Green Remodeling

AA Designs is committed to preserve Southern California’s beautiful communities by using environmentally friendly building methods.

Today’s customers demand energy efficient construction to combat the rising costs of energy and alleviate environmental concerns. We are continuously creating new ways to use green building technology by designing and building the best quality and value into all our projects. We embrace the green concept only when it makes overall sense, and we use only the practical solutions that save energy and money. How much premium are you willing to pay to use green or cutting edge technology products, and are the benefits really worth the additional cost? Unless we verify reasonable return on investment (ROI) we can’t justify the extra cost. Is it worth it to spend $20,000 on a solar panel system to save $50 a month? To some it is worth it, but most of us a better way to save money is to install occupancy sensors and replace all light bulbs with compact fluorescent or LED bulbs. Low voltage light fixtures provide better energy efficiency. MR (Multifaceted Reflector) bulbs have big advantages over standard PAR halogens: they produce a lot more light at the same wattage, they are much smaller than the PAR Halogens, are available in several beam angles, and since 85% of the heat they generate is dissipated to the rear of the bulb, you can have them much closer to the object that you are illuminating. Read about green home ideas at: http://greenhomeguide.com/

Additional energy savings come from installing Low-E argon gas filled windows, using windows with high performance impact glass formulated to reject solar heat while maintaining visibility, adding attic insulation and replacing weather seals. Low VOC paints, MDF boards, MDF moldings and other environmentally friendly materials and high efficiency water heaters and appliances are additional ways to go green. Spray foam insulation is a high-performance insulation and air barrier system that works to minimize the intrusion of outdoor pollen, allergens, pollution heat and humidity from entering the building. By sealing the building the foam controls moisture transfer through the building envelope and increases the energy efficiency.

By using products that we know will last, and by always being on the cutting edge of new building technologies we build durable and sustainable (green) homes that will not only save you money in the long run, but that will also help to save our limited environmental resources. Green home building method is a growing trend among many home builders nationwide. AA Designs is committed to continuing to use our proven and time tested green construction process.

AA Designs builds the best green homes in America – period!

End of story. The physics of building structures in Southern California’s hot climate are hard enough on their own, but ‘AA Designs executes the details better than any builder I know. State-of-the-art meets the art…Nice, very nice indeed.” says Joe Mark, CEO and owner of Mark Designs, architectural design firm with more than 8,000 permits in Southern California. Building with green products is only part of what we do. We can also help you save energy by using passive solar design and solar orientation that fits the new as well as the existing structure. By designing to maximize the benefits of the sun’s trajectory on the interior temperature and on the light distribution of your home we can help you save energy and create a more enjoyable living environment. Optimum window locations and sizes help limit the amount of heat generated by sunlight while still bringing natural light inside all spaces, and is an excellent way to go green. Automatic salt water pool system makes chlorine for your pool from salt saves you money and is environmentally friendly. Solar pool heating saves energy and lets you keep on using your pool year round at the lowest possible cost. Click here to read about builders across the US building green energy efficient homes: http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy01osti/30504.pdf

We always inform our clients about most sensible building products and design practices. We assist our clients in making decisions that enhance the quality of life now and in the future. For some clients using green technology is more about saving the environment than saving money. We do understand, appreciate and share that commitment to our planet. Here are some websites to help you in your green planning. By building a green home after careful evaluation we feel we have our client’s and our planet’s best interest at heart. See www.greenhomeguide.org for more information.

Recycle, reuse and reduce construction debris

• Deconstruction:
- Protect our environment by selectively dismantling a building and it’s components for re-use and recycling (framing members, doors, windows, appliances, lights, etc.).
www.deconstructioninstitute.com

Third party building products rating system

• Energy Star
- US Department of Energy guidelines for the energy-efficiency of appliances, heating and cooling systems, windows, doors, and roofing products.
- Defines consumer tax credits based upon Energy Star ratings.
www.energystar.gov
http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=tax_credits.tx_index

• Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP)
- Helps the Federal Government buy ”green”
- Calculates the costs and benefits of purchasing choices
www.epa.gov/oppt/epp/

• Green Home Guide
- Informative website designs to assist homeowners and design
professionals in choosing the correct building product for their
application.
www.greenhomeguide.com

Green certification organizations

California Green Building Coalition (CGBC) – a nonprofit 501(C)3 California corporation dedicated to improving the built environment. The CGBC ”Green home standard” indicates the criteria by which a California home, new or existing, can be designated green. Certifying Agents can guide designers, builders or homebuyers through the process of qualifying and documenting green homes. See more about CGBC’s Home Certification Standard by visiting: http://californiagreenbuilding.org/homes

