Here at Brookfield Residential, we’re invested in each customer’s quality of life. A big part of that quality is sustainability. Not only do we want you to love your home for its beautiful looks, but also for the careful planning that went into making it a High Performance Home. Who ever said you can’t have beauty and the brains, too? Through the Environments for Living® (EFL) program, Brookfield Residential ensures that all homes meet EFL Platinum standards in energy efficiency, durability and indoor air quality. Additionally, each home is professionally inspected by a third-party at the end of the construction process, resulting in a Home Energy Rating System Certificate.
This checklist is designed to highlight some of the features of a home built to the requirements of the Environments For Living® program's Platinum Level.
Ecovaluation Plan Review:
✔️ A process of evaluating the energy, environmental and economic impact of the construction of a new home.
✔️ Special framing techniques such as continuous air barrier and air sealing of penetrations help reduce internal leaks and drafts.
Improved Thermal Systems
✔️ Enhanced insulation techniques help to minimize voids and gaps, and higher thermal properties (R-value) add to energy efficiency.
✔️ Air sealing supply and return duct connections can help reduce internal leaks.
✔️ Low "emissivity" windows have protective coatings to help keep heat in during winter and heat out during summer.
✔️ "Right-sized" heating and cooling systems and sealed air ducts help equipment work efficiently. "Right-sized" refers to the process of determining which HVAC system should be used in any particular structure.
Internal Moisture Management
✔️ Vents, pressure balancing and fresh air ventilation work to reduce moisture in multiple ways.
Fresh Air Ventilation:
✔️ Fresh air ventilation systems deliver filtered fresh air at a minimum rate of 7.5 cubic feet per minute per person plus .01 cubic feet per minute per square foot of conditioned area, to help reduce dust, odors and indoor contaminants.
✔️ Combustion appliances in conditioned spaces are sealed or power-vented to help avoid build-up of carbon monoxide, and vent-free fireplaces are not allowed. Carbon monoxide detectors are required in all homes.
Air Pressuring Balancing:
✔️ Balanced air pressure throughout the home results in more even temperatures and reduces the potential for condensation build-up.
ENERGY STAR® Qualified:
✔️ Homes built to program specifications will be at least 30 percent more energy efficient than homes built to the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code.
Our lower score means a more efficient home. The Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index grades a home’s energy performance in a number format. The lower the HERS number the more energy efficient a home is. The average Brookfield Residential HERS rating is 62.
*Brookfield Residential features, construction practices and participation in the Environments for Living program are specifically designed to reduce energy consumption and increase comfort while reducing the impacts on our environment. These practices are part of the on-going sustainability initiatives and stewardship that make Brookfield Residential one of the best places to live. Environments For Living® is a registered service mark of TopBuild Home Services. It does not infer sponsorship, approval, or affiliation with any other program or green building certification other than those specifically stated in the product features, warranty or contract. Prices, plans, dimensions, features, specifications, materials, and availability of homes or communities with these performance improvements are subject to change without notice or obligation. Average HERS ratings are calculated across all plans sold and are not indicative of any one plan or community. Illustrations are artist’s concepts only and may differ from completed improvements or individual home performance. Copyright © 2017 Brookfield Residential – All Rights Reserved. Austin, TX
Environments for Living® guarantees the energy used to heat and cool your home will not exceed the guaranteed usage on your certificate.
If the energy does exceed the guaranteed usage, the Environments for Living® program will reimburse 100 percent of the cost of the difference between the guaranteed usage and the heating/cooling energy used.