"I wanted a home that would be sustainable."
I decided to go with something I understood, first and foremost. I opted to look for an ENERGY STAR® new home certification as a prerequisite.
Shawna Hayes always had a deep interest in world issues, climate change and the environment.
That's why she decided to move to California, a state she deemed to be a leader on environmental issues.
After researching a lot of real estate options that claimed to be "green" Shawna found herself confused. Was straw bale insulation good or bad? Did she really need a vegetative roof?
"I decided to go with something I understood, first and foremost. I opted to look for an ENERGY STAR® new home certification as a prerequisite," she says.
"After that, the search got much easier. I could pick and choose other features I wanted."
In addition to an HP+ Wall™ system advanced building envelope, and ultra-high-efficient furnace and air conditioning units, Shawna opted for WaterSense™ low-flow toilets and faucets to conserve water, ENERGY STAR appliances, and low-E windows.
"I really enjoyed working with my new home builder, who took the time to explain things like insulation, air sealing and ventilation rates," says Shawna. "He really helped me cut through the mountain of conflicting information so I could make informed decisions."
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