Environmentally Conscious

RRBuilders strives to build homes that help homeowners reap the benefits of investing in a high performance, “green” home. This can encompass several factors related to energy and resource efficiency, healthier living, increased comfort, and overall consideration of the environment. When building a home with green features, we consider all phases of building or remodeling, from pre-construction through the lifetime of the home. 

Energy Efficiency Considerations

  • Building envelope – high-performance doors and windows, proper insulation, air sealing and ventilation for a thermally efficient building shell

  • Proper sized and energy-efficient heat and cooling systems, with appropriate zoning and controls based on the size and layout of the home

  • The role of natural lighting in design and efficiency

  • High efficiency lighting and appliances (i.e. lighting controls and bulbs, efficient appliances)

  • Alternative energy sources such as photovoltaic and geothermal systems (i.e., ClimateMaster)

  • “Smart home” automation systems for monitoring and controlling power use, thermostat settings, lighting, window shades, entertainment, irrigation and more (i.e., CrestronSavantNest)

  • Passive House design and practices

Building Materials and Furnishings – Sustainability and Healthfulness

  • Products and materials made with recycled and reused content, sustainably-harvested

  • Manufacturing and shipping processes – zero or low waste manufacturing, local sourcing, efficient shipping weights and distances (for reduced transport fuel usage)

  • Toxicity – zero or low VOC paints, flooring, and furniture finishes

  • Life of materials – durability, high recyclability potential

  • Waste-conscious construction processes and allocation of materials

Water Efficiency

  • Water conserving plumbing fixtures – low-flush toilets, low-flow showerheads and faucets, with today’s technology no user comfort is sacrificed

  • On-demand and/or point-of-use hot water systems

  • Site planning that minimizes the impact to existing landscaping and natural features; protect and retain existing landscaping as best possible

  • Use of organic landscaping treatments for less toxicity

  • Use of native plants for less water usage; select plants that have low water/pesticide needs and generate minimum trimmings

  • Rainwater collection systems to help with irrigation

  • Recycled content paving materials, furnishings, and mulches