Green Home Design


The Green Home design options below are available to clients.

Green Home Design is a trend in residential construction that considers the environmental impact during the building’s life cycle as well as the functionality of the building. Building green looks to energy efficiency as well as the choices made for your home’s foundation, walls, windows, roof and in how you orient your house with respect to the sun and lot. Decisions made early in the design process have a huge impact on how the house will perform over its lifetime – not only how much energy will be required to operate it, but also how comfortable it will be to live in. Waugh Custom Homes has been certified by the National Association of Home Builders as a “Green Builder” and can build your home to an unusually high level of energy efficiency.

Green design can improve the sustainability, energy efficiency and livability of a home through use of the following techniques and products:

Use of sustainable and renewable materials

  • Concrete flooring for radiant heating
  • Durable metal roofing that’s also energy efficient and recyclable
  • Weather-resistant siding
  • Roofing composed of asphalt shingles, recycled-rubber, slate, terra cotta tiles
  • Recycled plastic lumber and wood composite decking

Energy-efficient Building Techniques

  • Modest ceiling heights
  • Windows and sliding glass doors with low-emissivity coatings and gas-filled glazing
  • Skylights and large south-facing windows, reduce electrical lighting needs and helps heat the building in winter months
  • Awnings over windows
  • Insulated fiberglass or metal doors
  • Spray foam or rigid foam insulation
  • 2×6 or thicker exterior wall framing
  • On-site energy production through renewable sources such as solar photovoltaic
  • Energy Star-rated light bulbs, fixtures, appliances and water heaters
  • Tankless or solar water heaters
  • Geothermal heat pumps
  • Advanced Framing or Optimum Value Engineering

Water Conservation

  • Install WaterSense labeled products in your new or renovated home
    • faucets
    • toilets
    • showerheads
    • sprinkler system irrigation controllers
  • Rainwater catchment systems

Indoor Environmental Air Quality

  • Low VOC and Zero VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints and stains
  • Flooring from natural woods, stone, and recycled materials
  • Formaldehyde-free particleboard, wheatboard, or certified lumber exterior cabinets
  • Natural fiber carpeting (hemp, jute, sea grass, or wool)
  • Nontoxic pressure-treated lumber