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Smart Features for Newly built home

SIP walls & roof system

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SIP stands for Structural Insulated Panel. An Insulspan® SIP consists of a core of molded expanded polystyrene (EPS) insulation or graphite-enhanced polystyrene (GPS) insulation with engineered oriented strand board (OSB) laminated to the top and bottom faces. SIPs Advantages

Building with SIPs presents several advantages over conventional framing methods, including increased energy efficiency, reduced possibilities of structural damage and deterioration over time, and reduced costs. SIPs save energy by reducing the heat loss characteristic of conventional wood framing, as well as by reducing air leaks. 

ZIP Wall Panel

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Together, they knock out the elements

ZIP System® R-sheathing is the simple all-in-one structural panel with built-in exterior insulation. Featuring integrated moisture, air and thermal protection, ZIP System R-sheathing completely reimagines traditional wall assemblies by streamlining exterior water, air and thermal management.

  1. Built-In Exterior Insulation
  2. Integrated Water-Resistive Barrier
  3. Continuous Air Barrier
  4. Structural Durability

90% HVAC / HRV system

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Enhanced Indoor Air Quality: HRV and ERV systems enhance the indoor air quality in a space by exhausting indoor air pollutants and replacing that air with filtered outdoor air. A range of filters can be used within or connected to the supply side of an HRV/ERV, further improving air quality. HRVs and ERVs also provide constant, balanced airflow to and from a home, which provides more consistently good air quality than a standard supply‐only or exhaust‐only system that varies the airflow throughout the day.

Pella Energy Star Windows & Doors

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  •  Lowers energy bills and saves you money. With more efficient windows, you also use less energy..
  • Get comfortable.
    Put an end to cold drafts and overheated spaces, keeping your home’s temperature consistently comfortable. 
  • Protect your valuables.
    Low-emissivity coatings on many ENERGY STAR certified windows, doors, and skylights reduces UV sun damage to floors, carpets, and furniture.
     

Emergency Backup Unit

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A Generac home backup generator senses a power outage, turns on automatically, and delivers backup power to your home. It will run until utility power returns - whether that's two hours or two weeks.

Don't worry about having to be there to start and turn off your Generac home backup generator because it does that automatically--whether you're home or away. Your Generac home backup generator runs on your existing natural gas or LP fuel supply. Save the gas cans for your other outdoor power equi

Smart Home Automation

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 GCHB is providing all new homebuyers with the chance to have the Smart and WIFI home with no dead spot in any area of their house.  Your new home will come prewire for superior Wi-Fi coverage, as standard for all new homes. Homebuyers can then make their home even smarter by selecting from a variety of options to manage security, lighting, climate and other systems in their home.

The smart home promises a futuristic home experience where everything you need is just a simple voice command away, even when you’re far from home. There are some very cool gadgets that let you do a lot with home automation, many of which are incorporated into home security systems. These include smart doorbells, smart locks, smart cameras, smart thermostats, smart lights, smart garage doors,  and smart smoke alarms.

Contemporary Water Sense Fixtures & Bathroom

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The WaterSense label makes it simple to find water-efficient products, new homes, and programs that meet EPA’s criteria for efficiency and performance. WaterSense-labeled products and services are certified to use at least 20 percent less water, save energy, and perform as well as or better than regular models.

Energy Star Appliance & Euro Kitchen Cabinets

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Euro-style," are  sleek, ultra-modern styles that have no surface face frames, with doors and drawers that fit snugly against the cabinet carcasses. They offer a very smooth, clean look that are ideal for modern decors. ENERGY STAR certified appliances help consumers save money on operating costs by reducing energy use without sacrificing performance.

LED Custom Lighting Package

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LEDs are extremely energy efficient and consume up to 90% less power than incandescent bulbs. ... Also, money and energy is saved in maintenance and replacement costs due to the long LED lifespan.LEDs have a lifespan of up to 60,000 hours compared to 1,500 hours for incandescent bulbs.

Whole House Water Filtration System

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 The municipal water treatment stations might produce great results, what they don’t take into account is the state of the water as it flows from the plant to your home. These long pipes have been lying around for decades and, in some instances, over a century.

