D.E. Rink Construction can help you reach an Energy Star rating, which offers cash incentives to help manage energy costs, increase comfort, and protect the environment with lower utility bills. Let us help guide you through the paperwork to get rebates on window replacement, additional insulation, and mechanical upgrades.
Before it was called “Building Green”, D.E. Rink Construction has promoted energy efficiency, solar gain, recyclable materials, and sustainable best practices in home building projects.
Roofing: More sustainable and durable roofing materials such as steel and fiber cement reduce the frequency of roof replacement.
Energy-efficient windows incorporating new advanced green technologies like low-emittance (low-E) glass coatings, gas filler between layers, and composite framing materials keep heat inside in the winter and outside in the summer.
Shades: Indoor or outdoor shades or awnings help control the heat of summer and the cold of winter. Shades can be automated so you don’t have to be home to protect your furnishings from sun damage.
Insulation: Increasing the amount and R-value of insulation is a cost-effective way to save energy and help reduce heating and cooling bills, which account for at least half of energy use in the home. Sprayed insulation made of foam, cellulose or wool is an alternative to traditional glass fiber batting.
Foundations should be as well insulated as the living space walls for efficient home energy use and enhanced comfort, particularly if the basement is used as a family room or bedroom.
Passive solar design features like large, south-facing windows help heat the home in the winter and allows for increased natural daylight.
Xeriscaping, or using native plants, significantly reduces the need for watering, fertilizers, and herbicides.
Mechanical: Selecting more efficient, correctly sized heating, cooling, and water-heating equipment save money. Tankless water heaters provide hot water on demand at a preset temperature rather than storing it, which reduces or eliminates standby losses.
Flooring: In addition to natural wood, flooring choices include low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) carpets for better indoor air quality, laminates that successfully mimic scarce hardwood, and linoleum, a natural product making a design comeback.
Appliances: The energy efficiency of refrigerators and freezers has tripled over the last three decades because they have more insulation, new advanced compressors, better door seals, and more accurate temperature controls. Front-loading washers use about 40% less water and half the energy of conventional models. Energy Star®-rated appliances save an average of 30 percent over standard models.
Decks, fencing: Recycled plastic lumber and wood composite materials reduce reliance on chemically treated lumber and durable hardwood for decks, porches, trim, and fencing.
Water-saving plumbing fixtures: Toilets have been redesigned with bowls and tanks that use less water, but function more efficiently than first-generation low-flow models. Some use pumps for supplementary water pressure. European toilets let you choose whether to flush a lot or a little. Advanced shower and sink faucet aerators provide the same flow regardless of pressure to reduce a water use issue and the energy required to heat it.
Trees: Tree preservation reduces landscaping and future energy costs and helps provide winter windbreaks or summer shade. Additional landscaping improves the environment even more. One tree can filter 60 lbs. of pollutants from the air each year.
Oriented strand board (OSB) is an engineered wood product that does not require large trees for its manufacture. It is resource-efficient and enhances durability and is used to sheathe roofs and walls in 75 percent of new Oregon homes.