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Green, energy efficient home plans.

-What makes a green home.

Green buildings are designed, constructed and placed on your site to balance the well being of one's family with the community, and the natural environment. Homes consume more than three-quarters of all the electricity produced by American power plants. The U.S. Energy Information Administration states that buildings are responsible for almost half of all annual greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. Green building practices and techniques minimize the impact of a building on the environment.

Green building techniques and design are considered for all Fox Design Studio projects. Our designs help decrease heating and cooling costs, increase indoor air quality, conserve natural resources and make the most of the natural light. The use of alternate energy sources, photovoltaic panels, geothermal heat pumps, and passive solar design can dramatically decrease the fuel consumption of a home.

FDS incorporates many standard green building techniques. Air leaking out of a building can carry damage-causing moisture into building cavities and heat out. A blower door test uses a powerful fan which mounts into an exterior door frame. The fan pulls air out of the house, lowering the air pressure inside. The higher outside air pressure then flows in through all unsealed cracks and openings. Once these leakage areas are identified materials such as caulking, weather strips, and spray foam are used to seal the areas and improves the home's energy performance.

Another standard green technique is the use of heat recovery ventilators (HRVs). HRVs achieve two primary goals: they re-cycle heat out of exhausted air and they improve the quality of the air inside a home. A heat recovery ventilator will capture the heat from exhaust air and use it to pre-treat forced air in a building thus improving the energy efficiency of a home. A HRV will also exhaust stale air out of a building removing radon and other vapors from a building that will improve the health atmosphere of the home.
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