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46th Annual Preservation Awards

Posted on June 2, 2015 at 2:30pm by admin No Comment

Last night the Morton Theater hosted the 46th Annual Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation Preservation Awards. With all the revitalization going on around Athens, the awards committee and co-chairs really had their work cut out for them in deciding which amazing projects received recognition. We were very honored to be among those considered and are very excited to say we received 3 awards! These awards are:


Excellence in Community Revitalization – 1280 West Broad Street

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Of all things, our modest office building was recognized for contributing towards community revitalization. If you know anything about our location, which is at the corner of West Broad and Rocksprings, you’ll know hardly anyone was jumping at the opportunity to take on such a run down, dilapidated house.  Having been abandoned for decades and used by squatters, bringing life to one of the last single family structures on West Broad was no easy feat. After tedious renovations, we at J.W. York Homes are happy to call this little rock house our home.

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Outstanding Rehabilitation – 395 Barber Street

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Recognizing J.W. York Homes

 

Y’all, this house was gross. And had a terrible reputation. Honestly though, we were very excited about renovating it. We were able to keep the original floors and mantels and even found and reused a very extraordinary piece of millwork. We think it turned out pretty well and are very honored that the Heritage Foundation recognized our work here.

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Outstanding Rehabilitation – 328 Dearing Street

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Recognizing David Matheny, J.W. York Homes, and Matt and Ashley Steele

This extremely lovely home was originally built in 1810 on Lyndon Avenue. It was moved to its current location on Dearing Street in the 1860’s, after which the right wing was built. Another rear addition was built at some point during the past century as well. Unfortunately over the years this home known as the Pink Chimneys was neglected over the years. Thankfully we were were able to get our hands on it just as some fabulous clients – Matt and Ashley Steele – feel in love with Pink Chimneys and wanted to bring her to life. Because the before and after of a home like this is what every Design.Build. Team dreams of, we were extremely excited to take this journey with them. We were able to refinish almost all of the original heart pine floors and two claw foot tubs. There are 6 fireplaces kept – all of which we kept original mantels, 4 of which we have refurbished, 2 of which we have installed replica coal burning direct vent gas inserts, and 2 of which we have installed new tile. Oneta Woodworks supplied heart pine rescued from the old Jittery Joes roaster on East Broad Street for a beam wrap, island countertop, and shelves in the kitchen and keeping rooms. After many months of hard work, we are nearly finished with this renovation and are so excited the Steele’s will be able to move in to this now gorgeous and recognized piece of history.

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We would be remise if we didn’t also mention the other incredible projects that received recognition last night. You can find a complete list in this article from Online Athens written by Jim Thompson. Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation presents preservation awards.

Congratulations to you all!

 

Granite vs. Quartz Countertops

Posted on March 19, 2015 at 2:30pm by admin No Comment

While working with our clients, we frequently get questions about the difference between granite and quartz countertops. Which one is better? That’s a personal decision- but hopefully this article can help you decide what’s best for you and your family.

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By: Jeanne Kinsella

Solid vs. Engineered Stone

The first difference to consider between granite and quartz is that they are different types of stone- one is naturally occurring and one is manmade. Granite is mined from the earth in solid chunks. After the granite is extracted, it’s broken down into slabs or tiles and polished so it can be used in your home. Granite is 100% natural, so if you want an authentic stone countertop, granite is the choice for you. Quartz is an engineered stone created from crushed quartz mineral pieces as well as resin, which binds everything together, and pigment, which adds color to the stone. The common makeup of quartz countertops is 93% quartz and 7% resin and pigment. While a quartz countertop may look natural, the colors and patterns are artificially created, unlike granite countertops.

