Brock Built’s dedication to environmental cognizance and preservation led to the development of the GreenSmart® program. The GreenSmart Program effectively saves energy and money. Buildings currently consume 40% of all energy in the United States. Buildings constructed under the GreenSmart program are much more efficient, inherently meaning they will consume significantly less. This consequently leads to less expensive utility bills, saving homeowners hundreds of dollars annually. The GreenSmart Program is very comprehensive and consists of multiple components developed in order to preserve both the environment and the wallet of our customers. The program consists of the following standards:
Radiant Barrier Roofing
The GreenSmart program incorporates the sole use of Radiant Barrier Roofing. This specific roofing material blocks out 97% of all radiant heat going into the attic. This acts as an external form of protection that keeps your home naturally cooler. The use of Radiant Barrier Roofing has been proven to reduce homeowners’ monthly air conditioning costs by up to 17%.
All GreenSmart homes are entirely covered in House Wrap. House Wrap is a protective material that prevents air and water infiltration of your home structure. The wrap further seals the house, yet allows it to breathe to avoid condensation buildup. This better seal contributes to the lowered energy costs of homeowners.
Windows and Exterior Doors
In order to fulfill the standards of the GreenSmart Program, all openings between windows, door assemblies, jambs, and framing must have a spray foam sealant applied. Tape and silicon are also applied around all windows in order to further seal them and protect your home from the elements. Brock Built uses low emissivity glass; a coated glass product that reflects heat, in order to lower homeowners’ energy costs. This glass has a very low Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SGHC); the standard measurement of a windows shading ability. The windows reduce energy costs by preventing sunlight from heating up your home, inherently maintaining a more constant temperature within the home.
The GreenSmart Program requires the sealing of the attic stairs and knee walls, as well as all of the exterior utility penetrations. The building’s thermal envelope is sealed to limit infiltration. It also requires the application of mastic and caulk on all HVAC boots. This extensive sealing process ultimately encloses the home and protects it from air permeation.
The GreenSmart program utilizes a Spray-On Fiberglass Insulation System for thermal and sound control. When this system is sprayed into a wall cavity, it fills around pipes, wires, electrical outlets and other objects, virtually eliminating gaps and voids, and significantly reduces air infiltration. The increased density of fiberglass delivers higher R-values, and provides excellent noise control properties.
One of the primary components of the GreenSmart Program is the conservation of water. Water conservation is achieved through setting maximum gallon per minute (GPM) standards on plumbing fixtures. Lavatory fixtures are set at a low flow 1.5 GPM, shower fixtures are set at a 1.75 GPM low flow setting, and tub fixtures are also set at a low flow 1.75 GPM. Toilets are set at a standard of 1.6 gallons, but the GreenSmart Program offers an optional 1.28-gallon as well.
The heating, ventilation, and air conditioning of a home typically accounts for a large part of every homeowners utility bills. This is why the GreenSmart Program utilizes 14 Seer A/C units, which save hundreds of dollars annually when compared to a standard 13 Seer air conditioning unit. High efficiency gas furnaces are also used in GreenSmart homes. These furnaces pay for themselves with the outstanding savings they offer. They provide a more comfortable temperature and the quietest noise level. Digital Programmable Thermostats are the last component of a GreenSmart home’s HVAC system. These thermostats are proven to cut utility bills for homeowners up to 20%.
Under the GreenSmart Program, 50% of all light bulbs within each home must be high efficiency bulbs. This protects the environment by conserving a considerable amount of energy. On average, high efficiency bulbs use 75% less energy than standard incandescent bulbs, saving roughly $40 in electricity costs over the course of the bulbs lifetime. Additionally, high efficiency bulbs produce about 75% less heat, consequentially resulting in safer operation and lower home cooling costs.
Brock Built proudly and exclusively uses ENERGY STAR Appliances under the GreenSmart Program. ENERGY STAR dishwashers are roughly 41% more efficient than the current 2007 Federal standard dishwasher, and they save an average of $120 over the life of the product. 20-30% more energy efficiency can be expected from an Energy Star refrigerator, opposed to non-qualified refrigerators. Qualified Energy Star washing machines typically use 37% less energy and over 50% less water than regular washers, despite their larger load capacity.
Quality and functionality testing are mandated under Brock Built’s GreenSmart Program, resulting in a Duct Tightness Test and Blower Door Test. Testing is always performed by a certified verifier test. The test requires less than 7 air changes per hour at 50 Pascal’s, the unit of measurement for air pressure (7 ACH50). These tests reassure the premium optimality of Brock Built’s homes, saving the consumer money and from future headaches resulting from dysfunctional products. Brock Built always strives to provide the best quality, most efficient, and environmentally friendly home to all of our fellow “green-minded” individuals.