House is a program developed by the Southface Energy Institute
and the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association to encourage environmentally
sound and energy efficient construction. Each house is inspected by special Earthcraft
Inspectors to ensure it meets the program's stringent guidelines.
McConnell Homes are some of the highest
scoring in the EarthCraft House program. Our goal is to build your family a healthy
home by improving indoor air quality and reducing energy costs. We've been trained
in the latest green building techniques to ensure a high-performance house that
is good for the environment, and good for you.
measures reduce silt pollution to local streams.
house is sited on the lot to save the most trees possible. We develop a tree protection
plan and supplement with additional native trees and plants.
Air sealing measures
reduce heating and cooling costs by stopping air leaks. Proper sealing also removes
conditions for mold growth in walls and floors.
installation of insulation and caulking keeps you comfortable by maintaining a
constant temperature throughout your house.
testing of the HVAC duct work ensures proper installation and reduction in duct
leakage to < 5% (standard construction is 12% or more).
sized HVAC units combined with high energy efficiency gives you increased comfort
and lower energy bills. Units are sized to give enough cooling time to remove
moisture from the air and provide a constant temperature.
Indoor Air Quality
Garage is sealed
to prevent car emissions from entering living space.
fireplaces and furnaces are directly vented to the outside to eliminate back draft
of deadly gasses into living space.
foundation is waterproofed and structured to properly drain moisture away from
the house. A moisture barrier between concrete and wood prevents water from wicking
up into the house and causing mold growth.
replaces stale air using a MEDIA or HEPA filtered outside air source.
and 2-ft dimensions reduce waste materials.
and natural content materials are used to reduce the strain on valuable natural
resources. Many wood products such as engineered flooring and trusses are stronger
and more durable than conventional lumber.
For more information, visit the Earthcraft