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Green LogoAurora Custom Homes And Remodeling Leads The Way In Sustainable Green Building

"Green building describes the conscious effort to consider protection of the environment and the health of the occupants when constructing or improving a dwelling."

Aurora Custom Homes and Remodeling is the leader when it comes to advising our customers in ways in which they can be energy efficient with their new home or home improvement. We believe in being environmentally sensitive and mindful of the impact of our material choices on our limited natural resources.

Aurora Custom Homes and Remodeling incorporates Green Building initiatives to address energy efficiency, improved indoor air quality, water conservation, a reduced demand on our natural resources and protection of the environment.

Some of the strategies we often suggest to our customers include the following green building materials and initiatives:

green building -roof

Roof integrated photo-voltaic panels capture
sunlight and convert it into electricity

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

  • Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) super insulate the exterior building envelope.
  • Expandable Spray Foam Insulation seals the attic and minimizes heat build-up.
  • Insulated, Low "E" Tinted Windows lessen heat transmission into the home.
  • Mature Shade Trees block the heat of the sun from penetrating through windows and doors.
  • Photovoltaic Solar Cells generate electricity for the home and/or provide energy to heat water.
  • Geo-Thermal Heat Pumps (water-to-air units) condition the home more efficiently using naturally cool ground water.
  • Variable-Speed Air Handlers run more efficiently at lower speeds.
  • Heat Recovery Units use heat generated by the HVAC condensers to heat water.
  • Closed Loop Plumbing System with Recirculation Pump and Timer can be programmed to deliver hot water sooner with less travel distance.
  • Insulating Hot Water Pipes saves hot water from cooling down.
  • Tankless Water Heaters (on-demand systems) only use electricity or gas when in use.
  • Solar Water Heating to reduce the electric consumption of your water tank.
  • Sun Tunnels (or skylites) eliminate the need for artificial lighting throughout the day and early evening.
  • Energy Star Appliances operate more efficiently and use less electricity
  • Energy Optimization Unit harnesses wasted energy and stores it for reuse
  • Home Automation Control Systems can program and regulate the lighting and ventilation according to actual usage requirements.
green building - outside

Insulated concrete forms are the
most energy efficient exterior wall system.

IMPROVED INDOOR AIR QUALITY

  • Variable Speed Air Handlers run slower and longer to control the amount of humidity in the home. They also cycle air more frequently to improve air quality.
  • Advanced Filtration Devices such as HEPA filters, which reduce air borne contaminants, and UV lights, which sanitize the coils.
  • Energy Recovery Ventilators (ERV) remove stale air from the home and introduce clean outside air into the HVAC system.
  • Low VOC Materials reduce the amount of harmful chemically-generated off-gases in the air.

WATER CONSERVATION

  • Closed Loop Plumbing with Re-Circulation Pump and Timer delivers hot water sooner.
  • Insulating Hot Water Pipes reduces cold water waste while waiting for hot water.
  • Dual-Flush Toilets use the proper amount of water depending on type of waste.
  • Collection of Rain Water in an underground Cistern for use in irrigating the lawn and shrubs eliminates the need to use municipal utility provided water.
  • Native Plants require little or no daily watering.
  • Drip Irrigation System delivers less water for an extended period of time directly to the roots of plants and trees.

SUSTAINABILITY

  • Synthetic Materials require less maintenance, less chemical cleaning and refinishing and last longer, thereby reducing or eliminating the need for manufactured or harvested replacement materials.
green building - ceiling

Expandable spray foam insulation blocks
heat from entering the attic area.

MINIMAL USE OF NATURAL RESOURCES

  • Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) reduce the demand for forested wood products.
  • Recycled Materials use discarded materials and/or by-products, rather than harvesting new materials, in the production of lumber, trim, cabinets, countertops, insulation, sheetrock, carpeting, etc.
  • Reclaimed Materials give a second life to once harvested natural resources, such as heavy timbers, brick, stone, glass, etc.

PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT

  • Pervious Surfaces for the Driveway and Patios allow for the natural percolation of rain water into the ground, reducing the demand on sewer systems and collection ponds.
  • Collection of Rain Water in an underground Cistern reduces the amount of water runoff into streets and drainage systems.
  • Bio-swale / French drains collect and filter the runoff of surface water containing fertilizers and insecticides from entering nearby waterways.

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