Pleasant Valley Homes

Green Building

Green Building & Energy Star

Keeping energy costs low and preserving the environment is an important consideration when building your new home. Pleasant Valley Homes has been a long-time supporter of the EPA's Energy Star® program, building energy-efficient and environmentally sound homes.

Below is a list of "green" features standard in every Pleasant Valley home:

  • Tyvek ® Vapor Barrier
  • Eaveguard Ice Shield
  • Vanguard PEX Plumbing Lines
  • Moisture - Resistant Drywall in Wet Areas
  • 100% Indoor, Smoke-Free Construction
  • Low-E Windows, Argon Filled
  • R-21 Insulation in 2”x6” Exterior Walls (green guard certified)
  • Low Flow Toilets
  • Insulated Exterior Doors
  • OSB Sheathing on All Floors, Walls, Roofs
  • Low-V.O.C. Paint (Vapor Barrier)
  • Engineered Trusses and LVL Beams
  • Recycled Cellulose Blown-in Insulation
  • Formaldehyde-free Fiberglass Insulation
  • CRI Green Label Plus Certified Factory-Installed, Recycled-Content Carpet Pad
  • CRI Green Label Plus Certified Factory-Installed Carpet
  • Double-Layered Weather Stripping Between Walls and Floor/Ceiling
  • Foaming (Sealing) Around All Exterior Wall Penetrations
  • Low V.O.C. Adhesives
  • Water Saving Fixtures at 2.5 GPM
  • Engineered Heating & Cooling Systems to Minimize Energy Use and Leakage (With Full House Package Option)
  • All Homes Are Built To Current Energy Codes

Optional Green Offerings:

  • R-50 Ceiling Insulation
  • Tank-less Water Heating Systems
  • Webbed Floor Joists (stronger while using less material)
  • Energy Star-ready home features (on-site testing and other requirements apply, once home is fully constructed and finished)
Transient

Pleasant Valley Exclusive Energy Wall (Optional):

  • Resists all three types of heat transfer:
    • Conduction
    • Convection
    • Radiant Energy (most important)
  • Thermos® Bottle effective design
    • Lightweight, flexible, easy to install
  • Reflective insulation resists convective currents, provides excellent air barrier against outside air infiltration; also a vapor retarder
  • Does not absorb moisture, unlike other types of mass insulation
    • If installed with mass insulation, it can help them stay drier and warmer, eliminating dew points in mass insulation
  • Reflects and stops up to 97 percent of radiant heat
  • Resistant to moisture, mold, fungi, and rodent nesting
  • Effective year-round, in all seasons
  • Works 24 hours a day
  • Fiber-free
  • R-27 exterior wall value