We know that green building is about stewardship: of resources, of finances, and of the environment. At Degnan Design Builders, Inc., the principles of stewardship are part of our core values, so green building is a natural part of our process. We approach green building in three ways: through our Business Practices, through the decision making process with our clients, and in our personal decisions.

Business Practices

  • Cardboard Recycling and proper debris disposal
  • Job site toilet provision if facilities are not available
  • Erosion control and tracking prevention from the site
  • Building code compliance
  • Inclusion of landscaping in most contracts
  • Helping clients to weigh the costs
  • We build with a focus on Energy’s New Homes Program, and implement Home Performance with ENERGY STAR consultations into remodeling. We verify and quantify our performance with pre and post testing.
  • We recommend high efficiency furnaces and air conditioners that are over and above codes, using ECM furnace blowers, 14 SEER air conditioners, or even super-efficient heat pumps.
  • We recommend future-proofing by including solar energy and renewable-ready measures in your project as the budget allows.
  • We work with professional resources to capture subsidies and tax credits when available
  • We design homes efficiently with an emphasis on efficient use of space, energy, and of resource for a lower total cost of operation.
  • We help you choose locally produced or sustainably harvested building materials that require less shipping and have less impact on the envirionment.

Personal Decisions

  • We work with written Trade Contractor Agreements and Scopes of Work to ensure that quality, recycling and other performance standards are met.
  • We choose geographically local jobs when possible, and local trade contractors when appropriate.
  • We choose vehicles that are appropriate to our business and family needs while taking efficiency into account.
 

Our Recommendations Results In Homes The Have the Following;

  • Mold Growth Prevention - This is accomplished with our intelligent wall system, exterior foundation insulation, and under-slab insulation for basement floors.
  • Proper Mechanical Ventilation - Fresh air make-up, air-to-air exchangers, whole house dehumidification, and ultra-quiet bathroom ventilation fans. We say “Build tight, ventilate right.
  • Dust Control - Central vacuum systems make dust removal because your vacuum is always at hand.
  • High Efficiency Air Filtration  - We spec the best filtration systems for furnaces and air conditioning systems.
  • ECM Brushless Blowers - An Electronically Commutated Motor variable speed blower on your furnace can run continuously, slowly, and quietly to filter air and reduce dust in your home.