High Performance

“High Performance” is the standard at SugarOak.  We recognize that what we build has an impact on the natural environment, our quality of life and our health.  We understand that today’s Homeowner is concerned about issues like environmental impact, operating costs and resale value.  We continue to be committed to adding value to our construction projects while also meeting the needs of our clients through our knowledge and experience with cost effective and affordable high performance construction techniques.

We believe that an integrated approach to design and construction is the most effective way to achieve better performance and comfort, however, a variety of sustainable, environmentally friendly building products and construction methods can be used at any phase of construction.  We examine the resource efficiency of each project, prioritize our client’s individual green building goals and develop strategies for success.    Improving the exterior envelope of a home by incorporating advanced insulation, air sealing techniques, moisture control and high window performance, along with energy efficient appliances, lighting and high efficiency heating and cooling systems have a dramatic impact on energy use and comfort.

To assess our performance, we offer the option of adding an independent third party professional verifier to our team to inspect and test our work.  They assure homes designed to  meet the Energy Star or National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) performance guidelines, actually do achieve the goal.

SugarOak has a history of environmental awareness. We have been installing energy efficient geothermal systems and using advanced insulating techniques since the early 1990’s.

We strive to stay aware of changes in this dynamic industry by participating in the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association (NVBIA) Green Committee.  In 2009, we volunteered to use one of our homes under construction, as a field instruction portion of an Energy Star Class, evaluated by the National Director of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Sam Rashkin.   It was a great hands-on learning experience for everyone!

SugarOak is a partner with the EPA as an Energy Star Builder; homes that earn the Energy Star rating meet rigorous EPA guidelines.    According to the EPA, Energy Star homes typically use 15% less energy than homes built to meet the 2004 International Residential Code (IRC), and typically use 20% - 30% less energy than standard homes.  We also participate with the NAHB and have a NAHB Certified Green Professional (CGP) leading our team.

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