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Earth Day is a day where many people plant a tree, recycle and try to make an effort to conserve energy, particularly when it comes to their home. This year the Department of Energy is giving citizens a chance to get some home efficiency questions answered by hosting a special Google+ hangout on Monday April 22nd at 3pm. The live discussions will be streamed on Google+, YouTube and energy.gov/live.
The average American family spends $2,000 per year on their home energy bills. Unfortunately, most of this money is wasted on energy leaks and drafts. When you consider that the residential sector accounts for 22 percent of energy consumption upgrading your home to be more energy efficient is a great way to save money and minimize your impact on the planet. If you’re building a new home and energy-efficiency and sustainable home building products are on the top of your ‘must have’ features you’ll want to consider browsing through hundreds of stock green house plans to find your dream green home.
The Earth Day Google+ hangout will not only give citizens the opportunity to learn about several new approached to home efficiency upgrades but will also be a platform to share your best energy saving tips with others.
According to recent posting on Energy.gov, “Whether you want tips on increasing the comfort of your home information on rebates and tax credits, or details on how to incorporate solar and other renewable-energy technologies into the home, our panelists are ready to share solutions and advice. Until then, we look forward to viewing your video questions and engaging with you in a lively discussion on energy-saving solutions to benefit both our home and our world.”
And after your attend the hangout take your newfound information and visit The House Designers collection of ENERGY STAR® and Green House Plans. These house plans are designed to be affordable and energy efficient without sacrificing style and amenities. Check out the collection here at The House Designers and you’ll be on your way to living green in no time.
If you’re looking for an affordable way to build a sustainable home, than choosing off-the-shelf green house plans from The House Designers is a great option.
Once you’ve committed to building a new home, there are many questions you will need to ask yourself before you begin your search for the perfect house plan. Some are simple—what home styles appeal to you? How large a home do you wish to build? What design features are important to you? Do you prefer a one-story or two-story design and would you like the option to easily expand your living space with a basement floor plan or bonus room? Do you have plans to ‘age-in-place?’
If you answered yes, let The House Designers show you just how ‘green’ your new home can be. For the environmentalist in you they’ve got a huge selection of beautiful, certified green house plans.
You could hire an architect to draw up your house plans, but it’s costly and can take a considerable length of time. The more affordable and efficient choice is to select a stock house plan. There are literally thousands of green home plans available online in a wide range of styles, sizes, layouts and amenities. You can choose from THD’s exclusive selection of ENERGY STAR® and Green House Plans that are either ENERGY STAR® approved or LEED certified by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). If you find a stock house plan that you really like but isn’t quite perfect, they’ll customize it for you to ensure that it fits all your needs and preferences.
One significant benefit to choosing a stock green house plan is that it’s almost certainly been built somewhere, so any construction issues have already been discovered and ironed out. Of course you need to hire the right builder, preferably one who has experience in building sustainable homes similar to the one you plan to build.
A great stock green house plan like those offered by The House Designers will include many of the green features you are looking for, like solar heating, natural day-lighting, higher insulation levels, ENERGY STAR® products and energy efficient heating and cooling systems. If you like, you can add an ENERGY STAR® approved plan package to any of their house plans to provide detailed, complete blueprints for your builder to construct your new energy-efficient home.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “ENERGY STAR® certified new homes are designed and built to standards well above most other homes on the market today, delivering energy savings of up to 30 percent when compared to typical new homes. A new home that has earned the ENERGY STAR® label has undergone a rigorous process of inspections, testing, and verification to meet strict requirements set by the EPA, delivering better quality, comfort, and efficiency.
It’s the time of year when green begins to appear in the landscape and in the shops, but while you put on your bit of green for St. Patrick’s Day there are other ways you can be green too. Shopping for green house plans is one of many ways that you can help the environment and your wallet. With The House Designers collection of energy-efficient house plans you are sure to find a home that is efficient and affordable without sacrificing the style or amenities you want in your home.
All of the homes in The House Designer’s energy efficient collection are ENERGY STAR approved and come with an optional ENERGY STAR plan package. The collection includes everything from a Colonial ranch to a Victorian or cape cod style and features the latest in sustainable building technologies and eco-friendly home products.
One of our most popular house plans is the L’Attesa di Vita. This home is one floor and perfect for first time homebuilders. Among its key features are a daylight basement, a secluded study, and a covered rear porch. This home is perfect for entertaining and you won’t be short on space for a guest room with the optional basement guest suite package.
