South Carolina’s premier builder of Healthy, HighPerformance Homes

Blog

Addison Homes Wins Pinnacle Award for Best Achievement in Energy Efficiency

Addison Homes Wins Pinnacle Award for Best Achievement in Energy Efficiency

Addison Homes was amongst the home building industry’s best and brightest honored with a 2016 Pinnacle Award during the 13th annual Celebration of Excellence. Presented by the Home Builders Association of South Carolina, Pinnacle Awards recognize the state’s builders and remodelers who have achieved the highest standard of quality craftsmanship, innovative problem-solving and customer satisfaction. HBASC handed out 17 awards in five categories – New Home Construction, Remodel Projects, Energy Efficiency, Subdivision/Community and Sales & Marketing. Addison Homes was awarded the Pinnacle Award for Best Achievement in Energy Efficiency. “We are committed to pushing the envelope when it comes to high-performance building,” says Addison Homes President Todd Usher. “We built the first mainstream Zero Energy home in Greenville – a home capable of producing as much electricity as it consumes – and it’s gratifying to see this project recognized amongst our peers.” Addison’s award-winning project is the model home in Trailside, Greenville’s first all-solar community where every home is certified to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home standard for energy savings, comfort, health and durability. The model home is also the first in the Southeast to qualify for Active House – a European designation of optimal daylighting, indoor air quality and resource efficiency. This project also earned HBA of Greenville’s Southern Home & Garden Bridge Award for Green Building and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Housing Innovation Award. The Home Builders Association of South Carolina will feature Pinnacle Award winners in an upcoming issue of S.C. Builder Journal. In addition, the projects will be highlighted on the S.C. Department of Commerce and the S.C. Department of Parks,... read more
Tour of Zero: A Virtual Walk in Homes of the Future…Today

Tour of Zero: A Virtual Walk in Homes of the Future…Today

Are you ready for a home that lives better, works better and lasts better? The home of the future – a better home – is available today! See for yourself at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Tour of Zero, a virtual walk through homes that are so efficient a renewable energy system can offset all or most of their annual energy consumption. These featured homes — constructed by a select group of the nation’s top builders — are independently certified to meet the DOE’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) standard for energy savings, comfort, health and durability. Four Addison Homes projects are spotlighted on the Tour of Zero: Willow Creek Home – a brick traditional designed for energy-efficiency, comfort and durability. Located in a popular golf course community, this beautiful home offers built-in benefits including healthier indoor air, significantly lower utility bills and fewer maintenance expenses for years to come. Cobblestone Home – a brick-and-stone beauty that’s a balance of form and function. The owners requested an elegant design in keeping with the neighborhood’s upscale aesthetics, but that’s not all – they wanted their beautiful home to be beautifully sustainable, too. So we blended traditional style with all the smarts of a high performance home. It won a 2015 Housing Innovation Award. InVision Zero SC – Trailside’s model home and winner of a 2016 Housing Innovation Award. As the first mainstream Zero Energy home in Greenville, it models a vision of sustainable construction that’s attractive, affordable and attainable. Built for maximized efficiency – achieved via the Zero Energy Ready Home program – this home incorporates solar shingles as a renewable energy... read more
Why Smart Home Technology is a Wise Investment

Why Smart Home Technology is a Wise Investment

Simple, affordable wireless is making the long-predicted smart home a must-have. PC Magazine calls 2016 “The Year of the Smart Home” – designated as such due to the proliferation of new wireless devices designed to make home life easier, healthier, safer and, yes, more fun. Research certainly bolsters this view: a Coldwell Banker survey conducted earlier this year finds that nearly half of homeowners either already own or are planning to buy smart home technology, and IT forecaster Gartner Inc. foresees 500 connected devices in the average home by 2022. This growth is thanks mostly to affordable wireless technology. Smart home tech devices now cost a fraction of what they did a decade ago, and most offer a simple smart phone or tablet control interface. Today’s devices offer tangible lifestyle benefits. For instance, whole-house automation systems such as those from HomeControl manage lighting, security, temperature and energy consumption — all from a single app. Low-cost, entry-level alarm systems like those from SimpliSafe start with basic security and are easily expanded as budgets permit. Automation systems like these are designed to be consumer-friendly, but professional builders often work with technology integrators to install and configure them so everything is ready to use on move-in day. Rather than a system, some people prefer to choose from the growing array of stand-alone wireless devices. Many start with home security, such as a wireless shade that automatically closes at night, a camera that can be checked from a phone, or an expandable security kit that costs just a few hundred dollars. The fastest-growing security device category is probably the electronic lock, and there are... read more
Fall Lawn Care Now Makes the Grass Greener on Your Side of the Fence Next Spring

