low-maintenance homes that have the future in mind.
For years, Meritage Homes has ensured that each of the residences it builds is as energy-efficient as possible. In fact, energy efficiency is taken into consideration at every step along the homebuilding process, from design to construction, allowing Meritage Homes to be upwards of twice as efficient as comparable homes throughout the country. The company employs features like high-performance toilets, flow-smart showerheads, ENERGY STAR-certified appliances, UV-blocking windows, high-performance insulation and advanced framing for exceptional cost savings. To help buyers live healthier and more comfortable lives, Meritage also uses fresh air management systems, low-VOC materials, high-performance air filtration systems, advanced thermostats and more. According to the company, more than 100,000 homes have been built with these features, and every home built into the future will be as well.
David Weekley Homes
David Weekley Homes is so dedicated to building energy-efficient homes that it has received the Energy Star Certified Homes Market Leader Award. The company offers EnergySaver™ home plans that are focused on reducing energy consumption, which is not only good for the environment, but also homeowners’ wallets. David Weekley Homes’ green program consists of three components: the thermal envelope, the HVAC system and home health and safety. From using sheathing to appropriate-sized HVAC systems and more, the company aims to reduce the environmental footprint of every home it builds while giving homeowners a residence in which they can feel safe, comfortable and healthy and saving money year-round.
Brock Built’s GreenSmart® Program was designed as a way to protect the environment while helping homeowners consume less energy and save money. The program includes several components and standards, including the use of radiant barrier roofing, house wrap, windows that feature low Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) glass, innovative air sealing techniques, spray-on fiberglass insulation, water-conserving plumbing fixtures, 14 Seer HVAC units, energy-efficient light fixtures, ENERGY STAR-rated appliances and much more. What’s more, the program requires that all homes built undergo quality and functionality testing, further ensuring that each residence is eco-friendly and truly energy-efficient.