Aesthetics and Appearance

Both granite and quartz are beautiful and aesthetically pleasing, but have some important differences in appearance to be considered. Because granite is a natural stone, the patterns and colors are limited as compared to quartz. Granite can range from being ‘speckled’ to ‘wavy’ in pattern. While there is a wide variety of color options in granite,  the possibilities aren’t numerous due to it being completely natural. You will see color and pattern variation throughout granite slabs – even within one solid slab you are likely to see differences! If you want a consistent color and pattern in your countertop, then quartz is likely what you are looking for. The colors of quartz are limitless due to the pigment process. Because patterns are manmade, they will not vary.  Quartz countertops can look completely solid with no visible crystals, or can have chunks of crystal and stone throughout.  Which look is better? That’s really up to you!

Durability and Maintenance

Granite, while being an extremely durable stone, does have weaknesses. While it is very strong, it should not be considered unbreakable. It is possible for granite to crack and chip- however, it is not uncommon for granite countertops to last over 50 years without any type of significant damage. Additionally, granite is not naturally stain resistant. At J.W. York Homes we do seal your granite countertop with a 15-year sealer, which should help protect the granite from most stains. Of course, if you spill a glass of red wine on your granite countertop, it is not a great idea to let it sit! Granite is a porous material- so if you do not seal it, bacteria can grow in your countertop. Quartz does not require the same level of care as granite. It never needs to be sealed due to its non-porous surface. Quartz is also a more flexible surface than granite, meaning that it is less likely to crack and chip. Again, this does not make the countertop invincible, but it is a very hard and durable surface. When it comes to durability and maintenance, quartz countertops have a little bit of an edge over granite.

Cost

Granite and quartz can range greatly in price. While you can buy extremely expensive granite countertops, you can also get very affordable granite. Quartz is similar in the fact that the prices can range greatly, but in general, quartz tends to be more costly than granite. Overall, you can purchase a granite for a lower price than quartz.

Summary

To summarize, granite is a naturally occurring stone with color and pattern variation. It does need to be kept sealed, but can certainly add lots of character to a space. It can be extremely cost-effective. Quartz is an engineered stone with consist color and pattern throughout. It never has to be sealed, and is also very strong and durable. While a few available colors can be found in the mid-level granite price range, most colors and patterns will be more expensive than most of your granite options. Both types of countertops are great options for you home.

Which countertop material do you like best and why? Let us know!

 

Information gathered from: http://www.countertopguides.com/guides/granite-vs-quartz-countertops.html; http://countertopinvestigator.com/quartz-granite/; https://blog.udemy.com/quartz-vs-granite-countertops/

Picture from: http://imagineerremodeling.com/kitchen-design-trends-new-trends-will-debut-2014/

Why We Prefer Energy Star Qualified Appliances

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 2:30pm by admin No Comment

EnergyStarLogoAt J.W. York Homes, we believe the entire home should be energy efficient, including the appliances! Read here why we specify Energy Star qualified appliances. 

Energy Star® Appliances

Adapted by  Janie L. Harris, M.Ed., CRS

Energy Star®-labeled appliances save you money by using less electricity and water than other appliances. Better appliance energy efficiency comes from quality materials and technologically advanced materials.

Although energy efficient models sometimes cost more to purchase initially, any extra up-front cost can often be made up with savings on your utility bill. One helpful way to figure out if buying an Energy Star® appliance makes sense for you is to think of two price tags.

The first price tag is the purchase price that you pay at the store when you buy the appliance. Some local utilities offer rebates on the purchase and installation of Energy Star® rated appliances. If yours does, this would reduce the initial price.

The second price tag is the cost to operate the appliance over its lifetime. You pay to operate the appliance every month for as long as you own the appliance. You might be surprised to see how much it can cost to own an appliance that seems like a good deal up front.

What is an Energy Star® Appliance?

The Energy Star® may be found on clothes washers, refrigerators, dishwashers, and room air conditioners. An appliance receives the Energy Star® rating if it is significantly more energy efficient than the minimum government standards, as determined by standard testing procedures. The amount by which an appliance must exceed the minimum standards is different for each product rated, and depends on available technology. Energy Star® rated products are always among the most efficient available today.

