Recently we shared a list of the high quality, new construction home standards of our in-house builder, Patriot Builders. It's no secret that many Patriot Builders' standards are considered pricey upgrades by other homebuilders. Having high standards means our new homeowners enjoy a beautiful house that is comfortable, healthy, and energy-efficient. In fact, we're finding that energy performance is increasingly a top requirement for today's homebuyer.
With the cost of energy rising, so are utility bills. Knowing the demand for energy efficiency, Patriot Builders is, once again, beating its competitor's typical standards.
Why? Because we care. Patriot Builders understands that a well-constructed, thoughtfully-built home offers consistent temperatures, is less drafty, and has better indoor air quality. Our houses provide plenty of efficient comfort without compromising on quality or style. Residents of our Southern Living-Inspired Community deserve nothing but the best. That's why Patriot Builders' homes include the most advanced technology in HVAC, roofing, insulation, and more. Here are some examples:
Energy-efficient exterior standards
Every Patriot Builder home comes with Pella™ windows and doors with Sunshade. Even on the hottest and coldest days of the year, you can feel a difference with these high-performance windows. Plus, they meet and often beat ENERGY STAR® guidelines. What's more, every home comes with insulated garage doors. These keep the heat from escaping the garage in the winter and prevent hot air from entering in the summer. It makes for both a more comfortable garage and home.
Energy-efficient mechanical standards
Heating and cooling a home can get very expensive, especially during peak summer and winter months. That's why we install top-tier Lennox 14 SEER HVAC systems. SEER measures the ratio of cooling capacity to power input, and the higher the rating, the more efficient the air conditioner. At 14, we meet the efficiency standard, and we even include a separately zoned master suite. That way, you can sleep comfortably at whatever temperature you wish without overcooling or overheating the rest of your home.
Energy-efficient structural standards
Patriot Builder homes use innovative Zip Wall Sheathing. You may have seen this green product in a "This Old House" episode. It's a product that forms a tight barrier against air and water leakage. The Zip System creates a building envelope that increases both interior comfort and energy efficiency. For the roof, we use Radiant Barrier Sheathing. It's superior because it has a thin layer of aluminum that is pre-laminated to an OSB panel, creating a more effective radiant barrier. In fact, it blocks up to 97% of radiant heat transfer through the roof, which reduces attic temperatures by as much as 30º F. And speaking of attics, we can't forget about insulation. We use closed-cell spray polyurethane foam (SPF), one of the most efficient insulating materials commercially available to date. SPF offers the highest R-value per inch, which means better energy savings. SPF does such a great job of minimizing air leaks in walls and roofs it can save homeowners up to 15 percent on heating and cooling costs.
Energy-efficient interior standards
Appliances can often be big energy hogs. That's not the case with Patriot Builders’ home. Our standard appliance package is the stylish yet efficient GE Café series. These fixtures are not only beautiful to look at, each is ENERGY STAR® certified. Our new homeowners get to maximize their energy savings without sacrificing the distinctive appliance features they want.
If you're curious to learn more about Patriot Builders' homes, give us a shout. We're happy to answer your questions and would love to show you some gorgeous homes in our Southern Living-Inspired Community. For a personalized tour (either virtual or safely, socially-distant), contact us today.