Fall Lawn Care Now Makes the Grass Greener on Your Side of the Fence Next Spring

Fall is (finally) in the air! As seasons change, we need to change our lawn care strategies, too. When it comes to yard work, the decisions we make now determine the grass we’re going to get next spring. Many of us adore the look and even the feel of autumn leaves, but the season that involves beautiful multi-colored leaves is very much a fleeting one. So whilst the leaves are falling, keep in mind the following fall lawn care tips from our friends at Yard Day. Fertilize in the Fall Many people never fertilize their lawns at all, and their grass suffers the consequences. Autumn is the absolute best time of year to fertilize your lawn. The growth rate for grass starts to slow down as everything gets cooler in the fall, but the growth rate of the grass roots themselves will usually stay the same. They’re underground, so they’re going to be less responsive to changes in temperature. If we fertilize our lawns when the grass is at this stage in its development, the grass roots will be deep and full of the nutrients that will help it grow beautifully when the weather starts getting warmer. Fertilizing the lawn should be done during the middle or late days of autumn. Rake Leaves Early … and Often Raking leaves is the quintessential fall lawn care task, but many people don’t do it according to the right schedule. It seems to make some sense to wait until all the leaves have fallen before taking out the rake; some of us might feel that all of our efforts will be undone when new leaves fall and... read more
Insulation Institute’s Blog Features Addison ZERH Project

Insulation Institute’s Blog Features Addison ZERH Project

We love talking high-performance — with clients AND colleagues — so it’s cool to be featured on North American Insulation Manufacturers Association/Insulation Institute’s blog on using fiberglass insulation, along with other products and processes, to build Zero Energy Ready Homes. Following is a copy of NAIMA’s blog post: “Trades may grumble but customers are lining up” Addison Homes, a green builder in Greenville, South Carolina, certainly didn’t set out to cause trade partners to grumble, murmur or gripe. They set out to build DOE certified Zero Energy Ready Homes (ZERH) to provide their customers with the energy savings, comfort and indoor air quality such homes deliver. To do that, Addison Homes had to get local trades on board by doing things a bit differently. In doing so, they provided award-winning homes that customers rave about. They even show off the energy-efficient features included in the home (the homeowners in their winning Cobbler Lane project show their guests the pristine conditioned crawlspace…seriously). What they achieved The list of achievements in the Cobbler Lane home is lengthy, but here is a shortlist: HERS Score of 41 1.65 ACH 50 Homeowners said they have much lower bills in the new house, despite going from a 2,500-ft2 home to a 4,500-ft2 one Doing all this at a cost of $135-$160 per square foot including land costs How they did it (which helps explain the grumbling) Todd Usher, owner and founder of Addison Homes, says it begins by educating trade partners on the way the builder wants things done. This starts with framing and flashing. They used advanced framing including insulated headers and drywall clips at... read more
Active House: A Holistic Approach to Better Building

Active House: A Holistic Approach to Better Building

Addison Homes is committed to better building – and the Active House vision fits our continuous improvement process. A European designation of optimal daylighting, indoor air quality and resource efficiency, Active House promotes healthier, more comfortable lives for homeowners while reducing negative impact on the environment. It’s all about resource-smart building practices that result in energy-efficient homes filled with plenty of natural light and fresh air. Our Zero Energy Model in Trailside is the first Active House-certified home in the Southeast. Its open ambiance and healthy atmosphere is enhanced via ample daylighting and natural ventilation through an abundance of VELUX-brand skylights, sun tunnels and roof windows. We like this designation because it advocates a balanced, holistic approach to building design and performance. The goal is to contribute positively to human health and well-being by focusing on the indoor and outdoor environment as well as the use of renewable energy. An Active House is evaluated on the basis of the interaction between energy consumption, indoor climate conditions and impact on the environment: ENERGY Contributes positively to the energy balance of the building: An Active House is energy-efficient, with energy supplied by renewable sources integrated in the building or from the nearby collective energy system and electricity grid. INDOOR CLIMATE Creates a healthier and more comfortable life: An Active House creates optimal indoor conditions for the occupants, ensuring a generous supply of daylight and fresh air. Materials used have a positive impact on comfort and indoor climate. ENVIRONMENT Has a positive impact on the environment: An Active House interacts positively with the environment by means of an optimized relationship with the local context, focused use of... read more
Planting Trees? Nine Simple Steps Help Them Thrive