Energy Star® clothes washer

Energy Star® clothes washers use superior designs that require less water to get clothes thoroughly clean. These machines use sensors to match the hot water needs to the load, preventing energy waste.

There are two designs: top-loading and front-loading.

Both designs will get clothes cleaner and take better care of your fabrics, while using less water and energy than standard washing machines.

Front-loading Energy Star® models are similar in design to washers used in laundromats. These horizontal-axis or tumble-action machines repeatedly lift and drop clothes, instead of moving clothes around a central axis.

Top-loading Energy Star® washers use sensor technology to closely control the incoming water temperature. To reduce water consumption, they spray clothes with repeated high-pressure rinses to remove soap residues rather than soaking them in a full tub of rinse water.

What does this mean to you?
  • Nearly 50 percent less water and 30% to 40% less energy used per load
  • Washer design causes less wear and tear on clothes
  • Bulky items such as blankets fit easily in the super capacity basket
  • Better water extraction means less dryer time, for further energy savings

A typical household does nearly 400 loads of laundry per year, using about 40 gallons of water per full load with a conventional washer. In contrast, a full-size Energy Star® clothes washer uses 20 to 25 gallons per load. You could save as much as 7,000 gallons of water per year. And, you are saving all the energy that would have been needed to heat that water. This adds up to savings for you and a big boost for the environment.

Energy Star® refrigerators

The refrigerator is the single biggest power consumer in most households. A typical refrigerator made around 1990 uses over 900 kilowatt hours per year—that’s the same amount of energy you would use by leaving a 1,250 watt hair dryer on for a month! And the older your refrigerator is, the more power it burns. Energy Star® refrigerators incorporate a number of advanced features to save energy while keeping your food fresh. To make a better refrigerator, manufacturers use:

  • Better insulation
  • More efficient compressors
  • Improved heat transfer surfaces
  • More precise temperature and defrost mechanisms

With improved insulation, the compressor needs to run less often. Since the compressor runs less often and therefore produces less heat while it is running, the kitchen remains cooler. This in turn reduces the need to air condition as much to maintain the same comfort level. Energy Star® refrigerators must exceed minimum federal standards for energy consumption by at least 20%.

Manual defrost refrigerators are not covered under the Energy Star® program, but are generally more efficient than automatic defrost refrigerators. Proper maintenance of manual defrost refrigerators is necessary to realize the energy savings. The Department of Energy offers tips on buying refrigerators and lowering the energy usage of your refrigerator.

Energy Star® dishwashers

Energy Star® dishwashers save by using both improved technology for the primary wash cycle, and by using less hot water to clean. Construction includes energy efficient motors, and other advanced technology such as sensors that determine the length of the washing cycle and the temperature of the water necessary to clean the dishes.

A significant savings can be be realized by minimizing the amount of hot water needed. Dishwashers use built-in electric heaters to heat water to a temperature hot enough to clean the dishes effectively. Energy Star® dishwashers minimize the amount of water needed, saving the energy required to heat it in addition to other efficiencies. Energy Star® dishwashers must exceed minimum federal standards by at least 13%.

 

Read the rest of the article: http://fcs.tamu.edu/housing/efficient_housing/equipment_and_appliances/energy_star_appliances.php

 

A Home Tour with Local College Students

Posted on June 18, 2014 at 2:30pm by admin No Comment

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A Home Tour with Local College Students

At J.W. York Homes, we love getting involved  in the local community, especially when it comes to construction and design programs. We are fortunate that there are multiple excellent programs here in Athens for students interested in construction and design. This week, Jared was able share our progress at 365 Milledge Heights with Interior Design students at Athens Technical College who are taking a summer course in Construction Process. Here, Jared speaks on the importance of the framing and rough-in stages of a home and how they are often overlooked during the design process. We’d like to thank Phillip Myer and all of the students for allowing us to be apart of their educational experience!