National Association of Home Builders’ green (NAHB) -  ICC 700 National Green Building Standard™ is the first and only residential green building rating system to undergo the full consensus process and receive approval from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The ICC 700 standard defines green building for single- and multifamily homes, residential remodeling projects, and site development projects while still allowing for the flexibility required for regionally appropriate best green practices. Learn more about NAHB’s Green Building Standard by visiting: http://www.nahbgreen.org/NGBS/default.aspx

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED for homes) - LEED for homes is an internationally-recognized green building certification system. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in March 2000, LEED for homes provides home owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions. For more information about LEED for homes and how AA Designs integrates this program into our projects please visit us at: http://www.aadesigns.com/LEEDforHomes.html

Water Sense
- US Environmental Protection Agency guidelines for water saving plumbing fixtures
www.epa.gov/watersense

• Scientific Certification Systems (SCS)
- Certification for building products ranging from forestry to agriculture
www.scscertified.com

• Greenguard Environmental Institute (GEI)
- Product certification program for low emitting interior building materials, furnishings and finish systems
- Measure indoor air quality
www.greenguard.org

• Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI)
- Product certification program for low emitting interior carpeting
- Measure indoor air quality
www.carpet-rug.org

• Master Painters Institute (MPI)
- Product certification program for low emitting VOC paints
- Measure indoor air quality (paints, primers, stains, etc.)

• Green homes from BluHomes
- Ready designs to choose from
- Custom designs available
- Cooperates with contractors for on-site assembly

To learn more about  visit:

www.bluhomes.com

Products we use

• Trex decking
- Exterior decking board and railing products
- Constructed using recycled plastic grocery bags and reclaimed wood products
www.trex.com

• Radiant barrier and rubber roof coating
- Exterior decking board and railing products
- Constructed using recycled plastic grocery bags and reclaimed wood products
http://www.gaf.com/Roofing/Commercial/Green-Roof-Central/Green-Roof-Central.aspx

http://www.gp.com/build/product.aspx?pid=5857

http://www.radiantguard.com/radiant-barrier-faqs.aspx

http://www.lrhomesolutions.com/roofing/raddiant_barrier_plywood.htmcom

http://www.hytechsales.com/prod85.html

http://insulmation.stores.yahoo.net/thcome.html

http://www.savenrg.com/atticfan.htm

http://www.solaratticfan.com/product-info/competitive_comparison.html

http://www.epdmcoatings.com/index.html

• Windsor ONE
    – Factory primed quality controlled wood interior, exterior and trim products
- Low VOC primers benefit installers (cutting and sanding) and home owners
www.windsorone.com

• James Hardie
- Fiber cement products (siding, exterior trim, etc.)
- Long lasting products which resist water, heat, and UV radiation
- Water shielding/shedding materials versus absorbing (brick)
- Low VOC paints and primers on prefinished materials provides big
benefits to installers (cutting and sanding) and home owners
www.jameshardie.com

• Andersen doors and windows
    – Energy Star rated
- Sound insulator, durability, low VOC due to the prefinished product
and reclaimed wood (no wood preservatives added)
www.andersenwindows.com

• PEX pipes and SharkBite fittings

http://www.pexinfo.com/

http://www.pexpipe.org/

http://www.ppfahome.org/pex/faqpex.html

http://www.sharkbite.com/usa/en/about-sharkbite

• WaterSense technology, Kohler and Toto
- Water Sense products (faucets, toilets, etc.)

http://www.bewatersmart.org/RebatePrograms/WaterSenseHigEfficencyToilets/ToiletsFAQ.html

http://www.us.kohler.com/onlinecatalog/product_result.jsp?module=WaterSense&category=13&subcategory=120

http://www.epa.gov/WaterSense/product_search.html

www.totousa.com

• Carrier
- Heating and cooling systems for residential and light commercial
www.residential.carrier.com

• Benjamin Moore
- Interior and exterior paints
- Natura, Zero VOC paints and primers
www.benjaminmoore.com

• Takagi and Rinnai tankless water heaters  

http://www.takagi.com/index.php?product_id=1&page_id=2

www.rinnai.us/tankless-water-heaters

• Tyvek
- Dupont product used to reduce air and water intrusion.
www.dupont.com/Tyvek/en_US/index.html

Schluter-DITRA
- Schluter systems provides uncoupling layer, waterproofing membrane, vapor management layer that accommodates moisture from beneath the tile covering, and support/load distribution for both wall and floor tiles.
http://www.schluter.com/6_1_ditra.aspx

• Jandy and Pentair
- High efficiency pool and spa pumps, heaters and lights for residential and commercial
www.pentair.com

www.zodiacr.com

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