Green Construction

When we build a house we adhere to the 10 most innovative sustainability rules.
  1. Quality and Durability vs. Size. We build a house that is the right size for your family calculating heating and cooling future expenses. Smart design makes a house feel bigger with more useful space. 
  2. Solar Systems. We recommend installing solar panels for optimum performance of your house. A photovoltaic roofing absorbs sunlight and converts it into direct current (DC) electricity which is later converted into alternating current (AC) that can be used in the house. Your home can use this electricity and that may be all the electricity you need. Your home will only pull electricity through your electric meter when you need more than your roof collects.
  3. Good Cover. We use a high quality “total fill” type of insulation that completely fills the void in the walls (i.e. blown-in fiberglass, cellulose or foam). Foam, caulk and weatherstrip every penetration and crack to avoid air infiltration that compromises the energy efficiency, comfort, and indoor air quality of the house. After the house is built we will test it with a “blower door” and prove that your home has less than 0.40 air changes per hour.
  4. Roofing System. We will recommend you to have Lifetime (50 year) roof installed. The roof of the house protects everything in it. That is why it is wise to invest in a good roofing system that will serve you and your family for many years. We recommend to install a tile, metal or lifetime 50-year composition shingle roof that will ease your fears about deterioration and leaks. Tile, metal, and Class 4 asphalt shingles can save energy and reduce the cost of homeowner insurance.
  5. Building Orientation. We make sure that your house is specifically designed in a way that allows the sun in where you want it in the winter and shading where you want it in the summer with trees, covered porches, roof overhangs, and window awnings.
  6. Energy Efficient Windows and Doors. We Install low-E (emissivity) windows and doors to reduce the harmful effects of the sun in summer and retain the heat inside the home in winter. To prevent suffering from the hot sun in a warmer climate such as in Texas we use a long rectangle shape with the short ends facing east and west. A southern exposure provides enough light without much sun exposure. This shape also works best for cross ventilation. For a colder climate we use a compact squarer shape windows that keep the heat in the house.
  7. Effective HVAC System. We install a high-efficiency with 13 SEER, 90% AFUE and computer calculated “right-sized” equipment according to an ACCA Manual J calculation based on the design, construction, and orientation of the house. This allows us to keep the efficiency high and prevents the homeowner from paying more than needed. We make sure duct runs are as short and straight as possible and ducts are sealed airtight with mastic (not duct tape). We professionally pressure-test all ducts and seek a goal of under 10% leakage (national average 30%). A pleated-media filter (rated at MERV 6-12) is installed to help the equipment last longer and improve indoor air quality. 
  8. Flooring. Our suggestion is to always minimize carpet and vinyl products. Carpet holds the allergens and off-gasses chemicals and vinyl holds off-gas chemicals. That is why we recommend to install hard surface flooring such as wood, cork, concrete, tile, and linoleum. These types of flooring are durable, easy to clean and won’t harbor mold, dust, dust mites, and other allergens. 
  9. Interior Painting. We use low or no-VOC (under 150 grams/liter) interior paints and finishes . VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) in paints and finishes is released for 8 years after application. This process, known as ‘off-gassing’ is considered by the EPA to contribute to the fact that indoor air is three times more polluted than outdoor air and is one of the top 5 hazards to human health.
  10. Exterior Materials. For the exterior we recommend natural stone or fiber cement siding. Natural stone is the most eco-friendly material and gives a great look to the house. The fiber cement siding material is formulated with the primary ingredients of cement, sand, cellulose and water. Surface styles can vary from smooth, to rough; imitation stucco to a wide variety of decorative finishes. 
We will work together with you to choose the design. Our professionals and subcontractors for any specific project will bring their professional opinions and ideas to support any ideas that you may have. We all work together bringing different experiences from different areas of expertise. 
At Construction Giant, Inc. we all work to make you our happy customer and make this world a better place.  

Sustainability is here to stay. It is smart business. We can help you make the best economic decisions, both for the immediate and long term savings.