2014 Preservation Award

Posted on June 3, 2014 at 2:30pm by admin No Comment

2014 Preservation Award          

We are excited to announce that we have just received the 2014 Preservation Award in Outstanding New Construction in a Historic Area for the Pulaski Heights Neighborhood from the Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation! We are so proud to share this honor with Bork Design, Inc. and the residents of 152, 165, and 175 Hendrix Avenue. It was a pleasure to work alongside Lori Bork and her team as well as the homeowners in building these amazingly unique infill homes. 

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If you’re not familiar with these homes, you can view them in our portfolio! http://jwyorkhomes.com/portfolio/

 

 

Metal Roofing 101

Posted on May 30, 2014 at 2:30pm by admin No Comment

Tamko-METALWORKS-StoneCrestSlate-VermontBlueWhy is metal roofing our preferred choice? Follow our four week series on metal roofing to find out!

Metal Roofs 101

by Joe Provey

Yesterday & Today:  Metal roofing panels can be a cost-effective and durable roofing alternative. Although there may be a higher upfront price to a metal roof, the metal panels typically last two to four times longer than other types of roofing materials, and a metal roof can recoup up to 6% of the installation cost upon a home’s resale. Metal roofs traditionally were constructed of corrugated panels, offering a utilitarian appearance; or in standing-seam installations, constructed using long sheets of painted steel with vertical seams and often used in commercial applications. Today, however, metal roofing products can be stamped into many shapes and patterns, including metal panels that emulate shingles, shakes, slates and tiles, all installed as interlocking panels. Metal roofing panels are constructed of steel, aluminum or copper, coated to prevent rust and topped with a baked-on paint finish in an array of colors.

The metal roofing industry has taken a page from vinyl flooring manufacturers. They’ve started with a ‘plain Jane’ material—in this case steel or aluminum—and made it look like wood, stone, and clay. The introduction of metal roofing in shingle, shake, slate and tile styles has reinvigorated the metal roofing industry.

For decades, metal roofs meant corrugated panels, which looked like they belonged on sheds or barns, or standing-seam applications, which often had a commercial appearance. Today, metal roofing products are available to fit every architectural style, whether a Spanish Colonial in Southern California or a Victorian in New England.

Metal Roofing Materials

Residential metal roofing is generally made of steel, aluminum, or copper. Rolls of 24- or 26-gauge steel sheets are given a metallic coating to prevent rust, followed by a baked-on paint finish. Aluminum sheets don’t require the metallic coating but do get painted. Copper, often called a natural metal product, is neither coated nor painted, because it weathers without corroding. It is sometimes used for special features, such as the roof of a prominent bay window.

Steel roofing products are coated with either zinc (galvanized) or a mixture of aluminum and zinc (galvalume or zincalume). Of the two, galvalume offers the longer service. The coatings are offered in several thicknesses—the thicker the coating the longer the service, and the higher the cost.

The Metal Roofing Association (MRA) recommends a galvanizing thickness level of at least G-90 for residential applications and an AZ-50 or AZ-55 designation for galvalume coatings. In areas by the sea, opt for an aluminum-based panel. Paint finishes vary in quality, as well. An inferior coating may fade or chalk. Some manufacturers participate in a certification process developed by the MRA. Standard certified products may be used in most areas. In areas with high exposure to UV light, opt for a premium certified paint coating.

Textures and Finishes

Metal roofing products can be stamped into many shapes and are typically installed as interlocking panels with hidden fasteners. Viewed from a distance, they offer fairly convincing renditions of shingles and tiles. Some ‘stone-coated’ products receive an acrylic coating, in which stone granules are embedded. These offer a less metallic look.

Standing-seam metal roofs look exactly like what they are–long sheets of painted steel with vertical seams. From a design perspective, they are a purer product but not suitable for every home. Standing-seam roofs are perhaps best matched to the simple lines of cabins and contemporary home designs.

Benefits of Metal Roofing

The primary benefit of metal roofing is longevity. Manufacturers routinely offer 50-year warranties and even lifetime, non-prorated warranties. They claim their products will last two to four times longer than roofs with asphalt shingles. By avoiding one or two re-roofing jobs during the life of the metal roof, you will more than offset the higher initial cost. Near term, a new metal roof recoups a bit more of its installation cost upon home resale (6% according to Remodeling Magazine) than does a new asphalt roof.

