Alpharetta, GA – Award-winning locally owned Atlanta homebuilder, O’Dwyer Homes has been a 100% ENERGY STAR Certified homebuilder SINCE 2007. O’Dwyer Homes is a “Green” builder using environmental processes and products while building your home. A "Green Home” begins with ENERGY STAR blue. Green building means improving the way that homes and homebuilding sites use energy, water, and materials to reduce impacts on human health and the environment. Building a green homemeans making environmentally-preferable and sustainable decisions throughout the building process . . . decisions that will minimize the environmental impact of the home while it is being built and over the many years it will be lived in. An O’Dwyer ENERGY STAR qualified home offers homebuyers all the features they want in a new home, plus energy-efficient improvements that deliver better performance, lower ownership cost, environmental protection and it’s a smart investment. Dan O’Dwyer, President of O’Dwyer Homes say, “Why buy a used home and spend over $20K upgrading it to these standards when you can have a NEW home with the savings built in.”
To earn the ENERGY STAR, a home must meet guidelines for energy efficiency set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. These homes are at least 15% more energy efficient than homes built to the 2004 International Residential Code (IRC), and include additional energy-saving features that typically make them 20–30% more efficient than standard homes.
ENERGY STAR qualified homes can include a variety of 'tried-and-true' energy-efficient features that contribute to improved home quality and homeowner comfort, and to lower energy demand and reduced air pollution:
1. Effective Insulation
Properly installed and inspected insulation in floors, walls, and attics ensures even temperatures throughout the house, reduced energy use, and increased comfort.
2. High-Performance Windows
Energy-efficient windows employ advanced technologies, such as protective coatings and improved frames, to help keep heat in during winter and out during summer. These windows also block damaging ultraviolet sunlight that can discolor carpets and furnishings.
3. Tight Construction and Ducts
Sealing holes and cracks in the home's "envelope" and in heating and cooling duct systems helps reduce drafts, moisture, dust, pollen, and noise. A tightly sealed home improves comfort and indoor air quality while reducing utility and maintenance.
4. Efficient Heating and Cooling Equipment
In addition to using less energy to operate, energy-efficient heating and cooling systems can be quieter, reduce indoor humidity, and improve the overall comfort of the home.
5. Efficient Products
ENERGY STAR qualified homes may also be equipped with ENERGY STAR qualified products — lighting fixtures, compact fluorescent bulbs, ventilation fans, and appliances, such as refrigerators, dishwashers, and washing machines.
6. Third-Party Verification
With the help of independent Home Energy Raters, ENERGY STAR builder partners choose the most appropriate energy-saving features for their homes. Additionally, raters conduct onsite testing and inspections to verify the energy efficiency measures, as well as insulation, air tightness, and duct sealing details.
The benefits of using a locally owned Energy Star Certified Atlanta homebuilder include:
1. ADDED CONFIDENCE
Home buying is complex enough without having to know all the details of energy-efficient construction. Instead look for the government-backed ENERGY STAR label to easily identify homes that are truly energy efficient.
2. LOWER OWNERSHIP COST
Compared with standard homes, ENERGY STAR qualified homes use substantially less energy for heating, cooling, and water heating-delivering $200 to $400 in annual savings. Over the average 7 to 8 years you may live in your home, this adds up to thousands of dollars saved on utility bills.
3. BETTER PERFORMANCE
Properly installed energy-efficient improvements deliver better protection against cold, heat, drafts, moisture, pollution, and noise.
4. SMART INVESTMENT
By choosing a home with the ENERGY STAR label, you can be confident that it will have an increasingly valued feature when the time comes to sell.
5. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
Did you know that your home can be a greater source of pollution than your car? In fact, 16 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions are generated from the energy used in houses nationwide.
For more information on their ENERGY STAR standards, visit their Website at www.odwyerhomes.com or call 770-887-2177. Follow them on Twitter@odwyerhomes, search O’Dwyer Homes on Facebook and search O’Dwyer Homes on YouTube.