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Posted by John Graziose on Fri, May 25, 2012 @ 13:05 PM

Green home builders Rochester NYGreen homes are healthier to live in, healthier for our environment, less expensive to maintain, last longer, worth more, have better resale, and save money.

Gerber Homes and Additions of Rochester NY builds Green Homes.   According to the NAHB National Green Building Program “Green” means:

  • Green homes are healthier to live in: Green homes have better indoor air quality.  They use effective HVAC equipment, formaldehyde-free finishes, low-allergen materials, and products with minimum off-gassing or low volatile organic compounds (VOCs).  This means the air you breathe is purer, the floors your children play on are healthier.
  • Green homes are healthier for our environment: They practice water conservation by using water-efficient appliances and fixtures, filtration systems, and drought resistant or low-maintenance landscaping.  Engineered wood and wood alternatives, recycled building materials, sustainably harvested lumber, and more durable products are used. Building sites are chosen to have a minimal disruption on nature, while preserving as much open space as possible.  This means trees, steams, and wildlife are taken care of.
  • Green homes are easier to maintain, last longer, and have a better resale value: Energy-Star appliances are used throughout the home, saving money each time they are used.  Wood flooring is easier to clean and lasts for years.  Green homes have an eye on the future, taking care of both the homeowners and the environment.

Bottom line is this: The future is Green. Homeowners are wising up to the fact that older, less energy-efficient windows, insulation, heating and appliances are a drain on the wallet, and the environment.

Green homes have a better resale value, and will grow in demand.  If you would like to learn more about Green Homes, contact Gerber Homes and Additions. Or call 888.GERBER3.  Click here to see floor plans, click here to see our communities.

Topics: Energy Star new homes Rochester NY, Green homes Rochester NY, What is a green home

Energy Star New Homes

Posted by John Graziose on Thu, May 24, 2012 @ 13:05 PM

Green Builders Rochester NYSo, what exactly is an Energy Star new home?

In order for a new home to meet Energy Star qualifications, it must be built to certain specifications, and have an inspector look at the home throughout the building process.

Gerber Homes has felt for years that everyone deserves a Green Home. The new Green home they are building in Canandaigua NY isn’t different than any of their other homes.  All Gerber Homes meet the Energy Star checklist.

For instance, Indoor Air Quality.  Most homes only have valves that allow furnace gases to be released.

Traditionally, a furnace picks up air around it, and spreads this air throughout the home.  In theory, this sounds fine, but in reality, the family is breathing recycled air.  (similar to what happens on an airplane.)

This would be great if we didn’t pollute our homes with toxic gases.  Everything from old paint cans, insecticides (often placed next to the furnace), gasses from carpets, paint, furniture, etc. invade our homes daily.  These gases are recycled again and again, and breathed by your family.

Gerber Homes believes there is a better way.  Each of their new homes has a Fresh Air Intake Valve.  This means fresh air from the outside is continually being brought into the home, while toxic, old air, is pushed out.

The result is better breathing for you and your family.  This is especially important in a time when respiratory illnesses such as asthma are on the rise for children.

Stay tuned for future posts as our Green Home in Canandaigua NY is built.  Completion should be sometime in mid-December, and you will be invited to the grand opening.

If you have any questions about Building Green or updating your existing home to Energy Star, give Gerber Homes and Additions a call star Rochester NY

Topics: Green homes, Energy Star new homes Rochester NY, new home builders, what is an Energy Star home

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