Homes By Dickerson www.HomesByDickerson.com Going Green in 2009 Green Speak You know how to talk “green” but do you know what green features to look for in a new home? Homes By Dickerson points out our favorite Top 10 Green Home Features. 1. ZIP SYSTEM Exterior Air Infiltration Barrier – a specialized house “wrap” and sealing process that prevents air flow into and 6. WaterSense Faucets & Shower Heads – these low-flow faucets are EPA approved and out of the house through cracks and seams. function well while using 30% less water. 2. Foil‐Backed Plywood – reflects up to 97% Dual Flush Toilets – EPA approved; uses an of the sun’s radiant heat lowering attic temperature, improving energy efficiency and 7. average of 20% less water per flush. They increasing indoor comfort. operate with a 2-button/handle system. One button will activate the lower flow flush, the 3. Framing to Maximize Insulation Values – allows for the application of more insulation, other will activate the higher flow flush. fewer insulation gaps and reduces air infiltration making the home more air tight 8. Moisture and Air Sealed Crawl Spaces – Prevents air-flow to save energy cost. Reduces and energy efficient. moisture thus decreasing mold and mildew 4. Low‐E Energy Star Windows – “E” stands for emission or “to throw or give off”. This growth and wood rot. special glass is coated with an ultra-thin layer of metal that has a low rate of emission. In 9. Low‐VOC Paints & Stains – Harmful chemicals found in paint (Volatile Organic Compounds) . the winter, the heat given off by the furnace are released into the air causing ozone depletion, health problems and possibly cancer. Although and all the objects the furnace has heated is bounced back into the room. In the summer, . VOC levels are highest during and soon after the same thing happens in reverse and the painting, they continue to seep out for several heat stays outside. years. Properly‐Sized and 5. Installed HVAC – 10. “Green” Certified Carpets – People spend about 90% of their life indoors. “Green” carpets, eliminates the uneven carpet pads and carpet adhesives emit fewer conditioning of the home; . reduces overall energy costs. . VOCs to maintain improved indoor air quality. Several “green” carpets are also made from recycled materials. Look for the HBD Green Seal throughout our homes.