Keith Construction has been a “Built Green” builder since 2009. While not all of our clients desire the designation, Keith Construction is focused on making our projects as “green” as possible with energy efficient options an important element of each and every renovation or new home that we build.
The “Built Green” program has four levels of achievement – Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. Points are awarded based on the minimum Energuide rating with additional points selected from each of the eight other areas of the checklist to give a cumulative total.
Since 2009, we have had new homes rated as Built Green: 1 Bronze, 5 Silver, 2 Gold, 19 Platinum (the highest level)
A total of 27 homes have been certified to November 2015!
Learn more about Built Green rated homes.
We have been privileged to have Morris DiGiovanni, CEA of EnerSave Consulting Services write a letter of acclamation for our company and our efforts to create an energy efficiently product for the Okanagan market.
Energy Efficiency & Upgrade Options
Building an environmentally friendly home cannot only save you money over time, but also helps save the environment. But keep in mind, incorporating green features into your home early is critical to its success.
By creating an air tight exterior wall system, it will allow you to rely less on your mechanical systems. If you build with a double staggered stud wall, use gasket electrical plugs and seal all penetrations with spray foam insulation, the home will have a higher R value and be more comfortable during the cool winters and very warm summers of the Okanagan.
To reduce energy loads, it’s important to design and position the house in such a way as to minimize exposure to the hot sun while taking advantage of cooling breezes. By having large overhangs and covered decks, it can help keep the home cooler. Good window placement can increase natural light while reducing the need for electric lighting.
Mechanical and Water Systems:
One of the most important things you can do to make your home more “green” is to carefully consider your choice of heating and cooling equipment. The heating/air conditioning system should be built and installed with the highest SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating possible.
Consider installing tankless and “point of use” water heating systems. These systems do away with the traditional standing hot water tanks and heat water more efficiently for the home. They are also more cost effective.
Windows and Doors:
Windows help make the home beautiful, but they can also waste a lot of energy if they let in heat in the summer and cold in the winter, and drafts anytime. To get more energy efficient windows, select ones with good insulation values. Some have special coatings that can help repel heat. Others are double or triple-paned which helps insulation. Choose windows that are argon filled which provide better insulation than air. Even window frames can affect how efficient they are. For example, aluminum frames typically provide lowest insulation level. Wood, vinyl, and fiberglass are better.
When it comes to doors, make sure they have a tight fit and use excellent weather stripping. Some new door frames include a magnetic strip that creates a tighter seal and reduces the amount of air that leaks out. Some of the best core materials for doors include fiberglass and foam.
Choose to use “earth-friendly” products and building materials whenever possible.
Typically these include products made with recycled content, conserve natural resources, avoid toxic emissions and are rapidly renewable such as bamboo, cork and straw.