What does GREEN really mean?
The precise definition of exactly what is and isn’t a green home is still a moving target. A broad array of programs, rating systems, and laws define requirements differently, causing spirited debate nationwide. But here is an overview to help get you started:
Optimize Size Potential: proper site selection, consideration of any existing buildings or infrastructure, orientation of streets and homes for passive & active solar features, location of access roads, parking, potential hazards, and any high priority resources which should be conserved such as trees, waterways, snags, and animal habitats.
Minimize Energy Use and Use Renewable Energy Strategies: reducing overall energy loads (through insulation, efficient equipment and lighting, and careful detailing of the entire envelope), limiting the amount of fossil fuels required, incorporating renewable energy systems when feasible, and purchasing green power in order to minimize the creation of greenhouse gases.
Conserve and Protect Water: Reducing, controlling or treating site runoff, designing and constructing the home to conserve water used inside and outside, minimize leaks by insuring proper inspection during construction.
Use Environmentally Preferable Products: Specifying products which are salvaged, made with recycled content, conserve natural resources, reduce overall materials use, are exceptionally durable & low maintenance, naturally or minimally processed, save energy and/or water, and/or reduce pollution or waste from operations.
Enhance Indoor Environmental Quality: Provide excellent acoustical, thermal and visual qualities which have a signifcant impact on health, comfort, and productivity. Attributes to consider are maximized daylight, appropriate ventilation and moisture control, and the use of low- or no VOC (volatile organic compounds) products.
Optimize Operations and Maintenance Practices: Materials and systems that simplify and reduce operational requirements, require less water, energy and toxic chemicals and cleaners to maintain, are cost-effective and reduce life-cycle costs.
Information provided courtesy of the Green Building Guidelines by SBIC
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Where does Ferrier build?
Our primary market is the Greater Dallas/Fort Worth area. However, we travel throughout Texas, Oklahoma and Colorado installing Structural Insulated Panels. Your project fall outside of this service area? Our consulting services are a great alternative.
How long has Ferrier been building green?
Although no one knew to call it green back then, we built our first highly energy efficient home in 1984. From then on we always kept an open mind and a student’s willingness to learn something new. High performance technologies have come a long way since those early days, but many of the basic principles remain the same- of which we’ve been incorporating into all of our projects from day 1.