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Green Homes in Rochester: The “Fad” That Won’t Fade

Posted by John Graziose on Wed, Jun 20, 2012 @ 09:06 AM

green building ny juneNot all that long ago building an environmentally friendly, energy efficient, “green” home was an idea that only had appeal for a relatively small, select group of people. A lot of homeowners and builders wondered if the concept of building green was just a fad.

It would appear that “going green” is a fad that refuses to fade. And for some families in the Rochester area, the savings they realize by choosing an Energy Star home can make the difference between affordable housing and waiting to buy. That’s now surprising, when you consider that energy bills for an Energy Star home can run 30 percent less than conventional homes. And the savings are even more dramatic when compared to energy consumption for homes built in the 1950s.

Of course there’s more to energy efficiency than simply saving money on your energy bills. We’ve seen more and more homeowners in the Rochester area who are aware of the environmental impact their homes have.  They want to leave a smaller footprint.

That increased awareness isn’t showing any sign of slowing down. As a matter of fact, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority confirms that the number of Energy Star homes built in New York between 2006 and 2010 is 42 percent higher than it was in the years 2001 through 2005.

At Gerber Homes, we’re committed to providing homeowners the kind of energy-efficient homes they’re looking for. That’s why we build our homes with efficiency in mind in order to meet stringent Energy Star standards. It’s why our homes feature low-e windows that absorb and reflect radiant heat, and have extra insulation in the attics. Of course energy efficient windows and insulation are only part of the solution. Adequate insulation helps with efficiency and provides better indoor air quality to make your home a healthier place to live.

Green building isn’t going away. And neither is our commitment to building energy-efficient homes. If you’d like to know more about how Gerber Homes can help you build the green home of your dreams, please drop us a note!

Topics: Green homes, Green home builders Rochester NY

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

Building Green In Canandaigua NY

Posted by John Graziose on Wed, May 23, 2012 @ 13:05 PM

energy star sign ontario nyGerber Homes Rochester NY is a new home builder who has always been ahead of the times.

They have been building Green for a long time.  Only now, with the Energy Star home they are building in Canandaigua NY, they will have the certification to prove the qualifications.

In order to earn the Energy Star rating, a home must meet guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  The new Gerber Home will be inspected step-by-step to prove it meets the specifications.

In order to earn the Energy Star Rating, a new home must have:

Effective Insulation: Properly installed and inspected insulation in floors, walls, and attics ensures even temperatures throughout the house, reduced energy use, and increased comfort.

High-Performance Windows: Energy-efficient windows employ advanced technologies, such as protective coatings and improved frames, to help keep heat in during winter and out during summer.

Tight Construction and Ducts: Sealing holes and cracks in the home’s “envelope” and in heating and cooling duct systems helps reduce drafts, moisture, dust, pollen, and noise.

Efficient Heating and Cooling Equipment: In addition to using less energy to operate, energy-efficient heating and cooling systems can be quieter, reduce indoor humidity, and improve the overall comfort of the home.

Efficient Products: ENERGY STAR qualified homes may also be equipped with ENERGY STAR qualified products — lighting fixtures, compact fluorescent bulbs, ventilation fans, and appliances, such as dishwashers.

Third-Party Verification: With the help of independent Home Energy Raters, ENERGY STAR builder partners choose the most appropriate energy-saving features for their homes. Additionally, raters conduct onsite testing and inspections to verify the energy efficiency measures, as well as insulation, air tightness, and duct sealing details.

Watch for more posts of our new Green Home being built.  Gerber Homes isn’t changing the way they build, only with this Canandaigua NY home, they will have the Energy Star Certification they rightfully deserve.

Click here to find out more about Green Building or contact Gerber Homes.

Topics: Green homes, Green home builders Rochester NY, Energy Star rated homes Rochester NY

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