Another popular energy-efficient house plan is The Long Meadow house plan. This ranch, country house plan has plenty of living space for a family with three bedrooms and three bathrooms. A spacious master suite is the perfect refuge for homeowners, complete with his and hers closets, a large bathroom and sitting area. Below is the perfect place for family recreation, with a large space for a game room and a home theater.
The Berkshire house plan is another one of our popular house plans. Designed with the busy lifestyle of families of today in mind this house plan features a large great room with a gas log fireplace, the perfect place to entertain guests. The adjoining kitchen also has easy access to the neighboring dining room. One thing this house plan is not short on, is storage, all the bedrooms include large closets.
An energy-efficient home doesn’t have to be tiny. These 3,000 square foot and under homes are the perfect compromise when it comes to being green and stylish. You won’t need to sacrifice comfort or style with these ENERGY STAR approved homes from The House Designers.
Portland, Oregon (PRWEB) February 27, 2013
Gone are the days that a consumer or builder had to work with an architect or designer, sometimes for months or longer, to create and design a new home. Starting back in the early 1900s, home plan magazines began offering catalog house plans that could be ordered by phone or mail. The famed Sears, Roebuck and Company catalog sold more than 100,000 houses between 1908 and 1940 through their Modern Homes program.
Times have definitely changed with technology, and if it’s not innovative enough to order house plans online and receive them in a few days, The House Designers now offers home designs that can literally be received within minutes of ordering.
“In today’s fast-past world of technology where consumers shop online to purchase products and get questions answered immediately, The House Designers make acquiring house plans a quick and easy process by offering a new service called PDFs Now!,” said Tammy Crosby, Chief Operating Officer of America’s leading house plan provider. “Within minutes of ordering, consumers and builders can now receive electronic PDF files of construction-ready home plans.”
The house plans are complete working drawings from roof to foundation that includes everything a builder needs to construct a home. The House Designers has a fully trained, seasoned team of house plan specialists who can assist customers and builders with finding their dream home and then deliver it to them in minutes. PDFs are not only fast but they are earth-friendly conserving printing and shipping resources. Customers can print what they need and email the electronic PDF to contractors and supply houses for estimates and bidding.
Builders and consumers will be able to select from three unique packages:
PDF Bid Set: The PDF Bid Set is perfect for getting quick estimates and bids from the convenience of your computer, iPad or Smartphone. The bid set is stamped “Not for Construction” and is used to get estimates on supplies and contractors.
Construction PDF Set: The Construction PDF Set of house plans are complete construction working drawings sent electronically and ready to build.
5 Bond Sets + PDF Bid Set: This set is a printed set and PDF Bid set. It includes five printed sets and a PDF Bid Set for bidding and getting estimates. The PDF will be emailed in minutes and the bond sets will be mailed.
“We offer thousands of house plans in a wide variety of sizes and styles, as well as special collections like our award-winning ENERGY STAR house plans and our award-winning craftsman home plans,” Crosby said. “Our advanced search page allows consumers and builders to select lots of home details to make finding a home that meets their needs, lifestyle and budget easy and quick.”
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Don’t forget if you’re building a green home, it’s best to start with a stock ENERGY STAR and green house plan from The House Designers. Each home plan comes complete with all the guidelines a homeowner and builder needs to construct an energy-efficient and sustainable home that will meet the strict standards set forth by the EPA’s ENERGY STAR home program.
No really, there is much more on daylight savings time then you think. There is about two hundred years of history for a practice most of the United States does twice a year. While many states and territories observe this practice on Sunday November 4th, it is not mandated for all states and territories. Federal Law instead, stipulates that any region that does observe daylight savings sets their clocks back one hour at 2 a.m. on the last Sunday of October. This practice might seem a bit silly, but there is a very thought out rationale to this dating back hundreds of years.
The idea behind daylight savings is to extend the number of daylight hours in the evening in order to save electricity. Benjamin Franklin gets the credit for this idea, but it wasn’t put into wide spread practice right away.
The first instance of daylight savings being put into wide use was World War I. Germany implemented the practice in order to help conserve energy for the war effort, and Britain followed suit as did the United States. In 1918, President Wilson wanted to keep the time change, but it was repealed because farmers thought it kept them out of sync with the cities.
The same thing happened in World War II. The government instituted daylight savings but then when the war ended, the more industrialized country, didn’t care much about losing the evening light. So they left the clocks alone and chaos ensued. In 1966, the issue was resolved with the Uniform Time Act of 1966, which stated that states did not have to observe daylight savings but if they choose to, the whole state had to comply. Furthermore, the federal government would determine the dates to “spring forward” and “fall back.”
