Hollub Homes uses a collection of the following practices in every one of our homes:
The SEER, or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, rating is like its “MPG” counterpart in the automotive industry. SEER gives an indication of the performance efficiency of the air conditioning system. The higher the SEER, the more efficient the unit. The more efficient the unit, the lower the operating costs. We are always looking for the highest SEER rating compared to the dollars planned to be spent.
All of our homes exceed the industry norm for fire-rated building. The independent, for-profit company Underwriters Laboratories Inc (UL) has developed a series of laboratory tests to measure how well materials (such as drywall) resist fires. These tests are widely accepted throughout the industry.
The term “fire-resistance” designates the ability of a laboratory-constructed assembly to contain a fire in a carefully controlled test setting for a specified period of time. Such an assembly might be a partition, a floor/ceiling, a roof/ceiling, or a protected beam or column. The materials used, such as fire rated drywall and poured concrete have a direct effect on fire rating.
Reflective insulation, also called a radiant barrier, is a metallic foil material (usually aluminum) designed to block radiant heat transfer across open spaces. Reflective insulation is very effective at reducing cooling bills and can be installed in ceilings and walls. Radiant barriers are coupled with fiberglass insulation batts to achieve superior heat control.
Whole house attic fans are used to draw out excessive heat build-up in the attic. Removing this heat keeps the air conditioning ducts cooler and lowers the temperature of the entire house.
Radon is a naturally occurring gas. Radon levels can be lowered using a process called mitigation. By decompressing the air underneath the floor slab, the radon gas can be expelled with PVC pipes which extend from the soil through the roof.
We use impact, hurricane rated glass in all our homes. However, new technologies and designs have dramatically improved the performance of the most energy efficient windows. Glass coatings, gas fills, warm edge spacers, and improved framing materials enable windows to deliver more benefits than simple double pane windows. Windows and exterior doors that are designed to withstand even greater wind load pressures are another factor to consider.
We include whole house generators with automatic transfer switches in every home we build. This gives the owner the ability to power their entire home in the event of power loss.
Especially in Florida, these instruments are designed to control the relative humidity of the air inside the home. The humidistat, coupled with a variable speed air conditioning system, allows the air conditioning system to run longer in order to draw out more moisture in the home without overcooling the house.
These paints contain no volatile organic compounds or hazardous materials and emits almost no odor. This means it can be applied in occupied areas without complaints, and with little or no effect to the environment.
This computer touch screen device allows the homeowner to easily control all aspects of the pool, spa and backyard features from the inside of the home. The system displays air temperature and water temperature so the homeowner can have complete automation. The device can also be linked to a computer or phone.
To best maximize and enjoy the year-round use of pools, we install state-of-the art energy efficient heaters for all of our pools. Often, we use combinations of gas heaters and heat pumps.
UV lights installed directly inside the air conditioning system destroy mold and bacteria as the air passes by the light. These devices, as well as additional or upgraded filters, also extend the life of the air conditioning units.
Drywall that is designed to inhibit the growth of mold is relatively new to the market. Given our tropical climates, the benefits are clear.