These water distribution pipes are filled with dust, debris, and microorganisms that all feed the water and feed off the water while it travels along to your tap. So, what you get at the end of the pipe is not the best drinking water solution.


OPTIMH2O®WHOLE HOUSE FILTER SYSTEM

Our revolutionary  whole house filter is certified to reduce more than 99% of lead and cysts, 98% of PFOA/PFOS, and tackles chlorine, chloramines and more. Experience optimal water filtration for the cleanest and healthiest water.

Shield your home from lead.The first-of-its-kind OptimH2O is IAPMO tested and certified to reduce more lead than any other whole house filter available. Finally, the ultimate solution to your lead worries.

PV / Solar Panels

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Solar panels are no longer a thing of the future.

Solar panels can generate  power  even on overcast days, and some models can even work with a light coating of snow. They do need to be installed in a relatively shade-free area, and in the United States, solar panels will invariably be installed on a South-facing roof, as that's where they'll get the most sunlight.

  1. Installing solar panels provides a long-term subsidy benefits
  2. Save money  reducing energy costs on your monthly electricity bill
  3. Solar panels are long-lasting and require little upkeep

Home Vehicle Charging Station

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Charging your  EV / Electric Vehicle is as easy as plugging in your cell phone with the available 240-volt charging unit

Charging this way takes a little more time, so if you decide to use this as your home-base charging method, the key is to plug in every day after work and charge up overnight. That way, your battery never empties and you’re just topping off what you used earlier that day.

Green Construction Holmes Builders LLC is a full service Energy Star Home Builder, renovation and restoration company that has become the go to in the greater Chicago area for high quality craftsmanship adjusted to meet your specifications and needs, regardless of the extent of the work you need done. As a family-run business, we are committed to providing our Chicago clientele with more personalized services that make your bottom line our top priority. Without the cumbersome overhead costs associated with larger, less versatile remodeling companies, with our commitment  you can rest assured that more of your hard earned money goes into the work itself. 

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Why Build Green

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Why build a Energy Star Certified homes. Green buildings use less energy, water, create less waste, and are healthier to live, work, or go to school in than standard buildings. Contractors of green buildings incorporate techniques that use resources more efficiently during the entire building cycle—construction, renovation, operation, maintenance, and demolition—than builders of conventional structures. 



  • Comfort: They might reference that their current home is drafty or that there’s one room that’s always colder than the others — and of course, they don’t want this in their new home. Consistent temperature and improved comfort — that’s a benefit of a green home.
  • Excellent air quality: The average American almost never will say these words. Although more than 60 percent of Americans are concerned about indoor air quality, they don’t exactly know what leads to diminished air quality or what to do to fix it. What they will say is, "My son has asthma," or "I know it sounds crazy, but I sometimes think our current house is making us sick — I can feel fine all day at work and then I come home and my nose gets all stopped up. It’s like I’m allergic to it." Breathing easier — that’s a benefit of a green home.
  • Control: Nobody likes getting 12 surprises a year, even if they can afford them. Yet that’s the experience most of us have with our utility bill. It’s usually more expensive than we imagined, sometimes less, but always feels like a wild card. If you add some smart tech into your higher-performing homes, you can offer lower, predictable monthly bills. And that means peace of mind — another benefit of a green home.

Hybrid House

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By Julian Dawson,  Architect, Engineer and Designer.

 The Hybrid House  is a 2,000 square-foot, two-bedroom single family home that is a cutting edge dream home.

 Although privately owned and occupied, the project was constructed in partnership with the African-American Home Builders Association as a community resource.  

The house has an aggressive passive-solar approach that is enhanced with an unusual air floor plenum that is a substitute for hydronic radiant heat. This brings the comfort and thermal mass benefits of a radiant system to an all-air system. High-efficiency and renewable energy systems include a ground-source heat pump serving the air floor system, solar water heating, a 4.8 kW solar electric system, this design is approaching zero net energy. 

Other indoor features include the typical low-VOC finishes and low-flow plumbing fixtures, including dual-flush toilets. Outdoor features include rain barrels, a rain garden, Energy Star roofing, and an organic garden.

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At Green Construction, we recognize that the relationships we have with each of our trade partners and suppliers are integral to our mutual success. We value these partnerships and aim to continuously foster new opportunities.