Since it was implemented, daylight savings has been extended three times and it now encompasses from March to November. However, none of the history answers the million-dollar question. Does manipulating a clock really change the way we consume energy?
When daylight savings was first proposed in the late 18th Century, its goal was to try to eliminate the use of incandescent lighting, which was the primary use of electricity. However, energy usage patterns have greatly changed in the last 200 years. Today, there is a lot of dispute over the modern effects of daylight savings, a sampling includes:
- An Australian study in 2000 found that when daylight savings was implemented during the winter months, energy consumption did not decrease. Yet, the morning peak load and prices increased.
- A 2008 study monitoring Indiana before and after the adoption of daylight savings concluded that residential energy consumption increased between 1 and 4 percent due to extra afternoon cooling and extra morning heating.
- In 2007, he United States Department of Energy concluded that overall energy consumption decreased by 0.5 percent during the extension of daylight savings. However, this report did not examine the use of heating fuels, nor did it analyze the entire eight month period.
When it comes to how daylight savings will affect your building plans, unless you are planning on building your home in Arizona or Hawaii, there is no avoiding the dark evenings that will start next week. However, if you decide that daylight savings is working against you, and you don’t want to pay an astronomical heating bill, then consider the selection of exclusive ENERGY STAR® home plans offered through our site.
During October’s Energy Awareness Month, Mark Clement, host of MyFixitUpLife home improvement radio show provides timely advice on selecting ENERGY STAR® qualified windows, doors and roofing products to the home to help homeowners save on yearly energy costs.
Ambler, PA (PRWEB) October 24, 2012
Homeowners looking to make smart, energy-efficient investments in their homes should always start with ENERGY STAR® qualified products. That’s the advice of Mark Clement, host of the MyFixitUpLife home improvement radio show and website.
“The easiest first step when looking to purchase doors, roofing, windows or any other major product for the home is to request ENERGY STAR® qualified products,” says Clement, a professional contractor with 20+ years experience. “A product that meets ENERGY STAR® requirements for a specific geographic area is constructed to help make the home as energy efficient as possible. Using several ENERGY STAR® qualified products together can really help ease the energy burden on the home, which can help save homeowners a great deal of money each year on energy costs.”
During October’s Energy Awareness Month, Clement offers these tips for homeowners:
Tip #1 – Visit the government’s ENERGY STAR® website at http://www.energystar.gov to learn as much as possible about energy efficient home products before making an investment in a major product for your home.
Tip #2 – When installing or replacing windows or patio doors, always choose ENERGY STAR® qualified, vinyl-framed products like those from Simonton Windows®. Vinyl is an excellent insulator, and some of the best windows have fusion-welded corners and multi-chambered construction for increased energy efficiency. When combined with a Low E glass package featuring a dense (but harmless) Argon or Krypton gas fill inside the units, these windows and patio doors can help lower energy bills by keeping a home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
Tip #3 – When it comes time to replace your roof, look for a “Cool Roof” that will help lower your home’s overall energy costs. A Cool Roof is measured by two properties, solar reflectance and thermal emittance. EcoBlend® polymer roofing tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes® have been verified by the independent Cool Roof Rating Council to meet or exceed requirements for ENERGY STAR® qualified roofing products to reflect sunlight and heat away from the home, helping increase the overall energy efficiency of the structure. These durable, impact-resistant polymer tiles are available in slate and shake profiles in a variety of colors.
Tip #4 – If you’re constructing a new home, consider an approved green home plan that meets the strict requirements of ENERGY STAR®. The House Designers offers an exclusive collection of more than 800 innovative, sustainable designs from leading architects and designers that come in a wide array of architectural styles and home sizes to choose from when building a new home.
Tip #5 – If your front entry door has air leaking in or doesn’t close properly, it’s time to invest in a new door. Stylish and secure, more than 94 percent of the fiberglass doors manufactured by Therma-Tru® (including those with decorative and privacy glass doorlites) meet national ENERGY STAR® qualifications. For added energy efficiency, homeowners can request the Tru-Defense® Door System* that includes enhanced weatherstripping, corner seal pad, door bottom sweep and profiled sill that all work together to provide strength and stability in the entry door.
For more home improvement tips, visit http://www.myfixituplife.com.
With Earth Day right around the corner it’s the perfect time to think about how you can incorporate green elements into your new or existing home. The House Designers is committed to providing homeowners and builders with affordable, sustainable house plans that take advantage of passive solar design and innovative green building products so you can save on utilities without sacrificing efficiency and aesthetics.
