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Wilshire builds homes that are Eco Smart without downplaying the aesthetic factor and the curb appeal. Believe it when we say this: there is no feeling greater than living in a comfortable and beautiful house knowing that you are conserving the environment, getting long-term savings, and increasing the home’s resale value.
Verified and Certified Green Home Building
The Wilshire Homes Eco Smart program warrants that our homes are certified GREEN through the Green Built Texas protocol. Green Built Texas is a recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources. This makes our homes energy-efficient and environmentally responsible.
An Eco Smart home from Wilshire provides a healthier environment inside your home, is more cost efficient to operate and maintain, uses fewer natural resources and is inspected for performance by 3rd parties. What it comes down to is a CLEANER, HEALTHIER, MORE COST EFFICIENT home for you and your family.
Blower Door Test
We conduct a Blower Door Test on every home we build. This allows us to locate and correct any air leakage. Did you know that air leakage is responsible for 30-33% of a home’s heat loss? We use 3rd party providers to ensure transparency and consistency in the test.
HVAC Unit and Duct Sizing
There are several ways in which Wilshire Homes promises energy efficiencies for homes in Austin. To start off, we use a unique AC/Heating blueprint that is designed based on:
- The number and size of windows in the house
- Size of the home
- Presence of other energy efficiency components
To ensure all these components work together efficiently, we accurately size the HVAC equipment using the Manual J of the Air Conditioning Contractors of America.
Water Efficiency PEX Plumbing System
What is a PEX plumbing system? It’s another way to improve resource efficiency in your new home. The PEX system uses a manifold configuration while other regular copper systems use a non-manifold setup. The manifold setup allows us to deliver hot water lines directly to bathrooms. The Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH) conducted research that determined that the PEX manifold based system maximizes the water usage efficiency by delivering hot water twice as fast as copper systems.
ENERGY STAR® Rated Dishwasher
Energy Star rated dishwashers can save you 25% each time you use it. How? Energy Star rated dishwashers use 3 gallons of water less per load saving on water usage as well as on the cost of heating those 3 gallons of water.
Ensuring the most comfort, we build your home with optimum insulation (R-13 wall and R-38 flat ceiling). Also, to guarantee correct installation your insulation will be inspected by a professional.
16 SEER A/C System
Featuring a higher Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER), your Wilshire Homes A/C system uses less energy to operate making it more efficient. Additional benefits for the homeowner are improved control of the internal climate, improved energy costs and noise reduction.
To minimize air infiltration, we seal all penetrations of the floors and walls, as well as the joints between building materials.
Third Party Energy Inspections
Not only do you have our certifications and our word that we built you and energy efficient home, but an unbiased 3rd party inspector will also give you their word. Independent inspectors will direct the inspection of the home’s envelope, with the goal of insuring that each new home meets all of the quality and energy efficiency standards. Lastly, each new home receives a final inspection from an independent 3rd party to warrant that the home meets the important HERS Index.