There are other advantages, as well. Metal roofs are lightweight, sometimes allowing them to be installed directly over old roofs. And when metal roofing is painted with specially formulated “cool pigments”, solar energy is reflected and emitted (rather than radiated as heat into the attic).

Additionally, metal roofs are effective in preventing the spread of fire when hot embers fall on them (i.e., from brush and forest fires). In fact, some insurance companies will give you a discount if you have a metal roof. In addition, metal roofing is made with a large percentage of recycled metal—often 95 percent—and when its useful life is done, it can be recycled again. No worries about it filling up dwindling space in landfills.

Myths About Metal Roofing

Myths and legends get started about all sorts of people, places, and building materials…. Metal roofing has more than its share, perhaps because it has undergone so many transformations over the years. Here are the most common myths about metal roofing:

It will increase the likelihood of a lightening strike. Metal conducts electricity, but electricity is not drawn to it.

Metal roofs are noisy in the rain. Not so. They may even be quieter than other roof types.

Metal roofs are susceptible to damage by hail. While extremely large hailstones can dent a metal roof, normal hailstorms will not. With textured roofs, minor denting is not readily visible.

You cannot walk on a metal roof. You can, but you have to know how to do it without causing damage. Check with the manufacturer of the product you choose.

A metal roof will make your house colder in winter. Actually, a metal roof has no effect on the temperature of the typical vented attic in winter. It’s the insulation under (or on top of) the floor of your attic that keeps you warm.

 

Read the article here: http://www.bobvila.com/articles/11370-metal-roofs-101/#.U4h1qhukpH5

Slideshow on debunking metal roofing myths: http://www.bobvila.com/fact-or-fiction/15440-debunking-5-metal-roof-myths/slideshows

Metal Roofing – A Valuable Investment

Posted on May 23, 2014 at 2:30pm by admin No Comment

Metal Roofing ValuableWhy is metal roofing our preferred choice? Follow our four week series on metal roofing to find out!

Appreciate Your Home with Quality Metal Roofing

If you’ve been considering upgrading your home and increasing its resale value, you should know that beautiful and enduring metal roofing is highly valued as one of the top renovation-friendly building materials for rehabbers and new home builders alike.

As reported by Sal Alfano of Remodeling Magazine, homes renovated with standing-seam metal roofing show a rate of 85.9% cost recouped in the national average with up to 95.5% for homes in the Eastern states, a full 1 and 6% resale value gain over homes roofed with asphalt. And with all the added safety and longevity associated with quality metal roofing matching installation job costs that reach only one half of that of cosmetic room remodeling averages or even one eighth of that of a master suite addition, you hardly deny the sense in upgrading.

See the article here and a chart about resale value: http://www.metalroofing.com/v2/content/guide/costs/home-appreciation.cfm

Metal Roofing – Long Lasting

Posted on May 14, 2014 at 2:30pm by admin No Comment

Why is metal roofing our preferred choice? Follow our four week series on metal roofing to find out!

Make a Life-Long Investment in Your Home- Metal Roofing and Life Cycle Cost Analysis

 

Planning a roofing project for the coming season? How would you feel about having to do it all over again 10 to 15 years from now?

With metal roofing, you need not worry. Longevity is one of the top reasons consumers report choosing metal roofing for their homes. When configured and installed properly by Metal Roofing Alliance Member Contractors, metal roofing can last as long as fifty years or more, requiring very little maintenance and looking beautiful all the while.

But it isn’t just the dependability that people love about long-living metal roofing; it’s the low life cycle cost. Few homeowners realize until after the fact but metal roofing can actually cost as little or less than asphalt roofing. Since asphalt roofing needs to be replaced 2 – 4 times as often as metal roofing, you really need to multiply not only the initial cost of asphalt roofing materials but also the cost of asphalt roof repairs and re-installation man hours to compare to the typical “once-a-lifetime” metal roofing installation.

