Posts Tagged Built Green

Investing in an Organized Builder: Cleanliness

CleanSite

There are several signs indicating a professional builder’s business acumen, organizational skills, and other capabilities that help ensure ultimate satisfaction with your new home. Today we’re touching on cleanliness.

First impressions. A clean and organized job site often reflects a builder’s overall organizational competency and respect for the materials. An organized job site is safer and more efficient.

Worker safety is always a factor. Maintaining a site where workers Read the rest of this entry »

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Last Chance to See Inspiration Home

If you missed it in August, you have one. More. Chance. If you saw it in August, you have one. More. Chance. The point is that the Inspiration Home is open for one more day and that’s it. Bring a friend.

The Inspiration Home is part of the 2012 Thurston Solar Tour, this coming Saturday, September 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If you’re interested in solar systems (with panels and stuff, not planets), this is a great chance for you to see how your utility company — in this case PSE — works with your system. You can find out how your kilowatt usage is tracked as well as how PSE credits you back for the energy you’ve generated.

The Inspiration Home features a solar hot water heater and a PV “starter package”. Both of these were installed by our friend Kirk Haffner of South Sound Solar.

If you’re interested in Scott Homes houses, Scott Bergford himself will be there to answer questions about the methods he uses to design and build his extremely energy efficient homes. So if you’re wanting more about building with SIPs, ductless heat pumps, heat recovery ventilators and other amazing, cost-effective features, this is a great chance to experience what everyone’s talking about.

And if you just like pretty houses and are looking to kill an hour or two, you are just as welcome. We like to show off. (But no pets, please; there are allergy issues :) )

See you Saturday at the Thurston Solar Tour!

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South Sound Green Tour This Weekend. It’s a Biggie!

The South Sound Green Tour is April 21st & 22nd. That’s this weekend. The sites are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Get the Scott Homes/Northwest Energy Team site map with driving directions.

(A small request: When you park at any of the green Tour sites, kindly consider those who are parked or will be parking, also. Or will be driving in or out. We like to keep the neighbors happy.)

Scott Homes has two (and a half) sites:

Inspiration Home
The next step in energy efficient homes. This home is under construction. It is a construction site. With construction stuff. AND it’s a great opportunity to see what goes on “behind the walls” of an extremely energy efficient home. Building science expert, Daimon Doyle will be there to answer questions.
Check out the flyer to get more information.

Long Lake Cabin
A sweet weekend retreat that we just finished. Webster Bergford, the designer and builder, will be there to talk about his work. The owners will be there, too! Read the Long Lake Cabin flyer for more details. Read the rest of this entry »

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Awakening, Enthusiasm, Motivation … Inspiration: Introducing the Inspiration Home!

Finally! We have begun!

I’m so darned excited to tell you about the Inspiration Home. The theories that were tested on the award-winning Far Reach House have been examined and improved on in the Inspiration Home.

The purpose of the Inspiration Home is to show that extremely energy efficient, built green homes can be affordable. This home will showcase one way to attain the balance between the latest and greatest products, conservation and cost-effectiveness.

It will also show that energy efficient homes can be Just Darn Cute.

This home is currently under construction. You can follow its progress on the Inspiration Home Facebook page or keep checking in at the Scott Homes blog.

We plan to have the Inspiration Home completed in August of 2012. There will be big events all through August so you can come see. Again, keep an eye on the Facebook page and/or this blog.

If you just can’t wait, the Inspiration Home will be part of the South Sound Green Tour April 21st & 22nd. We’d love to see you. Do remember it IS a construction site though, ‘kay?

When completed, the Inspiration Home will feature: Read the rest of this entry »

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5 Ways Scott Homes Stands Out from The Custom Home Pack

Mainstream builders are taking a look at what builders like Scott Homes, Inc (that’s us) have been doing to stay in business during these challenging years. They’re looking at us closely because now customers expect a higher level of energy performance, quality indoor air and green building material. They’re asking how we’ve successfully sustained a higher standard for so long.

How did we get here and how have we stayed ahead of the pack for two decades? There are five things that every quality custom home builder does to create homes worthy of a good reputation.

1. We Pay Attention
Before we even dig your foundation, we make sure that your designer and your project manager are on the same page (sometimes they are the same person!). While your home is under construction the whole crew meets once a week as a team with Scott and the designer. Through it all, you are updated and your questions are answered. You are part of this, too, you know. The idea is to know where we’ve been, where we are, where we are going and why we are doing what we do. Read the rest of this entry »

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Far Reach House Opens Doors for Scott Homes 2011 Tour of Homes

Matt & Eileen, the owners of the Far Reach House moved in April 1st. “I have to admit the April Fool’s Day date made me a little nervous,” Eileen smiled. “Everything had gone so smoothly through the whole building process and we all know how the Universe has a sense of humor. But I just had to make a minor blood offering when I closed my knife on my thumb.”

“Scott told us we would be surprised how a finished SIPs home felt. He was right.” said Matt. “Eileen and I spent the better part of the first week trying to come up with words that truly described the quiet and peaceful atmosphere inside the house. We decided it was a lot like waking up in the morning and knowing, without having to look out the window, it had snowed in the night.

“We’ve been nothing but pleased with how the house was built and the energy efficient performance. As nerdy as it is, we get all goofy when the PSE (Puget Sound Energy) and the water bills come because we can’t wait to see how low the charge is.” Read the rest of this entry »

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