Going Green

Building Green Schaefer Custom Homes - We Build Green

At Schaefer Custom Homes, we build green because it impacts both the environment and offers our homeowners a natural based product.

We use building products that will provide long-term benefits, low maintenance, and reduced energy bills.  When working with our custom home clients, we trace all the green construction processes back to two primary concerns:  How much is it going to cost? What are the benefits?

Our standard “green” features:

  • Large covered porches limit direct sun into home
  • Low-flow faucets and toilets
  • Vinyl or wood windows with insulated Low-E glass
  • Radiant barrier roof decking
  • Locally quarried brick and rock
  • Tankless gas hot water heaters
  • Fluorescent lighting
  • Light color rock/stone/stucco and exterior paint reflects sun
  • Wrapped Tyvek serves as a sealant and moisture barrier
  • Window locations are carefully selected so daylight sunlight flows throughout the home, reducing the need for artificial light.
  • Fireplace gets outside air for combustion rather than pulling conditioned air from inside home
  • James Hardie siding is made from long lasting fiber cement
  • Energy Star appliances
  • High SEER HVAC units with variable speed fan/compressors with R-410 refrigerant
  • Spray-in insulation in attic and walls
  • Native landscaping