Category Archives: Focus on Energy

Earth Month: Ways to do your part in New Construction!

Even though April is coming to a close, the message of Earth month is one builders should practice all year.  With new construction there are many good ways to implement environmental friendly practices on the job site!  Here are some of the building standards MDH has set for a more green built home!

Recycling

To help reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills from your new construction build, MDH works with a company that shakes out every dumpster to separate the paper and plastic waste for maximum recycling.  It is actually a pretty interesting process- you can watch the video here:

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Landfill Reduction and Reclycling

Low VOC Finishes

Paints can contain solvents that have high quantities of VOCs  (volatile organic compounds) which are gases emitted into the environment.  We use low VOC paints and finishes to improve indoor breathing quality.  New construction homes are already safer than older homes which may have higher levels of lead, prominent in paint used before 1970.

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Conserving Energy in the Future

While being earth conscious during the build is important, is it also crucial to consider the daily impact living in your new home will have.  That is why it is so important to MDH to offer great ways to increase the efficiency of your home!  From low-flow toilet options to save water to better insulation and higher rated furnaces- check out more of the great ways we are already increasing your home’s efficiency by partnering with Wisconsin’s Focus on Energy program!

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And while there are many ways to go even greener, these are just a few of the methods in place by builders who care about mother nature, like Midwest Design Homes!  Remember to plant a tree for Arbor Day- evergreen trees on the north-west side to block the wind in winter and shade trees on the south side of your lot to cool your home in the heat of summer!

For more information on ways to increase your green status during your custom build- talk to a MDH New Home Consultant today: 920-759-9000!

 

How to Save Energy this Winter!

Winter in Wisconsin is known for it’s short day light hours and sharp wind chills that make curling up inside all the more appealing!  But what happens when your inside isn’t as energy efficient as you need it to be to brave the blustery days and nights?  Give yourself peace of mind that if you build with Midwest Design Homes your home is built with the Wisconsin Focus on Energy standards in mind!  Midwest Design Homes has all of their custom homes inspected and tested to prove that we are continuing to build homes that will be more efficient, more comfortable and ultimately save you money in heating and cooling costs!

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Here’s a few examples of how MDH makes your home more energy efficient!

Although we always use windows rated at and above the requirement for the Focus on Energy qualification, sometimes it isn’t even about the energy efficiency level.  Often times the draft you feel around your glass are actually from gaps in framing that have not been caulked and sealed.  MDH makes sure to seal these spots so your home stays comfortable even when the wind blows!

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Another standard in every Focus on Energy Certified new MDH home is R19 Fiberglass Batting insulation in the walls and R50 Blown insulation in the ceiling.  Many other builders will use R38 or R44 as their standards, but because most of your major heat loss escapes through your roof, we think having R50 is a huge asset to saving on your heating bills!

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And finally- it is our standard to foam the box sills in all of our homes.  If you aren’t sure what or where a box sill is- go down to your basement and look up!  The area where your floor trusses or I-joists sit on the top of the concrete basement wall is where you will see this pink expanding foam insulation.  The advantages are extra sealing that prevents air leakage, rodents from entering your home and keeps moisture off your floor supports.

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Those are just a few of the great benefits to using a builder that is mindful of the Wisconsin Focus on Energy Program and all the little things that go into building a home that will keep your monthly energy usage down!

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For more information on how you can make your home even MORE energy efficient- talk to a MDH new home sales representative today or schedule a tour to see these features at our Design Center or in a completed new construction home for sale in the Green Bay or Appleton area!