Homes built by Judd Builders stand out because they’re unique, beautiful and quality-made with custom details. As responsible Asheville builder with consideration for the environment, we also incorporate green building features like sustainable materials, spray foam insulation, solar energy systems, high efficiency lighting, low-E windows, water efficient fixtures, sealed ductwork and ENERGY STAR® appliances as much as possible. A custom built green home by Judd Builders is designed to provide energy efficiency and reduce environmental impact.
Our standard at Judd Builders is to work with construction materials that are reclaimed or contain recycled materials as much as possible. We work very closely with our clients when selecting sustainable construction materials as each of our custom built green homes are unique. One solution doesn’t fit all when it comes to building a sustainable home. Judd Builders can help make your new green home even more environmentally friendly by customizing it with innovative energy efficient and sustainable products.
Spray Foam Insulation
Spray foam insulation is the best insulating material for healthier, quieter, more energy efficient homes. We recommend the use of spray foam for all of our Asheville green home projects in order to seal and protect homes from air and moisture, save on utility costs, and protect occupants from dangerous allergens and pollutants.
Benefits of Spray Foam Insulation
- Stops air and moisture from infiltrating your home
- Keeps dust and pollen out
- Makes the home more comfortable
- Energy efficiency – saves money
- Foam adds strength to the building structure
- It’s permanent and will not move
- Reduces capacity requirements, maintenance and wear and tear of HVAC equipment
Watch our video of how spray foam insulation is installed in a new home.
Solar Energy Systems
The electricity generated by a solar power system is clean, renewable and reliable. It will help reduce the amount of greenhouse gases and reduce your utility costs. Judd Builders works with highly-trained local professional to handle all design and installation aspects of your solar system.
In October 2011, Judd Builders teamed up with the owners of The Green Sage to renovate their second location in south Asheville. Unarguable one of the greenest restaurants in Asheville, green features include 12 thermal solar panels on the roof and 6 eighty gallon storage tanks in the basement, capable of generating 480 gallons of solar heated hot water per day.
High Efficiency Lighting
High efficiency lighting uses less energy than normal lighting, so it reduces the carbon footprint of a home and saves the homeowner money. The most commonly used options are the fluorescent T8 and the compact fluorescent bulbs. LED lighting, the most efficient lighting source available, was used in the commercial upfit for The Green Sage in south Asheville.
Judd Builders works with vendors to offer several energy-saving low-E glass options that offer greater control over your heating and cooling costs. Low-E glass will help provide temperature control in hot and cold conditions.
Water Efficient Fixtures
Low-flow, highly water-efficient plumbing fixtures save water, energy and money. When building a custom green home in Asheville and surrounding areas, Judd Builders helps clients select ultra-low water-use toilets, showerheads and faucets from trusted vendors.
When forced air from a heating or cooling system is lost due to leaks, holes and poorly connected ducts, the homeowner pays more to keep their home a comfortable temperature. Your home should feel comfortable year-round whether it's hot or cold outside and the indoor temperature should always match your thermostat. Judd Builders uses well-designed systems and methods to ensure the ductwork in our custom green homes is comfortable, safe and energy efficient.
ENERGY STAR® Appliances
We strive to exceed energy efficiency standards developed by the EPA. A 100% ENERGY STAR® green home will save energy and money. Judd Builders will work with you to choose energy efficient appliances that match your style and the design of the green home.