We respect and protect the environment at every construction site. We constantly strive to stay abreast of the latest Green Building principles so that your home is built with integrity and informed responsibility.
Following is a list of standard practices we use to aid in the efficiency and performance of your home:
- Glue down sill plates – We seal them off from air, insects, and infiltration.
- Exterior sheathing – ZIP Board with tape – This provides a tighter exterior and houses perform drastically better on blower door tests.
- Caulk and prep package – We caulk joints on exterior walls where wood touches wood – including studs, headers, tight top plates, sill plates on main level, and upper level floors.
- Icynene Foam – We use open cell, full encapsulation of the home and exterior shell. This provides tremendous benefits to the homeowner.
- Duct blaster tests – We test the HVAC duct work for tightness (prior to the homeowner occupying the house) and insure that we aren’t losing any air to leaks.
- Blower door tests
- High efficiency HVAC systems – We use a two-stage or variable speed unit versus a less efficient single stage unit.
- Efficient windows
- Engineered footers and foundation walls with poured walls
- Follow up with waterproofing – We protect the foundation and run PVC pipes away from the structure.
- Engineered floor systems for minimum deflection – We use an open web truss system for the floors. All the duct work, electrical, and water, etc. are able to run in that area, which allows for full height ceilings in basement areas. We try to prevent lowering ceiling heights, which is why Collins Building Group basements don’t feel like basements.
- Fresh air returns when needed
- HVAC in conditioned spaces
To learn more about any of our common practices, schedule a meeting today.