sustainable_by_design_headerWith home energy usage accounting for 17% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, we have always embraced green building as an important element of what makes South Main sustainable. All homes in South Main are Energy Star rated, and with Energy Star transitioning to its new version 3.0, this means our homes meet rigorous standards and are tested by a third-party inspector.

Particularly in our colder climate, a tight building envelope means reduced emissions and savings for the homeowner, making it one of the most important features of a green home. Our extremely well-insulated homes feature high-efficiency furnaces or boilers, spray-in foam or blown cellulose insulation, insulated foundations and durable, high-efficiency aluminum clad windows. All homes in South Main undergo a blower door testĀ  to ensure that windows and walls are tightly sealed, and appliances and lighting meet or exceed Energy Star's high efficiency standards. We encourage the use of reclaimed flooring and other reclaimed materials whenever possible, and we useĀ  on-site stone extensively for foundations, chimneys, cobblestones and more.

Click here for more detail on green building from co-founder Katie Selby Urban, and click here to read more about sustainability in South Main.