By: Rita Zenzen Heck
As green options have become better recognized by home buyers and builders over the past few years, the idea is becoming more of the “norm” than an option. The Greater San Antonio Builders Association (GSABA) sponsored 2017 Parade of Homes at Canyons at Scenic Loop, May 20-29, was a major example.
According to GSABA president Wayne Moravits in a recent San Antonio Express-News article, the National Association of Home Builders is encouraging builders to include the following in their projects: low-e glass windows, high efficiency HVAC systems, programmable thermostats, Energy Star appliances and energy efficient duct systems. However, many of the Parade home builders have expanded the list to include foam insulation, indoor air quality consideration, minimum construction waste, tankless water heaters, recycled/earth-friendly flooring and countertops, and shaded outdoor spaces with trees to filter sunlight for cooler, more comfortable, less expensive living both inside and out.
In addition to the “recommended” green amenities, Broll Homes’ owner Bo Brolls noted that they offer a variety of sustainable options including cork, tile and/or hard wood flooring, all environmentally friendly and easy to keep. Cork is especially sustainable as it is harvested only from tree bark, allowing the tree to continue growing. In addition to its cushioning and sound resistant qualities, cork air cells help trap heat, acting as an insulator.
Ideal indoor temperatures are maintained with 15 SEER HVAC equipment and blown-in foam insulation in the attic and walls, exceeding building standards. Lighting control systems, passive solar designs, and strategically placed shade trees contribute to indoor/outdoor living comfort.
Known for their unique design approach, Broll combines its green sensitivity with a fresh design approach inside and out, taking advantage of every inch of space. Working with buyers to achieve the ultimate in green and individual design, curves, angles, arches and, most notably, the use of color are apparent in each project. Low VOC (volatile organic compounds) is considered in all products for improved indoor air quality.
Wilsonart quartz countertops, used in most Broll homes, are as elegant as granite but more durable. Quartz is the earth’s second most abundant mineral, according to a Wilsonart news release, and has unlimited design possibilities. Introduced in 2015, Wilsonart’s engineered quartz is available in fifty patterns and a full range of colors, textures and four structures, enabling the material to complement any decor preference from traditional to contemporary. Consideration is also given to minimizing materials waste to reduce landfill impact.
Check out the following Parade of Homes builders on what they offer on the green side and how this affects the efficiency of your home. In addition to Broll Homes, have a look at Ashton Custom Homes, Dale Sauer Homes, Genesis Custom Homes, Japhet Enterprises, John Merritt Homes, Partners in Building and UrbanLUX.
For more information, please contact Broll Homes: 210.867.0607; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos courtesy of Broll Homes