Zero-Net Energy Homes: that means, no gas or no electric bills. We are able to construct our homes to the highest efficiency levels and then generate as much energy needed for heating and electrical use through renewable resources. In the end, we produce as much as we consume to create a Zero-Net Energy Home.
BerHoff Homes is passionate about the environment. We incorporate environmental considerations and resource efficiency into every step of the building and development process to minimize environmental impact. The design, construction, and operation of our homes focus on energy and water efficiency, resource efficient building design and materials, indoor environmental quality, and take the home’s overall impact on the environment into account. However, many of the processes and technologies that go into a green home happen behind the scenes and behind the walls.
Energy-Efficient Features – Many of the energy-efficient qualities of our green homes are easy to spot. Appliances, windows, and water heating systems have ENERGY STAR® ratings. Our homes also include efficient lighting fixtures and bulbs. Renewable energy sources, such as photovoltaic electricity and water heating systems, further decrease the overall energy consumption within the home. At a minimum, all of our homes are renewable ready, allowing you to incorporate renewable energy sources to your home any time in the future.
Indoor Air Quality Features – Our heating, air conditioning and ventilation system (HVAC) are appropriately sized for an efficient and properly ventilated home. Fans in the kitchen and bathrooms cycle fresh air inside, and release stale air. Low-VOC paints and finishes are used as standard. All homes now meet the EPA Indoor airPLUS program.
A Healthy Environment – When selecting paints, flooring, cabinetry, lighting and accessories, the chemicals and products used are extremely important for the health and air quality of your home. BerHoff Homes, LLC is very selective of such products, the makeup and off-gassing in how it impacts your overall health. The Green Design Center is a partner in this process.
Water-Efficient Features – Fixtures and appliances such as low-flow showerheads, faucets, and toilets, and ENERGY STAR® dishwashers and washing machines all conserve water. Programmed, low-volume irrigation systems, rainwater collection systems, wastewater treatment and heat recovery systems, and hot water recirculation systems also save water.
Resource-Efficient Features – These decisions—from home size, to orientation on the lot, to floor plan layout—are made in the design of your home and development of the lot. The house orientation and design should ideally take advantage of natural daylight to reduce lighting needs, and should use strategies to reduce heat gain in the summer and heat loss in the winter. Depending upon your selections, your home may contain renewable materials, including reclaimed or rapidly-renewable wood species, and recycled-content materials in carpets, tiles, and concrete formulations.
Outside the Home – In a green home, care should be taken to preserve trees and other vegetation native to the area. Landscaping should contain plants that are appropriate for the climate, and grouped according to water needs. Driveways and other impervious surfaces should be reduced as much as possible, and may be composed of gravel, permeable block pavers, grids, or other permeable systems. Erosion maintenance practices that maintain the integrity of the construction site are also utilized.
Third Party Verification – Anyone can say that your home is green or energy efficient, but we prove it. Through the planning and building process, the LEED-H building program and Focus on Energy program will be utilized. The U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System is an important program that encourages environmentally responsible building. BerHoff Homes, LLC is proud to build LEED-H certified homes.
Many of our homes exceed the minimum requirements of the LEED-H program and are over 60% more efficient than the Focus on Energy program. Upon completion of your home, a performance test will be conducted by a Focus on Energy consultant to prove it. Such designations directly rate to higher resale values and recognized quality homes.
BerHoff Homes, LLC 3077 Saffron Lane Neenah, WI 54956