Additional Savings and Benefits

Homeowners who invest in metal roofing can further reduce their roof’s life cycle cost by carefully selecting metal roofing products that:

  • Reduce energy bills by reflecting heat in the summer
  • Reduce insurance prices and chances of structural damage due to severe local weather trends such as hail, high winds, forest fires and earthquakes
  • Increase the resale value of their home through home appreciation

See the article here: http://www.metalroofing.com/v2/content/guide/costs/life-cycle-costs.cfm

Metal Roofing- Energy Efficiency

Posted on May 7, 2014 at 2:27pm by admin No Comment

Metal Roof EnergyWhy is metal roofing our preferred choice? Follow our four week series on metal roofing to find out!

Metal Roofing- Energy Efficiency

 

Reduce Energy Costs

More and more, homeowners are seeking out energy-saving building materials for their renovations and new homes, products that not only secure and improve structures but also provide long-term cost-cutting on energy bills while promoting environmental and economic sustainability in the greater community.

Cool Pigment Technology

On a building or on a home, the roof has a major impact with the absorption of heat from sunlight (Solar Radiation). The heat is either reflected into the atmosphere or absorbed through conduction into the building. Any solar radiation that is absorbed will heat the roof’s surface. The more the solar radiation is absorbed, the greater the need to find alternative means to dissipate the heat. That’s where emittance comes into play. Emissivity is measures of the roof’s ability to shed absorbed heat.

Recycling

Metal roofs typically have a minimum of 25% recycled content. This level of recycled content allows metal roofing to be routinely included on listing for “green” and recycled content products. It is also 100% recyclable when ultimately removed as part of building renovation or demolition. Other roofing materials are routinely removed and disposed of by the ton in a landfill, but metal roofing can be recycled by its entirety. Metals are exceptional building materials that can credibly claim both recycled content and recyclability by recognized definitions.

What is Solar?

Solar panels are a practical, efficient resource for near immediate production of “free” energy that reduces the dependence upon standard peak demand utilities. Unobtrusive and easily integrated into the architectural design of a building, they are available in a variety of technologies including modules of thin film, mono and multicrystalline cells, amorphous silicon, CIGS, encapsulated in plastic and glass frames, laminates, and solar concentrators. By harnessing the sun’s renewable energy they are a non-polluting energy alternative to coal and oil. Solar panels also have a proven service life in excess of 30 years, outlasting nonrenewable energy sources.

See the full article here: http://www.metalroofing.com/v2/content/metal-roofing/energy-efficiency.cfm

Top 10 Benefits of Using LED Lighting

Posted on March 28, 2014 at 2:24pm by admin No Comment

LED Lights

You certainly hear and read a lot about the advantages and benefits of the energy efficiency of LED light emitting diodes vs traditional lighting. When you compare them to other energy-saving illumination methods that are available on the market today, you will find that LED lighting is by far the most power-saving and smart solution. Recent research and developments in the field of LED illumination is about to bring upon us an intelligent green LED lighting revolution that will help us save the planet. Join us now and become a part of it!

By far the most energy efficient, the cleanest and most eco-friendly way of illumination is LED lighting, which is basically digital light and comes with a multitude of amazing benefits.

In fact, in makes a big leap in technology that can been seen much as an upgrade from analog to digital. LED is digital light, and the advantages versus conventional ‘analog’ lighting are so huge and of major benefit to both the users of this “technology of digital light” as well as also to our planet.

That’s why we believe to have plenty of good reasons for being passionate about LED illumination and are so glad about offering you our exclusive LED lighting wholesale section with quality LED lights from certified LEDLuxor™ LED manufacturers. So let’s break it down and take a closer look at the…

Top 10 Benefits of LED Lighting
1. Long Life

Long life time stands out as the number one benefit of LED lights. LED bulbs and diodes have an outstanding operational life time expectation of up to 100.000 hours. This is 11 years of continuous operation, or 22 years of 50% operation. If you leave on the LED fixture for 8h per day it would take around 20 years before you’d have to replace the LED bulb.

