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Green Building Case Study

This HealthyBuilt Home is located in Asheville. The clients wanted an open layout with the ability to see several rooms from the front entry, giving the home a welcoming feel. Also, a large family occupies this home so efficient use of space was important. A major requirement for this custom home was that  it be constructed using green building practices.  The homeowners chose Brock Builders to be their green builder.

Some of the HealthyBuilt Home features include:

  • Geothermal System: This home includes a geothermal system that pumps water into the ground. This water is then heated and/or cooled and brought back into the home to heat and cool the house.
  • Efficiency: The geothermal heating and cooling system combined with the on-demand hot water system reduces utility bills each month.
  • Recycled Materials: The floors of the home are all reclaimed, heart pinewood and did not require any cutting of trees specifically for the flooring of the home. The home site ground trees on-site for mulch to stabilize the soil in disturbed areas.
  • Water Conservation: A cistern captures rainwater off the gutters and uses it to irrigate the landscaping around the home.
  • Energy Savings: The appliances in the home feature the Energy Star rating and maximize energy efficiency. The windows are also high-quality.
  • Improved Air Quality: The detached garage keeps carbon monoxide from entering the main dwelling.
  • Natural Heating and Cooling: Large overhangs around the home keep sun from overheating the home in the summer but allow in the sun’s heat in the winter.
  • Better Insulation: Spray foam insulation allows for better sealing in all the spaces other form of insulation can’t reach, in addition to the elimination of fiberglass particles found in other insulations.
  • Durable Materials: The downstairs has very durable concrete floors that are acid-etched, and the craft room and bar are ideal for family time and entertaining.

In addition to all these benefits, the homeowners enjoy a beautiful home that is both attractive to the eye and the environment. Remember, you don’t have to sacrifice quality or comfort to have a HealthyBuilt Home.

    When building a green home with Brock Builders, one can expect quality and comfort combined with functionality and a beautiful home. Green building maximizes space and functionality in smaller footprints and is about more than energy-efficient products or practices, it all of the above.
    With this particular home in Asheville, NC, the homeowners wanted a HealthyBuilt Home that included several green practices, such as Icynene spray foam insulation, a geothermal system and reclaimed wood floors.
    Our goal at Brock Builders is to effectively build a green home that allows the homeowners the ability to make decisions along the way and give input in a collaborative environment. We enjoy translating an idea from paper into a livable home for our clients, and allowing them to make decisions that make them comfortable.
    In this HealthyBuilt Home, the client wanted an open layout with the intention of seeing several rooms from the front entry, giving it a nice, welcoming feel. At over 4500 square feet, the home is extremely efficient and includes several green features including:
  • Functionality: There is great functionality in this design. The fireplace, in conjunction with the mechanical system in the house, re-circulates heat to the rest of the house in the wintertime. The downstairs was designed to be very functional for the family. The poured concrete floors that are acid-etched provide durability, and the craft room and bar are ideal for family time and entertaining. This room serves several purposes.
  • Geothermal System: This home includes a geothermal system that pumps water into the ground. This water is then heated and/or cooled and brought back into the home to heat and cool the house.
  • Efficiency: The geo-thermal system combined with the on-demand hot water system reduces utility bills each month.
  • Recycled Materials: The floors of the home are all reclaimed, heart pinewood and did not require any cutting of trees specifically for the flooring of the home. The home site ground trees on-site for mulch to stabilize the soil in disturbed areas.
  • Water Conservation: A cistern captures rainwater off the gutters and uses it to irrigate the landscaping around the home.
  • Energy Savings: The appliances in the home feature the Energy Star rating and maximize energy efficiency. The windows are also high-quality.
  • Improved Air Quality; The detached garage keeps carbon monoxide from entering the main dwelling.
  • Natural Heating and Cooling: Large overhangs around the home keep sun from overheating the home in the summer but allow heat in the winter.
  • Better Insulation: Spray foam insulation allows for better sealing in all the spaces other insulations can’t reach, in addition to the elimination of fiberglass particles found in other insulations.

In addition to all these benefits, the homeowners enjoy a beautiful home that is both attractive to the eye and the environment. Remember, you don’t have to sacrifice quality or comfort to have a HealthyBuilt Home.

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In spite of our inexperience and indecision, in spite of the fact that we were rarely present during the construction, your hard work and attention to detail turned out a marvelous result. We always felt comfortable that your intent was always to do the right thing and we appreciate the fact that we could always trust you. You are truly men of your word. You weren't happy until we were!
~Pat and Dorothy Ryan