Summit Habitats has incorporated eco-friendly building practices into custom homes for many years. The Pointe combines these years of experience to make a conscientious difference at this beautiful enclave of homes. Due to their established record of meeting or surpassing the green-build criteria set by Eagle County, Summit Habitats has been awarded the ECOBUILD certification. The homes at The Pointe exemplify the next generation of home building by incorporating an eco-focus to their superior aesthetics, function and value. As sample of eco-conscious features and options include the following:
- Each home is equipped with solar roof panels to augment electricity usage, keeping costs and environmental impact low. Any excess power produced beyond household usage goes back on the grid and acts as a credit for future household use that year, or may even result in a check from Holy Cross Energy for remaining negative balances every March.
- Each home receives a heat-loss calculation ensuring a properly sized, 96 percent efficiency furnace. At completion, each residence can receive air blower testing to detect any heat loss through windows and doors. If any heat loss is detected, remediation measures can be taken.
- Optional HEPA air filtration system to ensure healthy air circulation is available. Central air-conditioning is standard throughout the homes and ceiling fans provide additional circulation.
- Sprayed roof insulation is standard and rated R-52. This insulation is superior to fiberglass, as it allows less heat transfer. Wall and sub-slab insulation also guard against heat loss. Separate heating thermostats for each floor increase energy efficiency.
- A state-of-the-art remote controlled lighting system, such as Lutron’s RadioRA.2, is an option for the entire home.
- All windows and exterior doors are Pella aluminum-clad* and double-paned with E Glaze, minimizing UV ray penetration.
- Low-flow toilets and showerheads that limit water flow per minute are options in the baths.
- Kitchen countertop options include Caesarstone, which is made from recycled, crushed quartz. Caesarstone is the first company to receive ISO 14001 certification - a global standard for environmental protection.
- Energy Star certified appliance package includes a Wolf or Viking range*, Sub-Zero or Viking refrigerator*, Wolf or Viking double ovens*, Viking dishwasher* and a Sharp microwave.*
- Sustainable cedar exterior siding, with a Forest Stewardship Council and Sustainable Forest Initiative certification, is used on each home. This certification ensures that the wood is sourced from regrowth, rather than old growth forests. Buff Ledge stone, one exterior stone option, is quarried locally in the San Juan Valley, reducing the carbon imprint of transportation.
- Roofing materials include low maintenance, fire resistant, commercial-grade asphalt shingles and corrugated metal.
- Three-panel knotty alder doors, cabinetry and trim complement each home throughout.
- Xeriscaped landscaping uses native plant species, and/or contained lawn or garden areas that reduce exterior water consumption and on-going maintenance.
- During construction, Summit Habitats is committed to recycling scrap metal, cardboard, glass and other recyclable materials. Additionally, excess building supplies are donated to organizations such as Habitat for Humanity.