LED’s are different to standard lighting: They don’t really burn out and stop working like a standard light, moreover the lighting diodes emit lower output levels over a very long period of time and become less bright.

2. Energy Efficiency

Todays most efficient way of illumination and lighting, with an estimated energy efficiency of 80%-90% when compared to traditional lighting and conventional light bulbs. This means that about 80% of the electrical energy is converted to light, while a ca. 20% is lost and converted into other forms of energy such as heat.

With traditional incandescent light bulbs who operate at 20% energy efficiency only, a 80% of the electricity is lost as heat. Imagine the following scenario:

If you use traditional lighting and have an electricity bill of e.g US$ 100, then US$ 80 of that money has been used to heat the room, not to light it! Using LED illumination with 80% efficiency, the electricity costs would be around US$ 20 and you’d have saved around US$ 80.

The long operational life time acts as a multiplicator and helps achieve even more energy efficiency, especially large scale and when thinking in terms of urban infrastructure projects, such as cities, railroads and airports.

Think of e.g an airport using energy efficient LED lighting exclusively and achieving a 30% power consumption reduction in comparison with an airport using conventional lighting technology.

Because the long life span of LED lights, also the maintenance work – think of all the work and energy it would take to purchase, stock and change the conventional light bulbs of an airport – you’ll see that you can make significant energy savings also when it comes to maintenance and replacement due to the long operational life times of LED lighting.

3. Ecologically Friendly

LED lights are free of toxic chemicals. Most conventional fluorescent lighting bulbs contain a multitude of materials like e.g mercury that are dangerous for the environment.

LED lights contain no toxic materials and are 100% recyclable, and will help you to reduce your carbon footprint by up to a third. The long operational life time span mentioned above means also that one LED light bulb can save material and production of 25 incandescent light bulbs. A big step towards a greener future!

4. Durable Quality

LEDs are extremely durable and built with sturdy components that are highly rugged and can withstand even the roughest conditions.

Because LED lights are resistant to shock, vibrations and external impacts, they make great outdoor lighting systems for rough conditions and exposure to weather, wind, rain or even external vandalism, traffic related public exposure and construction or manufacturing sites.

5. Zero UV Emissions

LED illumination produces little infrared light and close to no UV emissions.

Because of this, LED lighting is highly suitable not only for goods and materials that are sensitive to heat due to the benefit of little radiated heat emission, but also for illumination of UV sensitive objects or materials such a in museums, art galleries, archaeological sites etc.

6. Design Flexibility

LEDs can be combined in any shape to produce highly efficient illumination. Individual LEDs can be dimmed, resulting in a dynamic control of light, color and distribution. Well-designed LED illumination systems can achieve fantastic lighting effects, not only for the eye but also for the mood and the mind:

LED mood illumination is already being used in airplanes, classrooms and many more locations and we can expect to see a lot more LED mood illumination in our daily lives within the next few years.

7. Operational in Extremely Cold or Hot Temperatures

LED are ideal for operation under cold and low outdoor temperature settings. For fluorescent lamps, low temperatures may affect operation and present a challenge, but LED illumination operates well also in cold settings, such as for outdoor winter settings, freezer rooms etc.

8. Light Dispersement

LED is designed to focus its light and can be directed to a specific location without the use of an external reflector, achieving a higher application efficiency than conventional lighting. Well-designed LED illumination systems are able to deliver light more efficiently to the desired location.

9. Instant Lighting & Frequent Switching

LED lights brighten up immediately and when powered on, which has great advantages for infrastructure projects such as e.g traffic and signal lights.

Also, LED lights can switched off and on frequently and without affecting the LED’s lifetime or light emission. In contrast, traditional lighting may take several seconds to reach full brightness, and frequent on/off switching does drastically reduce operational life expectancy.

10. Low-Voltage

A low-voltage power supply is sufficient for LED illumination. This makes it easy to use LED lighting also in outdoor settings, by connecting an external solar-energy source and is a big advantage when it comes to using LED technology in remote or rural areas.

See the article here: http://www.ledluxor.com/top-10-benefits-of-led-lighting

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Encapsulating the attic in a home with open cell foam and removing the normal attic ventilation allows for a semi conditioned attic that replicates the temperature of the conditioned area of the home. The benefit is a more comfortable home, reduced load on the air conditioning, and energy savings.
Energy Star qualified metal roofing has reflective qualities that significantly reduce heat gain on the home resulting in lower energy bills and a more comfortable home.
We use Energy Star ceiling fans and CFL light bulbs in our fixtures and offer LED recessed can lights which significantly reduce energy demand on a home and putt off less heat than standard incandescent light bulbs.
Energy Star qualified wood or vinyl windows come standard in all of our homes. With LoE2 coating on the glass and Argon gas in between panes, these efficient units allow the home to have an abundance of natural light while maximizing comfort and performance.
Our use of high efficiency air filtration systems rated at MERV 8 or 10 capture more airborne pollutants and particles than a standard 1" filter thus significantly improving the indoor air quality of your home. These 5" think filters also need to be changes less frequently and contribute to the longevity of your HVAC system.
High Efficiency 15 Seer or better electric heat pump systems come standard in our homes and are paired with programmable thermostats. Our systems and duct work are properly sized using a Manual J calculation for each individual home. The system is then third party inspected by a duct blaster test to make sure the system is tight and has minimal leakage. The combination of these efforts will ensure a comfortable, efficient, and long lasting system for our homes.
We use open cell spray foam insulation to encapsulate all of our attics and R-19 exterior wall insulation which both exceed code requirements for insulation. These items will help ensure a comfortable and efficient home.
The use of a tank-less gas water heater or a heat pump water heater can greatly reduce the cost of heating water.
Energy Star rated appliances in our homes save an average of 30% in energy cost over standard models.
Advanced framing techniques are used to put more insulation and less wood in the exterior walls of the home while maintaining structural integrity. These techniques include California corners, 2x6 exterior walls @ 24" on center, and ladder framing of exterior T-walls.
Caulking all plates, stud-to-stud gaps, foaming around windows and exterior penetrations, and properly installing house wrap lends a tight seal to all of our homes. Our homes are third party inspected upon completion with a blower door test to check for gaps and leaks.
Basements and crawlspaces are areas of the home that must be properly insulated, dehumidified, and kept free of moisture to ensure a healthy home. We properly waterproof these areas, install footing and foundation drains, and grade around the home to ensure no water will end up in or under your home. We insulate the exterior walls of both basements and crawlspaces and then introduce an HVAC air handler or heat pump water heater inside those areas to semi- condition those spaces and keep humidity under control.
Most builders are advertising and using fiber cement siding. The problem is they are using wood for their fascia, soffit, corner boards, and other trim pieces because it saves them a few hundred dollars per home. When you go back and look at their homes 3 or 4 years later; the siding looks great but the trim boards all need to be painted again. If they are not painted they start to decay and weather very poorly. At J.W. York Homes we "full wrap" our homes in fiber cement siding and trim boards. This ensures the trim and siding on your home will stay on the same maintenance cycle and will prevent costly repairs in the future.
At J.W. York Homes we are mindful of our impact on the environment. Even though we use long lasting products, advanced framing, and proper planning to reduce the amount of job site waste; a new construction home still produces a good amount of waste. We have partnered with a local waste management and recycling company that hauls off 100% of our jobsite waste. They take the waste to a facility that sorts the waste and recycles as much of it as possible. We are currently able to recycle non pressure treated lumber, block, brick, stone, asphalt shingles, metal, cardboard, plastic, drywall, and much more. These products are then reused for such purposes as soil additives, erosion control methods, or resold to help offset the cost of recycling.