Green Building And Design

 

Energy / Water Efficient

Energy and water use efficiency are directly affected by the construction practices and materials selected during construction.

By making educated selections of the type of exterior walls, roof, insulation, windows, doors and HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system, lighting and appliances the energy use of a home can be dramatically reduced. This results in significant savings off monthly energy bills. WAO Builders guides our customers through each selection, providing options and pricing comparisons.

Likewise, an educated selection of plumbing fixtures, and the selection of drought tolerant landscaping with the subsequent reduced irrigation results in significant savings off monthly water bills. WAO Builders has pulled together an extensive list of selected plumbing fixtures that will help save water. We have partnered with several professional landscape architects and certified irrigation system designers to offer our customers a customized outdoor living environment. WAO Builders’ outdoor living areas will thrive throughout the year while looking great and saving water.

Many of these selections do not increase construction costs. Armed with knowledge our customers make educated selections that make sense for their lifestyle and create a payback in energy and water savings. WAO Builders calls this process Smart Design.

 

Healthy Interior Environment

The EPA has reported that in many tightly sealed homes indoor air quality is worse than the outdoor air quality in the cities where they are located. We bring all kinds of chemicals into our home directly and indirectly. With well sealed air-conditioned homes the chemistry mix created inside can’t get out. In addition, high humidity and moisture from kitchens and bathrooms promotes the growth of mold.

WAO Builders will guide you through the construction process of selecting materials and construction methods that improve indoor air quality. Construction materials like lumber products, paints, carpet, flooring, furniture finishes and cabinetry should be selected to eliminate or greatly reduce VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and other harmful chemicals historically found in non- green homes. The ventilation and air filtration created by a properly engineered HVAC system creates comfort and cleaner air. Proper ventilation can control moisture critical to reducing mold growth in wet areas. There are many cases where owners of green homes report reduction or the end of allergy symptoms for family members apparently due to the cleaner air in their homes.

 

Constructed For Sustainability

Sustainable construction can include a few areas, the most relevant is materials that are purpose grown. This includes lumber products manufactured from farmed trees rather than old growth trees. It also includes products made from recycled materials and materials selected that have a longer or infinite life. Thus, reducing replacement and maintenance costs. WAO Builders partners with several building science engineers to assist in selecting optimal product solutions for your next project.

 

Universal Design/Aging in Place

According to the Remodelers Council of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), “aging-in-place means remaining in one’s home safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level. It means the pleasure of living in a familiar environment throughout one’s maturing years, and the ability to enjoy the familiar daily rituals and the special events that enrich all our lives. It means the reassurance of being able to call a house a ‘home’ for a lifetime.”

Aging in Place means creating a barrier free home. Many home accessibility modifications can be made for approximately the yearly cost in an assisted living facility. Living in an assisted living facility can run into thousands of dollars per month. WAO Builders widened doorways, remodeled a bathroom, modified a kitchen, and rebuilt an entryway of a home to aid in accessibility of that home for less than the yearly cost in a mid-priced assisted living facility. By combining the thoughts and wishes of our customer with our CAPS (Certified Aging in Place Specialist) education and suggestions from a medical adviser as needed, we can come up with a plan to design needed modifications for one’s home to keep a maturing adult in their home.

In new construction these design elements rarely have any increased cost, look like a normal home, offer value to all ages and stages of life, and increase the livability and resale value of your home.