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Energy-Efficient, Environmentally Responsible Homes

Since 2010, CC Homes has used suppliers and materials in their communities that meet or exceed Federal green-building standards. What this means is that all of our new homes incorporate building products and techniques that result in a healthier, more energy-efficient, more environmentally responsible home.

We are committed to building homes that use products and materials that are environmentally friendly, that decrease the impact on natural resources, and that use green-building guidelines to promote conservation efforts.

Our greatest mission is to build communities where families can enjoy their homes, knowing they have been built with care and concern for future generations, as well as for the future of our environment.

Reasons for Green Building

All building processes have a vast impact on the natural environment, human health and the economy.

By adopting green building strategies, we can minimize both economic and environmental impact.

Green construction methods can be integrated into buildings at any stage, from design and construction, to renovation and deconstruction. However, the most significant benefits can be obtained if the design and construction are integrated into the earliest stages of the building process.

Green building is not a fad.

Nor is it a newly discovered direction or a trendy diversion. Green building began when people started to realize that all resources are finite and that the ecosystems, which support life are fragile and vulnerable.

It’s important to recognize that green building isn’t an all or nothing proposition. Even modest measures can result in significant savings of money, improvements in the health of the residents and conservation of resources.

Green homes are built a bit differently than traditional homes, but there’s absolutely no difference in appearance. The difference lies in the way a green-built home performs! For example, one green-qualified home can keep 4,500 pounds of harmful gasses out of the air each year. In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy estimates that the existing green-built, energy-efficient homes across America
are already reducing air pollution by an astonishing 100 million metric tons
every year.

A green-built home is more energy and water efficient.

The many benefits of Green Building

Important Savings

Green-built homes conserve resources, use energy and water more efficiently, cost less to maintain and operate and, because of the ongoing savings, have higher resale values.

Healthier Homes

Green-built homes are healthier homes because the techniques and materials used to build them and the systems that sustain them provide improved air quality and a safer living space.

A Better Environment

Green-built homes help reduce atmospheric pollutants, use scarce resources more efficiently, take advantage of recycled products, manage waste responsibly and respect the integrity of their natural settings.

The Green Building Guide to AIR

The New England Journal of Medicine reports that 45% of America’s children will develop respiratory disease – in part due to chemicals in their homes. The American College of Allergy estimates that 50% of all illness in this country is aggravated or caused by polluted indoor air.

The Environmental Protection Agency has found that air in new homes can be 10 times more polluted than outdoor air. In fact, they have identified illness caused by poor indoor air quality as the nation’s leading environmental health problem.

Electrostatic Air Filter

Why it's green

Reduces the incidence of larger airborne contaminates throughout the home. These filters offer MERV scores of up to 12 and can provide a DSE up to 60%.

  • Potential reduction in medical expenses due to fewer airborne threats to health and possible increase in home resale value

  • These filters capture large allergens such as mold spores and pet dander, improving the air quality of your home

Carbon Monoxide Detector

Why it's green

Warns of the intrusion of potentially lethal carbon monoxide gas into the home. Alerts residents to the presence of carbon monoxide in the home before levels become toxic.

  • Increases resale value of home

  • Helps prevent accidental death or serious illness

Green Label Carpet Selections

Why it's green

Certified Green Label carpet, padding and glues are test-proven to preserve indoor air quality by curbing emissions of harmful fumes, such as Volatile Organic Compounds.

  • Possible reduction in medical expense related to floors covered with high VOC carpets

  • Eliminates health concerns posed by high VOC soft floor coverings, particularly to children, the elderly and people of all ages who have lung diseases such as asthma.

  • Preserves quality of air through very low emission Volatile Organic Compounds

Low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) Paint

Why it's green

Low VOC paints contribute to healthier indoor air because they do not emit volatile organic compounds found in standard paint.

  • Potentially reduced medical expenses due to fewer allergic reactions and respiratory ailments

  • Fewer illnesses likely, due to elimination of harmful fumes, which can trigger a variety of health problems, particularly for children, the elderly and people who have lung diseases such as asthma.

