Apple Tree Homes President Greg Rau is a Certified Green Professional.
Apple Tree Homes is a leader in using sustainable building products, renewable resources, and energy efficient products to provide innovative and cost-effective options for our clients.
One of our homes was featured on the Lawrence
Sustainable Homes Tour. _____________________________________________________________________________
Our tour home included the following green build products:
Energy efficient products
Structural Insulated Panels (SIPS) – exterior wall framing constructed of two sheets of oriented strand board (OSB) sandwiching a foam core. The panels give a very high R-value and almost zero outside air infiltration.
High Efficiency Furnace – use outside air for combustion and are able to achieve efficiency ratings of over 96%.
R48 Insulation – blown in blanket of R48 insulation in attic space and use of sips panels in roof structure to achieve energy efficient cathedral ceilings
Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) – pour-in-place
foam foundation which achieves high energy efficiency in
the basement walls.
Bamboo – fast-growing, easily renewable wood used as flooring
Marmoleum – recycled flooring product similar
Front Porch and Decking – manmade product using recycled wood pulp to create a long- lasting, rot-proof product
Apple Tree Homes is experienced in installing and servicing a wide range of green products and has incorporated the following products into our custom homes and remodel projects.
Geothermal Heating – a system that uses ground loops buried in the earth to circulate water and uses the earth’s temperature to heat the water therefore reducing heating costs and energy. The system can also be tied to the hot water heater and will give free hot water during some seasons of the year.
Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs – light bulb that can be used in any light fixture normally handling an incandescent light bulb and greatly reduces energy use and has long life span.
Structural Insulated Panels – exterior wall framing constructed of two sheets of oriented strand board (OSB) sandwiching a foam core. The panels give a very high R-value and almost zero outside air infiltration.
Quick-growing wood products – such as Bamboo, Lyptus, and cork which can be used for flooring and cabinetry
Recycled Insulation – such as blown-in cellulose
which is a recycled newspaper product
Energy Efficient Windows – featuring double and triple glazing with argon-filled gases and low E coatings (excellent ratings for light/heat allowed through the window)
High Efficiency Fireplaces – such as direct vent fireplaces which vents outside and doesn’t draw any air from inside the home and results in higher efficiency than typical furnaces a decade ago.
High Efficiency Appliances – such as furnaces, air conditioners, washers, dryers, and dishwashers with Energy Star Ratings.
Marmoleum – recycled flooring product similar to linoleum
Rainwater Reclamation – system of reusing rainwater for gardening
Native Plant Landscaping – using drought resistant native plants, perennial ground cover, and grasses such as turf-type buffalo grass which requires no watering and very minimal mowing.
Icynene Spray Foam Insulation – lowers air infiltration to .10%
At Apple Tree Homes, we are continually looking for new green products for our clients and look forward to new opportunities to improve green building in the Lawrence area.