Home Builder - The Most Energy Efficient Home on the Market
Build it Energy Efficient
|Owner||Home Size||Average Electric Bill
|Barton Residence||2,745 sq.ft.||$ 115.00 - 125.00|
|Munsch Residence||2,850 sq.ft.||$ 125.00 - 145.00|
|Alvarez Residence||3,300 sq.ft.||$ 165.00 - 185.00|
|Kaminsky Residence||5,000 sq.ft||$ 200.00 - 235.00|
|Todd Residence||3,068 sq.ft||$ 175.00 - 185.00 (foam insulation)|
|Wither Residence||2,502 sq.ft||$ 95.00 - 120.00 (foam insulation)|
We take great pride in designing and building some of Victoria's finest homes. Regardless of size or price, our customer focus is unmatched for delivering a home that is designed for each customer's specific needs, lifestyle and budget. Designer Homes has set the standard for other builders not only in design but in construction material selection, craftsmanship, energy efficiency, attention to detail and customer satisfaction. What may be an extra to others is a standard feature to us.
Building Green vs. Cost Efficiency
You don't have to add 6 more years to your note to get major savings in utility bills.
- Option 1 (4,520 sq.ft. 2008 Parade of Homes / Designer Homes Standard)
- 2x6 walls with OSB sheathing
- 3/4" 4x8 foam sheathing vapor barrier R-4 installed over OSB sheathing
- R-23 blown in rockwool (for tight seal)
- Techshield foil faced radiant barrier OSB roof Decking
- R-35 blown in attic insulation
- Double insulated low-e glazed vinyl windows
- Minimum 14.00 S.E.E.R. rating on HV AC system
- Additional R-50 attic vents to increase heat reduction
- Increased air duct insulation to reduce heat loss
- Air tight recessed cans and light boxes (# 1 heat loss in most homes)TOTAL ADDITIONAL : $ 4,400.00
- Option 2 (4,120 sq.ft. actual home)
- 2x4 walls with OSB sheathing
- Dupont vapor barrier
- Air tight foam insulation
- Double insulated low-e glazed windows
- Reduced HV AC tonnage to remove moisture from house
- Increase 14.00 S.E.E.R. rating on HV AC systemTOTAL ADDITIONAL : $ 16,500.00
Foam insulation system installer states that your electric heating and cooling bill will not exceed $ 300.00 per month (Note: cost break down on electrical billing formula). * Your electric bill would have to be $ 900.00 per month to exceed $ 300.00 for heating and cooling per month.
Cost Comparison: (Actual Home)
- Standard Home
- With 2x4 walls and standard insulation (3,000 sq.ft West Haven home)
Average monthly bill $325.00 = $ 3,600.00 per year
- Option 1: Designers Homes standard package
- (2,700 sq.ft. Post Oak sub-division home)
Average monthly bill $ 125.00 = $ 1,500.00 per year
- Yearly Savings = $ 2,100.00 - Cost pay back 2 years 3 months
- Option 2: Foam Insulation system
- (2,550 sq.ft. FM 237 Ranch home)
- Average monthly bill $ 95.00 = $ 1,140.00 per year
- Yearly Savings = $ 2,460.00 - Cost pay back 6 years 9 months
- Price savings between Option 1 & 2 = $ 360.00 per year - COST PAY BACK 33 Years
Your monthly electric bill is not all heating and cooling and we must approach energy saving as a total package and not focus on merely one part of the formula.
- * Typical electric bill formula break down:
- 1/3 heating and cooling
- 1/3 appliances, computers & televisions
- 1/3 lighting and water heating
- Building green and reducing your energy bills has to address the total formula.
- 1. High efficiency appliances
- 2. Shut down computers & televisions when not in use
- 3. Fluorescent bulbs vs. standard incandescent bulbs
- 4. On demand water heaters
- 5. Zoning water heating system
- 6. Properly designing your heating and cooling ventilation system will reduce your electric bill. The hottest air in a home is in the attic, which is also where your ventilation system is located (the coldest air in your home). If you design air ducts to flow through hallway ceiling and furr-downs you will put 12" of insulation between the hottest and coldest air in your home.
- Building green is not always high-tech, often it's just common sense.