Abigail Homes is committed to protecting the health of both our home buyers and the environment, which is why we incorporate exacting environmental standards in the homes that we build. Our environmental products conserve our valuable natural resources through increased energy efficiencies while keeping potentially harmful materials out of your home. Our environmental “green standard” technologies also improve the lives of our clients, via energy cost savings, improved home owner comfort and long life, low maintenance appliances and products.

As an ENERGY STAR™ certified builder, we offer our clients the many added bonuses of an ENERGY STAR™ or ENERGY STAR PLUS™ certified home. Homes earning the ENERGY STAR rating must meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency guidelines. ENERGY STAR homes are at least thirty percent more energy efficient than homes built to the 2003 International Energy Conservation Code. Components of an ENERGY STAR home include effective insulation, high performance windows, tight construction and ducts, high efficiency heating and cooling, as well as ENERGY STAR rated high efficiency appliances and lighting.

There are many benefits to owning an ENERGY STAR qualified home, and they include:

Lower Ownership Costs
ENERGY STAR and ENERGY STAR PLUS certified homes use substantially less energy than most homes, providing average annual energy savings of up to $900. Long life, low maintenance products can provide additional maintenance savings.

Improved Performance
Our energy efficient technologies provide improved protection for your family and home against cold, heat, moisture, drafts, pollution and noise. An ENERGY STAR certified home also promotes greater temperature consistency, improved air quality, and greater durability.

Environmental Protection
Roughly sixteen percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions are from the energy consumed in houses nationwide. Homes typically rely on fossil fuels for energy, which contribute to problems such as acid rain, smog and global warming. Less energy is consumed through the increased energy efficient technologies and appliances inherent in an Abigail Homes ENERGY STAR certified home.

Smart Investment
The number of new ENERGY STAR homes is expected to more than double by the end of this decade. The increasing emphasis on environmentally sound building practices assures you that your Abigail Homes ENERGY STAR qualified home will have increased value when it comes time to sell.

Abigail Homes proudly offers the following advanced energy saving technologies and appliances as STANDARD features on every Abigail Homes residence. Most builders don't offer these features even as upgrades.

Energy Conservation Features

  • Johns Manville Spider™ insulation provides the highest thermal and sound performance in its range, achieving an energy saving R-15 insulation. Formaldehyde free and 100% mold and mildew resistant.
  • Tyvec® premium house wrap with taped seams provides a barrier to moisture, wind and vapors.
  • Pella® windows, front entry and patio doors use energy saving Insulshield® high performance, Low-E glass.
  • Honeywell FocusPRO® energy saving programmable thermostats.
  • American Standard ultra high efficiency furnace conserves energy by converting 92% of fuel into home heat.
  • American Standard 13 SEER ultra efficient central air system.
  • KOHLER™, Moen® and Mansfield water conserving plumbing fixtures.
  • Optional Rinnai® tankless hot water heater with electronic ignition. Never run out of hot water again, and save up to 50% on hot water costs.

Environmental/Antimicrobial Features

  • All tiled areas are coated with a LATICRETE® watertight system with micro ban antimicrobial additive, then sealed with LATICRETE® SpectraLOCK Epoxy Grout which resists cracking, washouts, fading and staining. Mold and mildew free for life.
  • Lifetime electrostatic antimicrobial furnace filters minimize airborne allergens.
  • Honeywell® Computerized Fresh Air Ventilation System allows fresher, healthier air quality without sacrificing efficiency.
  • Honeywell® HE whole house humidifiers optimize air quality.
  • Fantech remote exhaust fan system for bathrooms and the laundry. Virtually silent, this system offers protection from moisture and steam.
  • Abigail Homes' exclusive Exterior Tyvec®/Pella® Hybrid Weatherization System prevents environmental leaks from entering the home.
  • Quickflash® panels at all exterior wall penetrations prevent mold and other moisture related damage.
  • Entire structure and foundation Microbe Guard treated - an advanced antimicrobial agent offering a 25-year written guarantee against mold.
  • Roof valleys and gutter lines are protected from ice damming with ice and water shield self-sealing membranes.