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WHAT IS A HEALTHY HOME?
A healthy home means the materials inside not only do the least harm to the environment but to you and your family's health and proper construction rules. Materials should have low volatile organic compound, or VOC, content. This refers to the chemicals and compounds found in paints, woodwork, furnishings, adhesives and flooring.
 
Breath ability also is important. On one hand, going green stresses tightening your home to cut energy costs, but that can mean poorer natural ventilation. To solve this, install a central ventilation system. In addition, use materials with low-carbon emissions and recycled materials where possible. Making your home healthy is vital for you and a great marketing plus for a prospective buyer.

WHY SHOULD I BUILD A HEALTHY HOME?
New homes are constructed with products and materials that are either made of, or treated with, a whole host of dangerous chemicals. But you can build the same home with high-quality, durable, non-toxic products and materials, at no additional cost!
 
The EPA has stated that the air pollution levels inside the average new home in the United States are 2 to 5 times worse than the air pollution levels outside. Indoor air pollution from dangerous (and often toxic) chemicals linked to the dramatic rises in childhood asthma and respiratory diseases, and chemical sensitivity in adults. Relatively few of the chemical compounds used to create or treat conventional building materials tested for their effects on humans, and almost none for their effects on children. Many of the most dangerous compounds (e.g. pesticides, mildew ides, urea formaldehyde, vinyl chloride, chromate copper arsenate) are commonly found in conventional building materials. The energy crisis we experienced in the early 70's lead to construction of airtight homes and office buildings that keep heating and cooling costs down, but also trap these chemicals inside with us! Paints, carpets, insulation, caulking, adhesives, composite wood products, soil treatments, and fumes from natural gas appliances all contain toxic volatile organic compounds (VOCs). In addition, there are a number of natural VOCs and other toxins, like molds and radon, found in most homes due to poor construction and design. EPA.gov

DOES IT COST MORE TO BUILD A HEALTHY HOME?
Cost has been one of the biggest obstacles to green healthy materials not any more (and sometimes less!) than conventional products, thanks to increased demand and production. More manufacturers of building components are shifting their focus to green. The cost gap is closing significantly. Labor costs may rise slightly if the builders are not familiar with the materials or with healthy building techniques, but even then the total increase is typically just 1-5% of total cost to build. Energy savings alone will make up for the extra cost in a year or two, and give significant savings afterwards. In addition, the real estate industry nowestimates that a healthy house is 5-15% more valuable than a conventionally built home, providing a substantial gain when you decide to sell. Lastly, and probably most importantly, the health and well-being of your family members, and avoidance of costly medical bills in the future, are the best reasons to build a healthy, non-toxic home.
 
A high performance Home Begins with ENERGY STAR  Blue:
Homebuilders and homebuyers across the country are increasingly interested in green building. But what exactly makes a home green? Green building means improving the way that homes and homebuilding sites use energy, water, and materials to cut.
impacts on human health and the environment. Building a high performance home means making environmentally preferable and sustainable decisions throughout the building process-decisions that will decrease the environmental impact of the home while being built and over the many years lived in.
Did You Know?
 
Did you know that a typical home can cause twice the greenhouse gas emissions of the typical car?
What should homebuyers look for first in a high performance home?
Energy efficiency is the place to start. That's because the energy used in homes often comes from the burning of fossil fuels at power plants, which contributes to smog, acid rain, and risks of global climate change. So, the less energy used, the less air pollution generated. And the easy way to make sure a new home is energy-efficient is to look for the blue ENERGY STAR  mark, the government-backed symbol for energy efficiency. 
 
ENERGY STAR  qualified homes are independently verified to meet strict guidelines for energy efficiency set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. These homes save money on utility bills, offer a more comfortable living environment with better indoor air quality, and help protect the environment.
Did You Know?
Each ENERGY STAR  qualified home can keep 4,500 lbs of greenhouse gases out of our air each year. And because homes have such long life spans, this environmental benefit lasts for many, many years.

Typical features to look for in ENERGY STAR  qualified homes include:
 
 An Efficient Home Envelope:with effective levels of wall, floor and attic insulation properly installed, comprehensive air barrier details, and high-performancewindows.
 Efficient Air Distribution, where ducts are installed with minimum air leakage and are effectively insulated;
 Efficient Equipment for heating, cooling, and water heating;
 Efficient Lighting, including fixtures that earn the ENERGY STAR ; and
 Efficient Appliances, including ENERGY STAR  qualified dishwashers, refrigerators, and clothes washers.
 
These energy efficiency improvements save homeowners money — about $200 to $400 per year on utility bills. More importantly, monthly energy savings can easily exceed any additional mortgage cost for the energy efficiency improvements, resulting in a positive cash flow from the first day of home ownership. As a result, the cost-effectiveness of ENERGY STAR  improvements can help offset additional costs associated with other high performance home features.
 
What comes after energy efficiency?
Homebuyers can also look for the Indoor airPLUS label — a new specification developed by EPA address the indoor environment part of green building. Homes that meet this level of excellence are first qualified as ENERGY STAR , and then also incorporate more than 60 more home design and construction features to control moisture, chemical exposure, radon, pests, ventilation, and filtration. Together, these features help protect qualified homes and their residents from mold, chemicals, combustion gases, and other airborne pollutants.
 
Completing the high performance home picture:
Through ENERGY STAR  qualified homes and the Indoor airPLUS Program, homebuyers can address two critical high performance home elements. Then, look to the wide variety of available high performance home programs to complete the picture with water-efficient products, renewable energy technologies, waste reduction, recycling, and sustainable land development practices.
 
