The awards recognize builders who voluntarily incorporate energy efficiency in the design, construction and marketing of new homes.
The word "voluntarily" is key for builders, who want to avoid more regulations and mandates. These builders are not just complaining about pending mandates for green building; they are helping to stave it off.
The Pardee home recognized is in Sacramento, is 2,264 square feet and cost $58 per square feet to build using the guidelines of the ComfortWise program. See more on that.
Energy features listed for the home (pictured here) include:
Exterior wall construction: 2×6 @ 16" o.c.
Wall insulation: R-13 fiberglass batt plus R-4 foam sheathing
Roof construction: Trusses @ 16" o.c.
Ceiling insulation: R-38 fiberglass batt
Windows: Low-e vinyl; U-0.32 to 0.35; SHGC 0.33 to 0.34
HVAC: 80 AFUE gas furnace; 13 SEER air conditioner
Ducts: Less than 10% of ductwork in conditioned space; ducts sealed according to energy efficiency program protocols
Water heating: 0.82 EF tankless gas water heater
Lighting: 72% fluorescent (32% dedicated fluorescent fixtures)
Appliances: Energy Star refrigerator, dishwasher and washer
Innovative features: 2.3 kW photovoltaic system; radiant barrier; programmable thermostat; lighting controls