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FAQ's About Green Building

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What is all the hype about Green Building? What does it mean to be Green?

Green is a term used to describe many things including homes that are designed and constructed with a focus on energy efficiency, healthy living spaces and conservation of resources. Building “Green” means building better.

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What is CP Green Sense?

Capital Pacific Homes is making sense of building green, by incorporating energy efficiency and sustainable design into our homes and business.  We’ve committed ourselves to implementing common sense practices across our communities that create value for our homeowners, employees, and trade partners. 

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What is CP Green Sense?

Capital Pacific Homes is making sense of building green, by incorporating energy efficiency and sustainable design into our homes and business.  We’ve committed ourselves to implementing common sense practices across our communities that create value for our homeowners, employees, and trade partners. There are many reasons to build Green, governmental statues, marketability, and various municipal ordinances. But mainly Capital Pacific Homes builds green because it just makes sense. To the environment and to the lives touched by our homes... therefore it is our promise to weave together corporate responsibility and sound environmental practices into the way we operate every day.

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What does energy efficiency mean?

Its true definition is the ratio of desired work performance (output) divided by the energy necessary to accomplish that work. Simply it is the process of doing more with less. From a building perspective, it is usually best to approach energy efficiency measures according to the appropriate site or building system.

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What does energy efficiency mean?

Its true definition is the ratio of desired work performance (output) divided by the energy necessary to accomplish that work. Simply it is the process of doing more with less. From a building perspective, it is usually best to approach energy efficiency measures according to the appropriate site or building system. In addition, the greatest savings and performance are obtained through an integrated design process focusing on the following four areas:

  •     Site Planning, landscape and hardscape
  •     Building Envelope and thermal insulation
  •     Indoor air quality and mechanical systems performance
  •     Electrical, lighting and appliance performance
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And sustainability, what does it mean?

Sustainability refers to the idea that a new product, like a new home, will meet the needs of the present without compromising the needs of the future. A sustainable process can be repeated generation after generation by returning as much as is taken. 

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And sustainability, what does it mean?

Sustainability refers to the idea that a new product, like a new home, will meet the needs of the present without compromising the needs of the future. A sustainable process can be repeated generation after generation by returning as much as is taken. So what does that mean to us?It means constructing homes today with materials that do not impair future efforts at obtaining and maintaining a home. Sourcing local materials that do not require a copious amount of gas, oil or labor to produce, create and deliver. Having sensible principals that reduce the total energy each resident needs, with solid performing products that will not have a negative impact on our environment now or in the future.

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What is an energy efficient appliance and how can it impact the environment?

An energy efficient appliance reduces the environmental impact by using less energy, mainly in the form of electricity or water, thereby being more efficient than compared to a non-energy efficient appliance. An energy efficient refrigerator may have more insulation or a washing machine may use less water through advanced cycle technology.

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Will I save money if my home has energy efficient appliances?

Absolutely! An energy efficient appliance uses less electricity or water thereby lowering your utility usage and saving you money. Sometimes the appliances themselves may cost more than a comparable non-efficient model, but when you consider the upfront investment for the appliance and long term utility usage (total cost of ownership) you will find the appliances will offset the initial cost in a short period of time. And the best news is, ALL appliances included in a Capital Pacific Home are energy efficient.

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If I own energy efficient appliances does that mean my home is energy efficient?

Not quite. While owning and using energy efficient appliances is important and a great leap in the right direction,your home consumes energy through lamps, televisions, personal electronics, water heaters, and mechanical equipment. All of which have models available that offer increased energy efficiency for your home. 

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If I own energy efficient appliances does that mean my home is energy efficient?

Not quite. While owning and using energy efficient appliances is important and a great leap in the right direction,your home consumes energy through lamps, televisions, personal electronics, water heaters, and mechanical equipment. All of which have models available that offer increased energy efficiency for your home. Additionally, your home’s “envelope”, meaning the exterior walls, floor, and roof, are the first of many areas that can be built efficiently. By using with the right type of construction materials, tailoring the design to the site, proper insulation, windows, and air sealing techniques, a home’s efficiency can be significantly increased.

These items can greatly reduce drafts, control moisture, and improve your home’s heating and cooling temperatures leading to less waste and a more comfortable living space. Capital Pacific Homes designs and builds our homes with these energy efficient products and ideas in mind. Many times people believe that by installing energy efficient appliances in their home they have greatly improved the homes efficiency. While every energy efficient appliance reduces a portion of a utility bill, 66% of home energy use is consumed by heating, cooling, and lighting a home. When buying an older or re-sale home, it would take great effort and expense to modify it to perform the same as a new CPH home.