By building an energy efficient home you will not only be doing your part to reduce the strain on our natural resources, but provide your family with a safe, efficient home. In addition to offering the only collection of ENERGY STAR Approved House Plans, the editors at The House Designers provide weekly articles and tips to assist homeowners in understanding the benefits of building a green home.
Recent articles include: Saving Energy By Going Solar and Innovative Products to Insulate Your Home. For a complete list of articles please visit Product Ideas.
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Professional Builders October issue highlights some of the best and most innovative green house plans to promote efficient living. One of the plans selected for their House Review feature piece was the Evergreen Cottage House Plan from The House Designers.
This house plan took first place in The House Designers 2nd Annual ENERGY STAR Competition, where leading architects and designers presented their best concepts and design solutions to address the challenges faced by home builders to build innovative, energy-efficient homes.
“This competition is just one way we try to encourage our architects and designers to create new, authentic, sustainable, energy conscientious home plans in support of our partnership with ENERGY STAR®,” said Tammy Crosby, CEO of The House Designers, the internets leading provider of residential house plans. “Being featured in publications like Professional Builder and Green Builder Magazine are all part of our initiative to educate consumers and builders about the benefits of building a green home.”
The results of this year’s competition produced a new collection of sustainable homes that mix high-tech and low-tech materials and systems with timeless architectural styling with up-to-date floor plans to ensure years of easy, efficient living. These plans can only be found at The House Designers exclusive ENERGY STAR® Approved/Green House Plan collection.
The Evergreen Cottage House Plan was selected because it offers tremendous flexibility in its design, while offering the latest in green technology and innovation. Both active and passive energy saving technologies have been considered, with such features as 6-inch SIP exterior walls, a 20-square-foot grass roof tile system, a Gale Vertical Axis Winder Generator or a Wind-Finder hidden in the traditionally detailed cupola, a rainwater capture and storage system, along with photovoltaic and water heating panels.
“One of the things we want to come through [with House Review] is the fact that designers don’t have to radically change their design approach to incorporate green elements and energy efficient features,” said Larry W. Garnett, FAIBD, House Review Lead Designer. “Take the Evergreen Cottage where you have a very traditional design with a lot of sustainable features built into it.”
Equally important is that designers and builders start to educate consumers by making them aware of the products and services available to build a green home. Since house plans are the first step in building a home, it is imperative the designers and architects present a strong case for why consumers should build a green home. Companies like The House Designers and publications like Professional Builder and Green Builder Magazine are instrumental in ensuring the “green” home building movement continues to gain momentum.
New HD Green House Plan Videos from The House Designers
The House Designers recently added four new house plan videos to their House Designers YouTube Channel. Each house plan was recently featured in the ENERGY STAR House Plan Competition. This competition recognizes the most innovative new green house plans. These new videos were all created in High Definition featuring crisp, clear color renderings and floor plans so consumers and builders can visualize what these beautiful new homes will look like when they are built.
This two story green house plan features a a large bonus living space over the garage, which is joined to the main house by a covered breezeway. The foyer opens a flexible space on the left (great for a home office or cozy den), to the right is the dining room area which opens to the large great room complete with fireplace and high vaulted ceilings. The second floor features 2 bedrooms and a loft that share a bath. The kitchen is a cook’s delight complete with a large island, plenty of cabinets and work surfaces. The large breakfast nook has access to the covered patio, which is great for outdoor dining. The master bathroom is complete with a spa bath featuring a corner tub, walk-in shower, his and her vanities with make-up area, a private toilet chamber and a large walk-in closet. There is a large optional bonus space over the garage that can easily be converted into an apartment.
The designers and architects at The House Designers would like to encourage consumers and builders to submit their questions about building a green home since they are the leaders in designing authentic green house plans.
This week’s question:
Q: Will I be sacrificing performance and style using WaterSense® bath products?
A: Homeowners typically use over 70 gallons of water a day per person. Much of that usage stems from bathroom activities. High-design, high-efficiency plumbing products for toilets, faucets and showerheads are now available and can reduce water consumption by 20 percent. For example, water flows from a standard showerhead at 2.5 gallons per minute (gpm), so a 10-minute shower (with the water running continuously) nets 25 gallons. This is why using a WaterSense® approved showerhead is so important to water conservation in your home. WaterSense® products must have a flow rate of 2.0 gpm or less, while also meeting performance requirements for flow rate across a range of pressures, spray force, and spray coverage. When it comes to high efficiency toilets, these models must consumer no more than 1.28 gallons per flush. All faucets must have a GPM of 1.5 or lower. All products must obtain third-party verification in order to qualify for the WaterSense® label.