Planting Trees? Nine Simple Steps Help Them Thrive

Fall is finally here — and once the leaves drop, it’ll be the perfect time for planting trees. The Addison Homes staff met with our friends at TreesGreenville to talk best practices for planting to ensure healthier, longer-lived trees. We learned that oftimes, people dig down too deep and/or mulch up too high – but in order for a tree to thrive, its trunk flare must be above the ground and surrounded by a mulch-free area approximately 1-2 inches wide at the base. Think of how kids draw trees: almost always, their pictures include the flares at the bottom — which is exactly how trees should look in real life. Read on for best practices when planting trees, from a brochure published by the International Society of Arboriculture: WHEN TO PLANT: Ideally, trees are planted during the dormant season — in the fall after leaf drop or in early spring before budbreak. Weather conditions are cool and allow plants to establish roots in the new location before spring rains and summer heat stimulate new top growth. Healthy balled and burlapped or container trees, however, can be planted throughout the growing season if given appropriate care. PLANTING STRESS: Balled and burlapped trees lose a significant portion of their root system when dug at the nursery. As a result, trees commonly exhibit what is known as “transplant shock.” Transplant shock is a state of slowed growth and reduced vitality following transplanting. Container trees may also experience transplant shock, particularly if they have circling or kinked roots that must be cut. Proper site preparation, careful handling to prevent further root damage, and good follow-up care reduces transplant... read more
New Home Builders: Excellence vs. Perfection

New Home Builders: Excellence vs. Perfection

New home builders can take lessons learned on the playing field and apply them to the jobsite. For example, though he knew they could never attain it, 49ers Coach Bill Walsh famously demanded perfection from his players during every practice. Why? His philosophy was that if you don’t strive for perfection, you’ll never even come close to achieving excellence. As professional new home builders, we likewise believe this same philosophy: plan for perfection to attain excellence. Like Coach Walsh, we demand the highest standards possible from our employees, vendors and trade partners to ensure we deliver an excellent new home that satisfies a client’s wants and needs. In the pursuit of excellence, we coach our homebuyers about the building process so that their expectations are high but realistic. We want our clients to push and challenge us to always do better, but it is also our job to define excellence … and point out the difference between excellence and perfection. Our most effective method for doing that is listening. Really listening. Not just to find out which floorplan a client prefers, but why and how that particular floorplan will satisfy their family’s lifestyle needs. In this discovery phase, we craft a strategy for a new home that meets our client’s requirements, justifies their reasons for making such a significant investment, and sets us on course to deliver according to those expectations. To achieve excellence, it’s also critical to maintain a consistent, open line of communication during the construction process. As during the planning stage, a new home builders’ first job is to listen to and then educate our buyers about the subtleties of... read more
Interior Design Trends: Staying on Top of Carpets

Interior Design Trends: Staying on Top of Carpets

Interior design trends come and go, but one thing never changes: while styles may evolve, we always love soft flooring that’s fashioned to make a house a home. To stay on top of the latest design trends in carpets, Addison VP Michelle Usher took a recent field trip to the Shaw Industries/Tuftex National Designer Training Event in Vail, Colorado. This multi-day seminar was all about selecting the exact look that’ll bring color, texture, warmth and fashion into each client’s life and home. Especially popular for its inventive colors and designs, Tuftex is the premier residential carpet brand of Shaw Floors — this is some of the most fashionable flooring in the industry.  Tuftex is made in the USA, providing reliable quality, durability and value at a variety of price-points, from entry-level (with a high-end look) to higher-end. What’s more, Tuftex is firmly committed to the preservation of the environment and natural resources. For seven consecutive years, the brand’s mill has sent zero waste to the landfill; it uses 80% reclaimed water in its dyeing operation. Indeed, Shaw Industries believes in providing eco-friendly options for environmentally-conscious consumers. Carpets made of Anso or EverTouch nylon can be recycled at Shaw’s Evergreen Nylon Recycling Facility, where they are broken down and remade into new carpet fiber. This process turns carpet into a renewable product; in fact, Shaw has collected 178 million pounds of post-consumer carpet since 2006. Stylish, sophisticated carpet always tops the list of interior design trends. Here are a few reasons why: Provides warmth and comfort — Carpet provides actual thermal resistance, or R-value.  In cooler seasons, it retains warm air longer, an energy conservation... read more
Share This