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Build Energy Efficient Homes with Gerstad

Do you want a home with the following features?

  • Environmentally sensitive site plans to preserve trees and natural terrain
  • Soil and erosion control measures on site
  • Recycled soils from the site used in underground pipe trenches
  • Ecologically friendly storm water management
  • Water saving toilets
  • Water saving shower heads
  • Cabinet boxes made from ecologically friendly furniture board
  • 0SB floor, wall and roof sheeting made from processed wood of new growth trees
  • Engineered roof trusses to reduce structural roof members
  • Manufactured structural beams to preserve old growth timber
  • Energy efficient windows with Low-E / Energy Star
  • Energy efficient entry doors with foam insulated core
  • Window installation caulked and taped for energy efficiency
  • 92% efficient furnace
  • 13 Seer efficient air conditioner
  • Water heater with energy saving back flow preventer
  • Foam exterior wall sheeting
  • Corners and floors sealed for energy savings
  • Energy barrier house wrap
  • Insulated basement walls
  • Environmentally friendly Puron refrigerant in AC units
  • Insulation with reduced off commission
  • Energy star compliant dishwasher
  • Recycled carpet padding
  • Homes built to the international energy compliance code

If you said yes to one or more of any of these features and en you want a Gerstad Home. The premier McHenry county home builder, Gerstad is dedicated to building quality homes that will save you, the homebuyer, money over time. Come visit one of our many new home communities throughout McHenry County, Illinois (Liberty Trails, The Trails of Dawson Creek or The Trails of Pheasant Ridge) today to learn more about why so many have chosen to call Gerstad their McHenry County Builder of choice.

For more information about any of these new home communities, visit the Gerstad website today!

New National Standard for Green Building Sent For Approval

The National Green Building Standard for residential buildings has finally been submitted to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for approval. If approved, it will establish a uniformity in building materials and practices and will be the first green building rating system. This will obviously be a great step forward in the business of building of green homes because the new standard would define what green practices could be incorporated into residential development and construction, and would also educate homeowners on how to operate their green homes. With a new national standard, green home building will have more accreditation and hopefully become a more popular option with homebuilders and buyers! Continue reading

Green Remodeling Decreases Utility Bills

Going green in your home is not only great for the environment, but it also saves you money. In fact, green remodeling can make such a major difference in your monthly bills, that it almost pays for itself immediately! The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Remodelers is focusing on how much money you can actually save by making a few simple changes this month. With rising energy costs, quick fixes like replacing your faucets or installing more energy efficient windows can save you money on your utility bills. In fact, green remodeling your windows can make your home more than three times energy efficient! If you want to take a bigger step towards having a green home, replace your appliances with ENERGY STAR appliances. By replacing your old appliances, you can use 10-50 percent less energy and save over 11,000 gallons of water a year.  A new programmable thermostat can automatically turn off your heating and cooling equipment to match your schedule and make your home more comfortable without wasting excess energy (and money). These units typically cost between $40 and $100 but can cut your bill by 15%. Remodelers today are becoming more knowledgeable about new green options and can help you take the steps to improve your home and decrease your bill.