Sustainable solutions are important to our environment, our future, and to us, which is why we were early adopters of green building practices that make a difference. Our definition of building green begins with creating an ideal six sided cube, or building envelope, which helps us produce efficiencies that reduce the impact of carbon emissions on the environment, and creates an immediate savings for homeowners. Our six sided cube approach incorporates the following building techniques:
By developing a sound water management plan, which keeps water moving around, or away from the wood used to build a home, wood can maintain a long life. Implementing this basic plan can help preserve a home for hundreds of years.
By adding 1-2 inches of polystyrene to the outside of the homes we build, we create a thermal effect, which is particularly effective when it comes to energy efficiency. We call this “outsulating” because we prevent thermal losses from the outside. To add even more energy efficiency, we use the same technique on all mechanical spaces and basement walls, in the form of insulation.
HVAC and Energy Consumption
In an effort to prevent heat loss, you might wonder if a building can become too air tight. Our systems exchange between 5-20% of the air inside the home with fresh new air every few hours. If you compare a KVC home built using the combination of “outsulating,” insulating, the conditioning of mechanical spaces, and installation of energy efficient windows and doors, to a home that is built without the same combination, you’ll see a difference in the use of fuel consumption that’s between 40-50%. These sound, green building practices, along with the latest technology, such as solar, geothermal and variable speed heat pumps, allow for all spaces inside a home to be conditioned down to a microclimate, resulting in superior indoor air quality, as well as efficient operating costs.