We encourage you to visit our collection of ENERGY STAR/Green House Plans as well as catch up on the latest green building products and trends in our Product Ideas section, including articles like “Stylish and Water Efficient Bath Products,” “Designing and Eco-Friendly Kitchen,” “What Makes a Home Green.”
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Earth Day is the perfect time to think about building a green home or updating your existing home with energy-efficient products so you can a create a more comfortable home that costs less to operate, lasts longer and provides a healthy living environment.
If you are planning on building a new home you should think green right from the start by selecting an ENERGY STAR® approved house plan. The construction drawings from this award-winning collection of green house plans make it easy to build a new home that takes advantage of everything from sustainable design to energy efficient building materials.
These new plans were part of an annual Green Home Plan Competition, designed to inspire consumers and builders to build healthy, affordable and energy efficient homes that incorporate green building techniques and eco-friendly products. The results are over 40 amazing, new, energy-efficient designs offered in a wide range of styles, sizes and amenities so you’re sure to find your dream green home.
These plans were recently recognized by Green Builder Magazine, which featured more than 25 of these award-winning designs in their latest issue. They were chosen because of their innovative designs and technical detailing featuring the latest in green materials and systems to provide total home comfort and efficiency. All these designs feature timeless architectural styles and practical/flexible layouts to ensure years of comfortable living without sacrificing amenities and aesthetics. These designs are also showcased in Her Dream Home magazine.
You can learn more about building a green home by visiting Green Building, a section dedicated to providing builders and consumers with the latest tips, trends and products about green building.
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The latest issue of Green Builder magazine features more than 25 new green house plans from the leading architects and designers at The House Designers. The house plans are designed with innovative materials and systems that promote healthy living. All these designs feature timeless architectural styles and practical/flexible layouts to ensure years of comfortable living.
Each house plan contains technical detailing so you can build an energy-efficient home. You’ll find these homes are designed with SIPs and ICFs, optimal framing and spray-foamed attics to provide total home comfort and efficiency.
Fantasy renderings were designed for each of the top “editor’s choice” plans so you can see what the home might look like when completed with eco-friendly furnishings.
Green Builder choose these plans from a collection of over 40 winners in a green house plan competition offered exclusively by The House Designers, which features the only collection of ENERGY STAR approved house plans.
Now is the perfect time to think about building a new home, so why not go “green” and build an energy-efficient and healthy home. The House Designers has just added over 40 new, innovative house plans, which are all ENERGY STAR approved and can’t be found anywhere else. All of the plans in this collection incorporate the latest in green building techniques and home building products.
This warm and charming Craftsman style house plan was “Voted Best in Total Home Comfort” because of its use of ENERGY STAR rated materials and Green Building practices. Its effective use of insulation, high-performance windows, tight construction and efficient heating and cooling equipment will ensure you and your family enjoy years of savings and total home comfort.
This contemporary two-story house plan took 2nd place in our recent Green House Plan Competition. It has a small footprint, which makes it perfect for urban areas and small lots. The main floor plan features an open living area, making it ideal for entertaining or interacting with family. A great flexible feature is the open carport, which can be used for an extending living space like a roof garden, outdoor living room or kitchen.
View the entire collection of new ENERGY STAR house plans.
The latest issue of Her Dream Home features a new collection of innovative, eco-friendly designs from the leading architects and designers in the United States. These new house plans were part of The House Designers and ENERGY STAR’s first ever Green House Plan Competition, designed to inspire consumers and builders to build an energy-efficient and healthy home that utilizes all the latest green building techniques and features the best in green home building products.
You’ll find over 40 of the most amazing and energy-efficient designs offered in a wide range of architectural styles, sizes and amenities. These unique house plans are only available on The House Designers.
This issue also features some great articles to help you create a healthy home environment. Find out about the best exterior products based on their performance and beauty in our article Stronger, Stylish Green Home Products.
Additional articles include The Top 10 Commandments to Home Design, which offers insightful tips to creating your dream home, as well as Our Editor’s Choice 5 Best Kitchen Appliance Suites. It may not be the most glamorous item you choose for your home, but insulation is key to providing your home with total comfort and efficiency while reducing your operating costs significantly. Insulation is Key Element to Your Home’s Efficiency is definitely word a read.
Check back frequently because we will be featuring a Green House of the Week to showcase the new collection. We’d love to know which one of these are your favorite so please share your thoughts and post a comment.