A home built by Capstone Homes is designed at an elevated level of energy efficiency. Our construction materials, design and features create a maximum level of efficiency that begins with an Energy Star® certification. Many of our new home communities are built to the highest designation, a Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH), following a stringent program with the U.S. Department of Energy.
Our homes are certified by Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) providers to ensure they meet all certification guidelines and receive a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) score. A standard built, new home is the reference with a score of 100; existing resale homes score much higher. The lower the HERS Index Score, the more energy efficient the home. Each 1-point decrease in the HERS Index corresponds to a 1% reduction in energy consumption resulting in energy cost savings each month. Our Energy Star certified homes typically score in the 60s with our Zero Energy Ready homes scoring in the 50s resulting in a home that is 40%-50% more efficient than a standard new home.
Capstone Homes is committed to the Energy Star and ZERH certifications as well as being WaterSense and Indoor airPLUS program partners.
Our homes earn the Energy Star certification with these Capstone Homes standard features:
Energy Star certified appliances are built to the highest standards of quality and efficiency, saving up to 50% more energy than standard appliances. Energy Star certified appliances utilize the most modern technology to reduce pollutants, save energy, and keep energy costs down without sacrificing quality, luxury and convenience.
A programmable thermostat reduces energy use by adjusting the temperature according to a series of custom programmed settings that take effect at different times of the day. By programming your thermostat to your home schedule and lifestyle, you can save up to 30% in heating and cooling energy usage.
Capstone Homes is committed to building energy efficient homes that conserve our water resources. We select faucets, toilets, and shower heads with the WaterSense label, an EPA program that certifies high quality fixtures that use at least 20% less water than standard fixtures. This ensures superior performance while saving on energy.
Low-E coatings on windows reduce energy loss by 30-50% compared to regular windows. Low-E coatings, which are microscopically thin materials bonded to the surface of the window glass, are so thin they have no effect on clarity or visibility yet prevent heat and ultra-violet (UV) rays from passing through the glass.
Our standard insulation of R21 blown cellulose is far more superior than loosely fitted typical batt insulation found in other homes. Blown cellulose insulation leaves no holes or gaps, filling in around all outlets, pipes and wires. Cellulose also has the benefit of being fire, mold, insect and rodent deterrent.
Improving the energy efficiency of a home starts at the foundation. Sixty percent of heat loss from the foundation occurs in the top eight inches of an uninsulated stem wall/slab edge. Insulating these eight inches results in a tremendous amount of energy savings. A properly insulated slab is estimated to save at least $200 a year in energy costs in addition to dramatically increasing comfort in the living space.
The standard practice for homes with central returns is to undercut doors to allow for air flow, but undercutting alone doesn’t provide enough room for air to move. The best practice is to use transfer grilles or jump ducts so air can easily reach the central air return and make every room in your home consistently comfortable. And, no more slamming doors when air is pulled through your home.
A properly insulated home is only as good as the furnace that heats or cools it. We review the finest and most innovative furnaces on the market that are 95+ efficient or better to ensure your home benefits from the latest technology, top performance and lasting durability backed by great warranties with excellent service and support.
Having our homes inspected by a third party ensures we are succeeding every step of the way in building the best energy efficient home and earning all certifications. The RESNET provider considers all aspects of the home construction and materials using on-site testing as well as an examination of the blueprints of the home.