Avonridge is known for its Energy Smart building; our houses consistently rank high on the HERS® Index. All homes are certified by a Home Energy Rater (HER), an Energy Star certified independent agent. Energy Star qualified products and practices help you save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Energy Star label also designates superior energy performance in homes and buildings.
WHAT IS A HERS® RATING?
The HERS (Home Energy Rating System) rating is a measure of the expected energy savings compared with a brand new home built to code. A rating of 100 is the rating of a brand new home built to code. Our homes have been recently tested and earned a rating of 52 by independent third party certified professionals. This means that a new Avonridge Energy Star home will use 48% fewer dollars to heat and cool a home.
THE WHOLE HOUSE APPROACH
For a house to receive ranking on the HERS® Index, it has to be applied to the entire building process – from the construction blueprints to onsite inspection. The HERS® puts the blueprints through a software analysis that determines the energy efficiency of the proposed structure. Once the plan is reviewed by the HERS® software, the rater and the builder will work together to improve energy efficiency throughout the whole house. Each area will meet ENERGY STAR® requirements.
Avonridge Homes feature low E, argon filled windows and patio doors. Low-E glass works like sunblock to help protect your home and furniture from ultraviolet (UV) light. These windows have insulation values 50% better than standard double pane glass windows.
Properly installed and inspected insulation in floors, walls, and attics ensures even temperatures throughout the house, reduced energy use, and increased comfort. The combination of a tightly sealed, well insulated home makes an Avonridge home very inexpensive to heat and cool. Avonridge homes are estimated to be 45% better insulated than current International Residential Code standards.
ENERGY STAR qualified appliances incorporate advanced technologies and use 10 to 50 percent less energy than standard appliances.
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. Avonridge HVAC systems are multi -zone hydro-air systems including an Energy Star rated Weil-McLain Ultra 230 High Efficiency 93% AFUE natural gas fired boiler. The air conditioning units are 14.5 SEER units, uses ozone responsible R410A refrigerant which merits the US EPA’s most stringent environmental ratings. Humidifiers introduce humidity during the heating cycle to provide comfort and protect the home. Air cleaners remove particles down to three microns from the indoor air removing removing allergens and pollutants.
An ENERGY STAR qualified compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) uses about 75 percent less energy than a comparable standard incandescent bulb.
OTHER GREEN FEATURES
The siding on many of Avonridge’s homes is fiber cement siding which come prefinished from James Hardie, the manufacturer. The raw materials are low in toxicity – wood pulp, cement, sand and water (recycled up to 4 times). The siding and paint finish are extremely durable: Longer lasting materials not only require fewer resources for replacement but also reduce maintenance and repair costs.
Floor joists are engineered I-joists in compliance with the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI). These joists are 50% stronger than dimension lumber with half the wood fiber. All subflooring and sheathing are engineered for air and moisture resistance to promote a well-sealed building envelope. Avonridge uses advanced framing techniques to eliminate waste and allow for efficient insulation.