  • Reduced use of products containing volatile organic compounds helps curb the production and exhaust of ground level ozone, which is detrimental to our long-term global sustainability because of its harmful effects to ecosystems.

CC Homes uses: Lexmark Carpet

Why it's green

Lexmark is LEED certified, using low VOC carpet, padding and glues in their certification.

  • Possible reduction in medical expense related to floors covered with high VOC carpets

  • Eliminates health concerns posed by high VOC soft floor coverings particularly to children, the elderly and people of all ages who have lung diseases such as asthma

  • Preserves quality of air through low emission Volatile Organic Compounds

CC Homes uses: Sherwin Williams Low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) Paint

Why it's green

Formulated with minimal amounts of volatile organic compounds, low VOC paints by Sherwin Williams provide the same durability and attractive colors as all other paints. Harmful fumes can continue to emit from standard paints for up to six years.

The Green Building Guide to WATER

Green building efforts that focus on water use in the home are intended to accomplish two things. First, to conserve the amount of water used in the home, since water is a particularly scarce and precious resource, especially here in Florida. Second, to improve the taste, purity and appearance of drinking water.

Water-Conserving Toilet

Why it's green

Properly used, a water conserving toilet can save up to 2,000 gallons of water each year. Re-engineered low flow or power-assisted toilets can also provide water savings.

  • Savings on water bills

  • Preservation of scarce water resources

Water-Saving Washing Machines

Why it's green

Energy Star and horizontal axis washing machines can use up to 40% less water than ordinary clothes washers, which can amount to savings of up to 6,800 gallons per year depending on the model selected. Models are available that automatically adjust the water level to the load size.

  • Save on water bills as well as energy to run the dryer since horizontal axis machines, due to their spin, also remove excess moisture, reducing drying time.

  • Preserve scarce supplies of potable water

CC Homes Uses: Kohler Toilets & Faucets

Why it's green

Reduces water flow with low flush toilets. Reduces shower flow while maintaining pressure.

  • Savings on water bills

  • Preservation of scarce water resources

Automatic Rain Sensor on Sprinkler System

Why it's green

Ultimately, the sensor reduces water waste, but also prevents water damage that can turn your lawn brown, as well as helps prevent potential disease or fungus to grow when lawns are watered while it rains.

  • Potential savings on replacing lawns, spraying pesticides for fungus and disease, medical bills and water bills.

  • Eliminate potential health risks caused by pesticide leakage into ground water.

  • Preserve scarce supplies of potable water.

Metal Hose Fittings - Connecting to Appliances

Why it's green

Why It’s Green: Metal hose fittings replace traditional plastic fittings that have a finite life and are likely to eventually fail, possibly causing flooding and wasting water.

  • Potential savings on repairs, medical bills and water bills

  • Eliminate potential health risks caused by water leakage and mold formation

  • Preserve scarce supplies of potable water.

The Green Building Guide to ENERGY

Homes use energy in a number of ways – to cool and heat their interiors, run household appliances, heat water, provide lighting and combat infiltration of hot and humid air. Improving the energy performance of your home relies on treating the house as a functioning system.

Two key components of this system are the building envelope (the structure and materials that separate the living spaces within your home from the outdoors) and the mechanical systems such as the air conditioner.

Air Conditioning

Why it's green

High-efficiency air conditioners use less electricity. Air conditioner efficiency is rated based on the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating or SEER. As the SEER rating of the air conditioner increases, the energy efficiency of the air conditioner increases. Air conditioning units with fans allow units to operate at a low speed most of the time, saving energy and removing excess humidity from the air.

  • High efficiency air conditioners result in lower electric bills.

  • Helps reduce mold formation due to excess humidity, helping to reduce respiratory problems.

  • Reduces the amount of pollution-causing fossil fuels used to create energy.

Energy Efficient Hot Water Heater

Why it's green

Heating water accounts for approximately 15 percent of a home’s energy use. High efficiency water heaters use 10 to 50 percent less energy than standard models.

Cold water passes through a series of heated coils providing instant hot water, and in these energy efficient units, a large insulated tank of hot water is constantly maintained, meeting compliance of 2015 National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA).

