Energy Efficiency

Helping the planet (especially your little piece of it)

Each handcrafted Van Metre home promotes energy conservation in several ways. We use environmentally-friendly construction materials. We design homes to be energy efficient when heating and cooling, which is also good for your budget, too. And then we go far beyond what most others builders will do: we act as proper stewards of the land. Because we own and develop most of our communities, we can control the environment surrounding our homes. We can save trees, enhance waterways, design hiking trail systems—all of which adds up to preserving the natural beauty of your community for generations to come.

  • House Wrap Weather-Resistant Barrier on exterior walls
  • Advanced framing techniques
  • Air barrier and sealing
  • R-38 Ceiling insulation in all homes
  • PlyGem Low-E insulated glass vinyl windows
  • Energy-Saving Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulbs and LED lights
  • Building green appliances: Refrigerators & Dishwashers (standard), Washers & Dryers (optional)
  • Construction site recycling of wood, cardboard, and scrap metals reducing the volume of trash going to landfills
  • Engineered wood products used for subfloors and floor joists
  • Bath faucets with flow rate of 2.2 gallons per minute (versus industry standard of 2.5 GPM)
  • Landscapes utilizing local native plants
  • LOW VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) paints, sealants and finishes
  • Hardwired smoke and carbon detectors
  • 410A refrigerant in central air conditioning systems
  • Green rated Taexx and Borate utilized for Termite control