Parker Builders, Inc.

THE PARKERS WERE GREEN BEFORE GREEN WAS COOL

The key fundamental objectives of green building are to conserve natural resources, use energy wisely, and improve indoor air quality. Parker Builders is committed to utilizing green practices in order to achieve these objectives, as outlined by the NAHB (National Green Building Standard™)

CONSERVING NATURAL RESOURCES

Farris C. Parker Senior with colleagues; 1953

Conserving our natural resources has been a way of life for the Parkers, starting with Farris C. Parker, Sr., a 1948 Forestry graduate from the University of Georgia. He recognized the importance of sustainability which is defined as meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Mr. Parker, Sr. drove this point home to his children and grandchildren. During his 21 year tenure with Champion Paper Co., now International Paper Co., he was instrumental in developing the many standards of timber harvesting and reforestation on the 60,000 acres of Champion Paper Co. land in South Carolina.

South Carolina Forestry Commision

These standards have evolved into today’s Best Management Practices (BMP’s) as outlined by the South Carolina Forestry Commission.

Farris C. Parker, Jr., a 1973 agricultural graduate from Clemson University, is a passionate conservationist. Farris C. Parker, Jr. served as a Conservation District Commissioner for 20 years in the McCormick, SC district. He applied all conservation practices to his Cattle, Poultry, and Tree Farm.

american tree farm system

As a member of the American Tree Farm System, the Parkers are very proud of their achievement of compliance with the American Forest Foundation Standards of Sustainability. This is no easy accomplishment, and reflects their dedication to conservation over many decades.

USDA
Natural Resources Conservation service

In 2002, Farris also entered into a partnership with the US Department of Agriculture and the Natural Resource Conservation Service by placing his farm into a conservation easement. This will ensure that this highly productive farm will remain in production and never be developed.

Andrew C. Parker and Farris C. Parker III are now carrying the torch of conservation. They are proud to call themselves third generation conservationist. One standout green building practice that conserves our natural resources that Parker Builders, Inc. is particularly proud of is Panelized Construction. Panelized construction techniques are recognized by NAHB’s National Green Building Standard for their efficient use of building materials.

Panelization, the most widely used form of system building, refers to a construction method where housing components are prefabricated in a climate controlled facility, before being shipped to a home site. Panelized construction saves the builder time, resulting in cost savings to the owner with improved quality, efficiency, and control. Panelized home building methods have become more and more technologically advanced and Parker Builders, Inc. is on the cutting edge with their 12,000 ft2 facility, where they engineer and fabricate panelized components of your home in less time with precision and efficiency, eliminating costly overrun. Panelized homes can be weather tight in a matter of days not weeks or months. A Structural Building Components Association study found that construction of a 2600 sf home with trusses and panels uses 26% less lumber, generates 76% less waste, and was constructed in just 37% of the man-hours of a similar stick built home. Click here to find out more about our panelized components.

ENERGY CONSERVATION

Energy Conservation is the practice of decreasing the quantity of energy used. It may be achieved through efficient energy use, in which case energy used is decreased while achieving the same outcome. Many concepts for reducing energy consumption can be implemented into the construction of a new home much easier than the retrofit approach of an existing home.

By utilizing our panelized wall components, we are able to produce a more air tight home (often referred to as “sealing the envelope”). This makes your home more energy efficient by minimizing heat loss and ultimately resulting in lower energy costs.

The evaluation of insulating products and methods can be considered early in the design phase of home construction. There are many systems ranging from spray foam, fiberglass, cellulose, recycled denim, and insulated panels known as SIP’s

We encourage clients to install energy efficient windows and doors. Higher efficiency is obtained through double and even triple pane glass, gas filled with a low-E coating. Selecting Windows for Energy Efficiency is a publication by the US Department of Energy. Here you can find additional window efficiency information, as well as, a checklist for selecting windows. Proper window installation during construction is also critical, to ensure the home’s envelope is sealed from air and moisture infiltration. Rigid installation standards are applied by Parker Builders.

Heating and cooling efficiency is a most important consideration when constructing a new home. As much as half of the energy consumed in your home can be attributed to heating and cooling, so making smart decisions about your home’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system can have big effects on your utility bill and your comfort. Taking steps to increase the energy efficiency or SEER rating of your HVAC system will pay big dividends. SEER is an acronym used in the HVAC industry that stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. SEER ratings permit consumers to compare operating cost of various cooling systems and products.

Energy Star

We encourage the use of energy star products in our new home construction. Energy Star is a joint program of the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices. You can find a list of all Energy Star products and practices at www.energystar.gov.

Evaluation of a hot water system should be a high priority since it can account for 14% to 25% of your home’s energy consumption. Systems such as on demand hot water, utilizing natural gas or propane, are most efficient. Researchers have found savings can be up to 30% compared with a standard gas hot water heater. Another system we have used several times is the installation of two smaller electric hot water heaters inline (For Example: installing two-40 gallon tanks vs. one- 80 gallon tank). This gives the homeowner the option to cut off the back tank depending on the demand for hot water.

Another energy conserving practice that Parker Builders has implemented is the use of thermostatically controlled power exhaust fans to lower attic temperature in the summer months. This has proven to be very cost effective. Lowering the attic temperature will reduce the energy necessary to cool the house. Another benefit would be the extended life of an asphalt shingle roof.

Parker Builders offers Custom Home Design services that will ensure your new home will take advantage of many green aspects to optimize its efficiency. These include the structures orientation, window location and size, overhang of eves, wall thickness, and ceiling height.

INDOOR AIR QUALITY

NAHB Research Center

Indoor air quality is a very important aspect of green building. We strive to use green approved products certified by the NAHB Research Center. Here you will find a complete list of approved products. We also encourage owners to install air handling equipment that will exchange indoor air on a regular basis.

The use of products and materials with low volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) with emissions equal to or less than the established thresholds are a top priority.

While the health and environmental benefits of green building are well established, people assume that green building cost more, but taken a whole house system approach to green building we can actually reduce construction and operating costs.

“WE BUILD GREEN TO SAVE YOU GREEN”

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