  • Reduces energy expense

  • Reduces the use of pollution-causing fossil fuels to create energy.

  • New NAECA regulations require all hot water heaters to heat more efficiently

Energy Star Washers and Dryers

Why it's green

Innovative washer designs can result in energy savings of up to 47%. Washers that electronically set dryers for best and most efficient drying time result in further energy savings.

  • Reduces energy expense

  • Reduces the amount of pollution-causing fossil fuels used to create energy

Energy Star Dishwashers

Why it's green

Energy Star dishwashers are units that go beyond the federal standards for energy efficiency by 20% or more. Through EPA testing, these units have been proven to contribute significant energy savings, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and offer savings on energy bills without sacrificing performance, features, and comfort.

  • Reduces energy expense.

  • Reduces the use of pollution-causing fossil fuels to create energy.

Energy-Efficient Appliances

Why it's green

Energy Star dishwashers are just one example of the many Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rated Energy Star appliances. Refrigerators, ovens, ranges, microwaves and ceiling fans also use less energy than standard appliances and must exceed federal standards for energy efficiency by at least 20%

  • Reduces energy expense.

  • Reduces the use of pollution-causing fossil fuels to create energy.

High-Efficiency Insulated Doors

Why it's green

Insulated doors help control indoor air temperature allowing for improved energy efficiency. Insulation within doors also greatly increase impact resistance.

  • Reduces energy expense.

  • Provide protection and minimize risk of property loss in the event of a hurricane/ tropical storm

  • Reduce the use of pollution-causing fossil fuels to create energy

CC Homes uses: Whirlpool Appliances

Why it's green

Why It’s Green: Innovative washer designs can result in energy savings of up to 47%. Washers that electronically set dryers for best and most efficient drying time result in further energy savings.

  • Reduces energy expense

  • Reduces the amount of pollution-causing fossil fuels used to create energy

Wall Insulation

Why it's green

Standard concrete block construction with insulation increases the wall R value (insulating value) and reduces infiltration of heat and humidity from outside air. This makes it easier for homeowners to control the temperature of their homes. Efficient insulation also reduces the demand on air conditioning systems, allowing the units to operate at prime efficiency for the longest period of time.

  • Reduces energy expense and increases resale value of home

  • Improves indoor environmental quality

  • Reduces the use of pollution-causing fossil fuels to create electricity

High-Efficiency Impact Glass - Optional Upgrade

Why it's green

Windows made of high efficiency impact glass improve energy efficiency and are extremely resistant to damage

  • Reduces energy expense and replacement/repair costs for damaged windows and property in the event of a hurricane/tropical storm

  • Provides a significant added measure of resident protection

  • Reduces the use of pollution-causing fossil fuels to create energy

Recessed Can Light

Why it's green

Compact recessed bulbs reduce energy consumption and heat

  • Reduces energy expense and lasts longer

Mastic-Sealed Ductwork

Why it's green

Sealing duct joints with mastic makes them airtight and prevents up to 20% loss of conditioned air, which can leak into your attic otherwise.

Mastic is painted in paste form over the joints in air conditioning ducts and hardens to form an airtight seal.

Traditional construction uses duct tape only, which quickly becomes ineffective and results in leaks as the adhesive dries out.

  • Reduces energy expense

  • Mastic-sealed ducts prevent attic contaminants from entering the ductwork systems, in effect keeping them out of the conditioned

  • Reduces the use of pollution-causing fossil fuels to create energy.

Natural Lighting

Why it's green

Natural light solar tubes in laundry rooms, bathrooms, kitchens, garages or any other location where light is always needed save energy by reducing the amount of artificial light that must be generated in the home.

  • Reduces energy expense by reducing the demand for artificial lighting. Solar tubes unlike skylights, do not allow radiant heat to enter the home so they help keep energy bills low.

  • Natural light creates a more comfortable indoor environment (and has proven mental health benefits)

  • Reduces the use of pollution-causing fossil fuels to create energy

The Green Building Guide to CONSTRUCTION

The proper use or application of various building materials and surface coverings or finishes can contribute significantly to the health of a home’s occupants, a reduction in the demand for scarce resources, improvements in our fragile ecosystems or a combination of these and other benefits.

