Green Building and Quality Construction

We suppose you could say that the folks at Highlight Homes are all “outdoorsy” types. Not only do we love what we do for a living, we especially love the fact that most of what we do takes place in the Great Outdoors. When we’re not working, chances are we’re playing in the woods or fishing on a river somewhere. It’s never lost on us that the materials we use to build, including the very framework with which we base our homes or home additions, are among some of the Earth’s most precious natural resources. With our combined love of building fine homes and doing our part to protect the environment, Highlight Homes is most proud of our distinction of being a Green Builder. Aside from the great care we devote to developing special communities featuring an abundance of beautiful Green Space, Highlight Homes and Highlight Home Restorations also places a major emphasis on designing homes and home additions that reduce energy consumption and material waste. We place products that aid in less energy consumption in every home we build, and all construction debris is disposed of through recycling. The benefit to the homeowner is found not only in their utility bills, but also in the comfort, durability and air quality of their home – effectively enhancing their quality of life.

Our dedication to developing our own Earth-friendly initiatives and carefully following green building guidelines are an important piece of what sets us apart from other Atlanta builders. In order to become a certified Green Builder, certain criteria must be met and recognized by third-party certification programs such as Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED), the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Green Building Program, Energy Star and Earth Craft House. Highlight Homes has certifications from all four of these nationally and regionally recognized programs.

There are many factors that play a role in Highlight Homes’ Green Building and Quality Construction practices, from the beginning of a project to its successful completion. While we often construct homes to meet the criteria of these nationally and regionally recognized certification programs, we also set a higher standard for ourselves – aptly named “The Highlight Homes Method.” Thorough planning is crucial and occurs long before the home is actually built. We continuously review the latest construction products and green building methods in order to best improve a home’s health, comfort and value as well as to reduce the overall operating cost. Site selection and stewardship are key to assuring we don’t negatively impact the environment in which a home will be based. Through thoughtful design and responsible construction strategies we can minimize the impact on the site because less time is spent on-site on building activities and staging. Energy efficiency is achieved through the use of the appropriate building science, technology and equipment – leading to lower operating costs for the homeowner. A Highlight Home is well-sealed and insulated – our carefully planned finishes and quality construction practices will aid in enhancing the indoor environmental quality – safeguarding the health of the home’s future occupants. Finally, we have an In-house Quality Assurance team that thoroughly inspects the house not only once it is completed, but also throughout the construction process. We continually strive to improve our construction practices, both for the environment and for the benefit of our homeowners.

 

 

 

Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design for Homes (LEED-H) Program:  National system that recognizes excellence in Green Building – made up of volunteer members of the U.S. Green Building Council who lend their expertise to the technical development of its criteria to meet one of four different levels:  Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum. In 2008, Highlight Homes was recognized as having met the LEED Gold Standard.

 
 

National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Green Building Program:  The NAHB hopes to move green initiatives into the mainstream for all of its builders/members by raising the bar with its recently developed National Green Building Program. Homeowners who buy homes with this distinction should know that their homes have met some of the highest standards set for Green Building.

 
 

Energy Star Program:  The Energy Star certification is based upon a set of strict guidelines established by the Environmental Protection Agency. Homes achieving this certification are at least 15% more energy efficient than homes built to meet the standard International Residential Code (IRC) established in 2004. Many Energy Star Homes include additional energy-saving features, making them typically 20-30% more efficient than IRC homes. Every Highlight Home meets the Energy Star standard.

 
 

Earth Craft House Program:  A regional certification program recognized in Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and Alabama – the aim of Earth Craft House is to help builders become better stewards of the environment. Homes built under these guidelines will be more energy efficient equating to reduced utility bills and a healthier living environment. Every Highlight Home that meets the distinction of becoming an Earth Craft House has demonstrated a 20-30%  greater energy performance than a standard home.