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Do I have to alter my lifestyle to be energy efficient?

Nope. The CP Green Sense program is designed to deliver savings without sacrificing comfort orbeauty. Using superior construction techniques, high efficiency lighting, HVAC systems with programmable thermostats, Low-E windows, efficient stylish appliances, low flow faucets and shower heads, will not cause you to change your lifestyle but will naturally change the way you use energy every day.

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Do I have to alter my lifestyle to be energy efficient?

Nope. The CP Green Sense program is designed to deliver savings without sacrificing comfort orbeauty. Using superior construction techniques, high efficiency lighting, HVAC systems with programmable thermostats, Low-E windows, efficient stylish appliances, low flow faucets and shower heads, will not cause you to change your lifestyle but will naturally change the way you use energy every day.

But if you are as crazy as we are about doing right by our community and our environment, check out CP Green Sense-able Ideas on how you can simply and effectively integrate green practices into your daily life.

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So exactly what other products make my home more energy efficient and Green?

The three principals in Green are:

  1. Reduce
  2. Reuse
  3. Recycle

Using locally produced materials, materials that consume less energy than comparable items, using items that can be recycled or contain recycled materials, and using items that last longer and produce less waste are all Green initiatives.

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So exactly what other products make my home more energy efficient and Green?

The three principals in Green are:

  1. Reduce
  2. Reuse
  3. Recycle

Using locally produced materials, materials that consume less energy than comparable items, using items that can be recycled or contain recycled materials, and using items that last longer and produce less waste are all Green initiatives.

In addition to our current Green initiatives, Capital Pacific Homes is always researching new materials or processes that reduce waste water, such as

  • low-flow toilets
  • low water use irrigation

reduce heating and cooling costs, such as

  • ultra low-E windows
  • HVAC design
  • radiant barriers
  • and reduced thermal bridging

CPH is also focusing on waste reduction, from waste created during construction to waste and loss of energy generated at our sales and corporate offices.

We are also the process of partnering with renewable energy providers and local utility providers to explore ways of making renewable energy a viable option for as many residents as possible. One step in that direction is by building our homes “Solar Ready”, so when the time is right, your home can be easily fitted for solar panels.

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What contributes to improved indoor air quality?

Many things contribute to the quality of the air that you and your family will breathe while living in your home. and are far reaching beyond the air system components themselves. While our professionally designed HVAC system with high efficiency filters is a crucial element, eliminating drafts with proper seals and high performance insulation, helps direct the fresh air back into our homes.

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What contributes to improved indoor air quality?

Many things contribute to the quality of the air that you and your family will breathe while living in your home. and are far reaching beyond the air system components themselves. While our professionally designed HVAC system with high efficiency filters is a crucial element, eliminating drafts with proper seals and high performance insulation, helps direct the fresh air back into our homes.

Additionally, properly vented energy efficient appliances, and carefully choosing the construction and finishing materials in the homes we build all play a part in indoor quality. VOC’s also known as “volatile organic compounds” are emissions found in carpets, adhesives, paints and sealants, many of which can exacerbate allergies and asthma, some of which are toxic. When these emissions are released into your home, they greatly reducethe air quality. Capital Pacific Homes has committed to building our homes with healthy air in mind by using “low” and when possible “zero” VOC carpets, paints, and finishes thereby improving indoor air quality.

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If my CPH Home was built Green, would it be worth more than a home that was not?

We think so, and it is possible that the United States Congress may establish it as law. It is still unclear how many appraisers consider the increased value of an energy efficient home in correlation with the amount of utility cost savings a home experiences during the lifetime of the loan, however the value can clearly be felt by those living in an energy efficient home.

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If my CPH Home was built Green, would it be worth more than a home that was not?

We think so, and it is possible that the United States Congress may establish it as law. It is still unclear how many appraisers consider the increased value of an energy efficient home in correlation with the amount of utility cost savings a home experiences during the lifetime of the loan, however the value can clearly be felt by those living in an energy efficient home.

In a recent J.D. Power survey of homeowners that have purchased a “Green” home, 50% of the respondents stated they believe their home’s value was increased because it was “Green”.

Another 94% reported they purchased their home because of the savings they would see in their power and heating bills, 63% said they purchased their homes due to reduced water usage, 60% because of the reduced impact on the environment and 53% stated their decision to buy a Green home was due to the improved indoor air quality. No matter how you look at it a Green home adds value in many measurable ways!

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