Healthy Homes
If you read the information provided below, you'll be hard pressed to think of a reason not to build your new home with healthy building materials and techniques. Most people spend over 90% of their time indoors. Your home is a very important environment where you and your family may spend much of your time. This brochure offers ways to make your home a healthy place. It includes information on indoor and outdoor air quality, pesticides, toxic household products, mold, tobacco smoke, radon, drinking water contaminants and making your home “green”. It has a little information about many different topics and links to web sites to learn more. You can try the web links throughout the brochure or go to the federal agency web sites listed below to learn more about a particular topic that interests you.
 
Space Efficient high performance Homes
The days of bragging about how big of a home you own we think is over. Incorporating efficient use of space within a home design comes with years of experience. The less square footage needed, the less construction cost and less heat loss.
 
 CHB Custom Homes strives to make the best use of space in their designs by:
  • Creating an open floor plan design (eliminating as many walls as possible).
  • Developing traffic patterns to cut the need for hall area.
  • Obtain multiple uses of space where proper (more than one function per area).
  • Use radius walls to improve traffic flow and create a larger appearance.
  • Use the interior volume by not wasting available space.
  • Sculpture the interior by building in furniture, lighting, etc.
  • Choose a well insulated exterior wall system that does not eat up interior space due to its excessive thickness.
 
Pollutant Free Homes
Responsibility for controlling a home's pollutant sources lies with both the builder and the homeowner. Careful choice of construction materials and finishes inside the house very effective in eliminating the sources of air pollution from the building itself. However, even if non-polluting materials used in construction, the occupant may move in with particle board furniture, aerosols, and cleaners that will permeate the house in a matter of hours.
 
There are other pollutants generated by occupants that cannot be eliminated at the source. Carbon dioxide and moisture have to be managed by either dehumidification or exhausting to the outside of the building. Exhausting warm, moist, house air, however, has obvious energy penalty.
 
Controlled ventilation maintains indoor health and comfort. Air quality in homes has become poor as builders strive to make homes tighter. CHB Custom Homes realized it is not practical to try to build a home so it leaks just enough but not too much.
 
The CHB Custom Homes approach is to build as tight as economically possible and include controlled, heat-recovery ventilation. This assures healthy air quality, reduces heat loss, and keeps homes cleaner and more comfortable.
 
Affordable high performance Homes
CHB Custom Homes has always evaluated energy-saving features cost effectively--if it saves more in energy cost than it adds to the mortgage interest cost per year, do it! Don't settle for a standard constructed home when you can receive more value for less cost with the right choice of energy-saving features in a CHB Custom home.
 

CHB Is Leading in Energy Efficient Homes
CHB Custom Homes has been the leader in designing and building cost effective energy efficient homes since 2005. A house is a system of interconnected elements. CHB Custom Homes strives to combine all the parts with careful emphasis on economics, durability, maintenance and comfort and energy efficiency.
 
CHB Custom Homes success in designing and building homes depends upon understanding the physical forces that create a tug of war between the outside and the inside environments.
 
CHB Custom Homes applies the latest in building science to its homes. Our “total concept” approach seeks to enhance living comfort and home sustainability through every one of our energy saving features, including proper insulation, heat recovery ventilation, alternative heating and cooling systems, earth sheltering, new window technologies, advanced framing, and more.
 
Climate Conscious
Since heating requirements vary depending on place, we offer a variety of construction methods from which to choose. The CHB design considers not only climate but also utility cost as factors when determining construction standards. This gives our clients the ability to choose conservation methods for their specific needs.
 
Advanced Framing
CHB Custom Homes use only as much wood framing as is structurally necessary, leaving more room for insulation. This construction method eliminates structurally unnecessary wood members and replaces them with insulation.
 
Advanced framing conserves wood, reduces heat loss and saves money without compromising the structural strength of the building.
 
Modern Home
The definition of modern is a home design for today’s home owner providing the latest in cost effective, energy efficient, comfortable, healthy, green, sustainable technology.
 
High Performance Home Design Concepts
Besides energy efficiency, there are other key elements unique to all of our designs. Affordable means just that. Starting the first year, properly chosen features should return more dollars in energy savings than they will cost you annually. Style enhanced through the utilization of open designs, and low maintenance exteriors. Protecting against rising energy prices adds to your security and your home’s future value.
 
Our ongoing commitment to research and evaluating new products and construction techniques, incorporating those we find true value into each new CHB Custom Home design.
 
Space Management in High Performance Homes
The days of bragging about how big of a home you own we think is over. Incorporating efficient use of space within a home design comes with years of experience. The less square footage needed, the less construction cost and less heat loss.
 
CHB Custom Homes strives to make the best use of space in their designs by:
1) Creating an open floor plan design (eliminating as many walls as possible).
2) Developing traffic patterns to cut the need for hall area.
3) Obtain multiple uses of space where needed (more than one function per area).
4) Use radius walls to improve traffic flow and create a larger appearance.
5) Use the interior volume by not wasting available space.
6) Sculpture the interior by building in furniture, lighting, etc.
7) Choose a well insulated exterior wall system that does not eat up interior space due to its excessive thickness.
 
Building Shape
Building shape is also a major concern for a good, energy-efficient, modern home design. Our goal is to design an attractive home with the least amount of exterior surface area without sacrificing good aesthetic appeal.
 
The shape of a home can play a considerable role in how energy-efficient it is. A more compact, open-design concept can maximize the interior space use, while reducing exterior wall surface area.           
 
When we cut the surface area, we reduce heat transfer. Shapes that make good ratios of surface area to volume are more energy-efficient.
 
Earth Sheltered Home
Earth sheltering is a significant benefit if your lot is conducive. The sun and earth combined for comfort! This is the blending of aCHB Custom Home with its site to help meet a low profile, in addition to providing energy savings.
 
Smart planning and design leads to improved comfort, better livability, and money and energy savings and a home that will serve your enjoyment for years to come.
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