Garland ISD Constructing Its First Geothermal School Campus
Living GreenIs now more affordable than ever before. Our homes offer a variety of environmental choices in materials, mechanical systems, solar and wind to match your needs and desires to be as green as you want to be without compromising quality or budget.
The process of Green building incorporates comfort with efficiency in every stage of your construction. This includes design, reduction of energy and water usage to achieve as little or as much “Off the Grid” independence and ease of maintenance for you, the home owner.
SOLARpassive solar (heating the home or water heater by the sun via panels and south facing windows) vs. solar to battery bank can provide heating and cooling year round thus emancipating the consumer in varying degrees from utility companies
WINDWind Turbines can also provide electricity directly or store energy in a battery bank. Home Wind energy has become increasingly popular as energy prices climb. You will also be able to sell back energy to the grid on high-wind days, and make that money back from the electric company. Click here to see US wind charts for your area!
WATER RETENTIONCisterns or storage tanks collect rain water from the roof via the gutter system. This water can be used for watering gardens or lawns, toilets or washing clothes. With a more sophisticated filtering system, this water can be used for consumption. Another water-conserving system is gray water reclamation. This refers to any water, except toilet water, within the home that has already been used once, such as shower or sink water can be stored in the toilet tank for later flushing.
GEOTHERMAL ENERGYUsing the earth to heat and cool homes has been used for thousands of years. It is a simple concept to draw cooler or warmer air from underground. In winter, a geothermal heat pump collects the Earth's natural heat through a series of pipes, called a loop, installed below the surface of the ground. Fluid circulates through the loop and carries the heat to the house. In summer, the process is reversed. The underground loop draws excess heat from the house and allows it to be absorbed by the Earth.
FOAM INSULATIONSpray foam insulation replaces traditional fiberglass rolled into the walls or blown in the attic. The advantages are numerous by keeping out dust and pollen adds strength to the building, stops moisture filtration (mold growth) along with stopping air infiltration leading to high energy costs for cooling and heating.
*Federal and State Tax Credit information can be found at www.energystar.gov or www.dsireusa.org