The materials described here are frequently used and enthusiastically accepted as green building alternatives to traditional construction.

Hard Wood and Tile Flooring

Why it's green

Hard flooring contributes to a healthier indoor environment because it is easy to clean and, unlike carpet, hard floors do not collect mold, dust mites and other potential allergens.

A baby crawling on ordinary carpeting inhales the equivalent of three cigarettes a day as a result of the gasses emitted from the carpet, adhesives and padding as well as from the molds, mildews, fungi, dust mites and other contaminants that become trapped in the carpet over time.

  • Potentially reduced medical expenses due to fewer allergic reactions and respiratory ailments.

  • Fewer illnesses likely due to elimination of fumes, which can trigger a variety of health problems, particularly for children, the elderly and people who have lung diseases such as asthma.

Reduced Noise Bath Fans

Why it's green

Improve indoor environmental air quality by removing excess moisture.

Quiet operation encourages use. Timers ensure that the fans run long enough to exhaust moisture and then shut off automatically without putting the house under negative pressure, which encourages outdoor moisture intrusion and wastes energy.

  • Potentially fewer medical expenses related to respiratory ailments

  • Fewer respiratory and allergic problems likely, due to reduction in mold and mildew

CC Homes uses: Daltile – Certified Lead-Free & Locally Produced Tile

Why it's green

Lead content is added to many tiles produced in China and other countries, while Daltile’s locally produced tile does not contain any traces of it.

  • Prevents exposure to toxic lead. Eliminates exposure to toddlers who crawl on tile flooring.

  • Conserves scarce resources by limiting the geographic travel distance needed for delivery, reducing fuel consumption.

Low Maintenance Coatings on Toilets and Sinks

Why it's green

High gloss ionized coatings on toilets and sinks keep surfaces cleaner and reduce the need for strong cleaning agents that can pose health hazards.

  • Savings on cleaning supplies and possible reduction in medical expenses due to illness caused by strong cleaning agents.

  • More hygienic surfaces, fewer illnesses related to strong cleaning products.

Concrete Roof

Why it's green

Concrete roofs cost less in the long term, because they are more durable and sustainable than popular alternatives. They are also better suited to areas with heavy rain, because of the weather-tight arrangement of interlocking concrete tiles.

  • Roof tiles have been used for hundreds of years and concrete tiles have been widely considered one of the most energy-efficient choices.

  • Manufactured to reflect the sun’s heat, concrete tiles lower energy costs and increase indoor comfort.

CC Homes uses: Entegra & Boral Roof Tile

Why it's green

Concrete roof tiles are made with simple, re- cyclable materials. The ingredients in concrete tile are natural: sand, cement, water, pigments for color and water-based sealers – that’s it! Water generated during production of these tiles is recycled back into the manufacturing process. State-of-the-art curing chambers and insulation also reduce the energy needed to cure the tiles.

S and barrel-type profiles of tile provide an insulated air gap between the underside of the tile and the roof deck below. Most of the heat that is not reflected or emitted will escape through this gap, reducing the amount of heat transferred to the roof and into your home.

  • Reduces energy expense and increases resale value of home

  • Improves indoor environmental quality by keeping homes cooler. Helps reduce mold formation due to excess humidity, helping to reduce respiratory problems.

  • Reduces the use of pollution-causing fossil fuels to create energy

Stucco

Why it's green

Made from natural ingredients, stucco siding has been utilized for hundreds of years because it is easy to maintain, aesthetically pleasing and allows for a variety of paint colors and application styles. It also offers a high degree of energy efficiency.

  • Resistant to fire and able to expand and con- tract with the weather and seasonal changes.

  • When painted in light colors, stucco provides solar radiation control, which effectively decreases the energy needed for cooling.

Wood-free Architectural Trims

Why it's green

Will not rot and need replacement, therefore preventing excess cultivation of trees.

  • Less expensive and saves money.

  • Prevents exposure to mold that grows on exterior wood products.

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