At Barriere Construction, we understand that green building is far more than just a fleeting trend. Today’s homeowners are truly committed to a more environmentally-friendly lifestyle as evidenced in the surge of electric cars on the road and solar panels on roofs.
To meet this growing demand, Barriere Construction has made it our mission to be the leading authority in high-performance, “green” home building. What does green construction really mean, in practical terms? It means your home will hold greater value and require less maintenance, have lower utility bills and cost less to own, be environmentally-friendly, and provide improved comfort and better health.
Barriere Construction homes are third-party verified and tested to be ENERGY STAR certified. This means our homes meet the strict energy performance standards set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Our homes have HERS scores under 60, meaning they are more than 40% more energy efficient than a standard new home. A lot goes into building an energy-efficient home, including:
Planning to Build a Green Home
True green building goes beyond using sustainable materials and installing energy-efficient appliances. The process starts in the planning phase as we look for ways to minimize the environmental impact of construction, which includes:
- Best use of land so healthy trees and landscape are left intact
- Plan to reduce the amount of construction waste produced
- Recycling partnership to sort construction waste
- Reuse of material when possible, such as with concrete forms
- Preventing erosion construction with silt fencing
Solar panels are an excellent way to harness the energy of the sun and drastically reduce energy costs. Barriere Construction will:
Barriere Construction is committed to water efficiency both inside and outside every home we build. This is accomplished by:
Indoor Air Quality
Recent studies on air pollution show alarming figures on the quality of indoor air versus outdoor air, even in highly-polluted cities. When people spend as much as 90% of their time indoors, air quality is a critical consideration that doesn’t get the attention it deserves. Barriere Construction is committed to improved indoor air quality in all of our homes through:
Getting Homeowners Involved
A high-performance ENERGY STAR home is just the first part of green building. Educating homeowners about the features of their new eco-home ensures they get the most out of it for generations to come. Barriere Construction makes each homeowner a part of the construction process from start to finish through: