Sustainable building, also known as green building, is the process of constructing a home that is environmentally responsible and is designed to make the most efficient use of all materials and resources throughout the lifecycle of the home. This includes:
- Designing a home with a focus on energy conservation and use of sustainable materials and techniques
- Carefully selecting and clearing the home site as well as optimally positioning the home
- Minimizing job site waste via offsite component engineering and assembly
- Maximizing reuse, recycling and donation of excess building materials
- Repurposing and retrofitting vintage components from previous homes
- Employing state-of-the-art, energy efficient climate control systems
- The use of highly energy efficient windows and doors
- Super-efficient insulation
- Promotion of healthy air exchange and indoor air quality (IAQ) within the home
- Eco-friendly landscaping minimizing public water usage
Stephan Kamrass, Principal at Sareth Builders, is
a Passive House Institute (PHIUS) Certified
The Passive House Building Energy Standard promoted by
PHIUS is one of the most rigorous building energy standards in the
world. Those who have obtained the right through PHIUS to
carry the graphic passive house logo and the PHIUS
Certified BuilderSM designation, have committed themselves to
design excellence and the passive house energy performance and quality criteria.
You can read more about the Passive House Institute US at
Stephan E. Kamrass, PHIUS Certified BuilderSM
Builders is an NAHB Certified Green Professional Builder
(CGP). The Certified Green Professional™ designation
recognizes builders, remodelers and other industry
professionals who incorporate green building principles into
homes— without driving up the cost of construction.
Classwork leading to the designation provides a solid
background in green building methods, as well as the tools
to reach consumers, from the organization leading the charge
to provide market-driven green building solutions to the
home building industry.
Sareth Builders is a DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Builder Partner. DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes are verified by a qualified third-party and are at least 40%-50% more energy efficient than a typical new home. The program builds upon the comprehensive building science requirements of ENERGY STAR® for Homes Version 3, along with proven Building America innovations and best practices. Other special attribute programs are incorporated to help builders reach unparalleled levels of performance with homes designed to last hundreds of years. Click here for details
Sareth Builders is a Certified Graduate Builder (CBG). Like membership in the local home building association, the CGB designation represents a commitment to the home building industry and to professional business practices – as well as a commitment to learning. Certified Graduate Builders must have at least two years of home building experience and must successfully complete a series of classes specific to the needs of the industry, including business and project management, building technology and safety. In addition, they must demonstrate that they comply with any state or local requirements for workers’ compensation and liability insurance as well as hold a contractor or builder’s license if required in your state or area.
ENERGY STAR program encourages the adoption of energy
efficient products, practices, and services through valuable
partnerships, measurement tools, and consumer education.
As an Energy Start Partner, Sareth Builders is committed to building Energy Star compliant, high performance homes which are third-party verified to meet or exceed Energy Star requirements. ENERGY STAR certified new homes are designed and built to standards well above most other homes on the market today, delivering energy efficiency savings of up to 30 percent when compared to typical new homes. A new home that has earned the ENERGY STAR label has undergone a process of inspections, testing, and verification to meet strict requirements set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), delivering better quality, better comfort, and better durability. Get more details on the Energy Star program here.
and PHIUS Certified BuilderSM are certification marks of Passive House Institute US (PHIUS). Used under license.