Building Science Article Text
Energy Audit - From US Dept of Energy:
Home Energy Assessment or Home Energy Audit
The first step to assess how much energy your home consumes and to evaluate what measures you can take to make your home more energy efficient. An assessment will show you problems that may, when corrected, save you significant amounts of money over time.
During the assessment, you can pinpoint where your house is losing energy. Energy assessments also determine the efficiency of your home's heating and cooling systems.
An assessment may also show you ways to conserve hot water and electricity. You can perform a simple energy assessment yourself, or have a professional energy auditor carry out a more thorough assessment.
A professional auditor uses a variety of techniques and equipment to determine the energy efficiency of a structure. Thorough assessments often use equipment such as blower doors, which measure the extent of leaks in the building envelope, and infrared cameras, which reveal hard-to-detect areas of air infiltration and missing insulation.
Periodic maintenance also falls under the general class of home repairs.
These are inspections, adjustments, cleanings, or replacements that should be done regularly to ensure proper functioning of all the systems in a house, and to avoid costly emergencies. Examples include annual testing and adjustment of alarm systems, central heating or cooling systems (electrodes, thermocouples, and fuel filters), replacement of water treatment components or air-handling filters, purging of heating radiators and water tanks, defrosting a freezer, vacuuming refrigerator coils, refilling dry floor-drain traps with water, cleaning out gutters, downspouts and drains, touching up worn house paint and weather seals, and cleaning accumulated creosote out of chimney flues, which may be best left to a chimney sweep.
Repair Services Article Text
Home repair involves the diagnosis and resolution of problems in a home, and is related to home maintenance to avoid such problems.
Many types of repairs are "do it yourself" (DIY) projects, while others may be so complicated, time-consuming or risky as to suggest the assistance of a qualified handyman, property manager, contractor/builder, or other professionals. Repair is not necessarily the same as home improvement, although many improvements can result from repairs or maintenance. Often the costs of larger repairs will justify the alternative of investment in full-scale improvements. It may make just as much sense to upgrade a home system (with an improved one) as to repair it or incur ever-more-frequent and expensive maintenance for an inefficient, obsolete or dying system. For a DIY project, it is also useful to establish limits on how much time and money you're willing to invest before deciding a repair (or list of repairs) is overwhelming and discouraging, and less likely to ever be completed.
The First Platinum Certified LEED Home in Northern Michigan.
This Leland, MI home, designed and built by Burkholder Construction, was awarded the first Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum Certification in Northern MI by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for green homebuilding achievement. LEED for Homes is a green home certification program that rewards homes that are designed and built to be energy-and resource-efficient and more healthy and durable for the occupants. LEED-certified homes complete a technically rigorous process that includes a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) and onsite inspections to verify that the home is built to be energy and water efficient, environmentally sound, and a healthier place to live.
The Premier Custom Systems Home Builder in Northern Michigan.
GreenCrest Homes is a branch of a family owned construction business in Traverse City, Michigan.
Burkholder Construction, with the backing of over five decades of service in the Grand Traverse regional area. The task of choosing and entrusting a custom home builder with life's greatest investment can be an emotional and tenuous process.
Modular homes have become increasingly popular among new home buyers. Computer aided design and new building techniques allow modular home producers to offer the multiple roof lines and custom designs many buyers want.
The number one decision to make when considering a modular home is the producer. There are many new producers as modular homes are becoming more popular. They vary widely in quality of construction and service. Recently a major producer went bankrupt leaving customers who were waiting for a home stranded and leaving existing homeowners with no warranty service.
After in-depth research, Burkholder Construction created GreenCrest Homes specifically to provide professional service to Northern Michigan for Customized, Modular systems construction with Dickinson Homes. GreenCrest and Dickinson are one of the few modular teams that have the ability to design your dream home starting with a blank sheet of paper. They also offer the best value for your money with the option of changing their standard specifications as you see fit.
Plans available that can be modified True custom design capability for your ideas Traditional styles with floor plans for modern lifestyles
Founded in 1984 Started as a family business Charter member National Association of Home Builders Modular Building Systems Council All builder- dealers rigorously qualified
Engineered wood truss floor system Advantech™ sub floor Timberstrand™ engineered studs for all cabinet walls CertainTeed™ Mainstreet vinyl siding CertainTeed™ architectural shingles MW T Low-E vinyl clad wood frame windows Anderson™ and Pella™ windows available ThermaTru™ fiberglass exterior doors Merillat™ cabinetry Moen™ faucets
The second most important decision to consider when building a modular home is the builder-dealer. Many inexperienced builders are drawn to modular home building because it is simpler than stick building. Unfortunately, this often leads to a poor experience for the customer and a home that may not be finished as it should be. Many modular producers add to this problem by not properly qualifying their builder-dealers or signing up multiple dealers in an area, often with little or no building experience.
Burkholder Construction has a specialized division for custom modular systems construction. GreenCrest Homes is the company you seek. They will define for you the best options available between the custom systems approach with GreenCrest, or the traditional custom construction process.
Burkholder Construction or GreenCrest Homes is one of the few builders that have the ability to design your dream home starting with a blank sheet of paper. They also offer the best value for your money with the option of improvements beyond standard specifications as the project requires. Do you want to have a more energy-efficient home? What about accessibility? Is there a specific feature that you really want your custom home to showcase? Did you know you can have a full, finished, walk-out level? Maybe an outdoor kitchen incorporated into a deck space? Sit down and talk with one of the team members and find out the possibilities that suite your style.
GreenCrest Homes is experienced with modular home building. Our expertise from building “site built” or “stick built” homes carries over to our modular home building projects with improved scheduling and efficiency. The same dedicated team of subcontractors that help build our stick built homes also work on your modular home. And our two year warranty applies to all Dickinson modular homes finished by GreenCrest Homes. If you are considering a modular home, we invite you to see why Dickinson and GreenCrest Homes are a proven winning combination.
CONSUMER ALERT: With the growing popularity of modular homes, some mobile home companies (also known as manufactured homes) are offering “frame-on” modular homes which are basically mobile homes made to meet basic building codes. Such hybrid homes are not true modular homes and may cause problems with financing, appraisal, and local code enforcement. Click here for more information.
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