Briar Chapel, North Carolina
Briar Chapel is the largest green community located in Chatham County, North Carolina. Just 20 miles from the world famous triangle park. The largest research park in the world which occupies over seven thousand acres. home to over 170 companies, and employs over 14,000 skilled workers. This green community covers over 1,500 acres with over 900 acres of preserved open green space, streams, slopes, and wetland preservation to protect native habitat and local wildlife.
Over 50% of the community is designed for open space, protected greenways, buffers and over 20 parks for residents to enjoy with their families. Advanced erosion techniques are implemented to protect the native land, sediment control landscaping, reclaimed water utilized to reduce demand for potable water in this sustainable community.
Briar Chapel is designed as a walkable community, featuring over 24 miles of hiking, and biking trails connecting green spaces, local parks, ball fields, eco friendly neighborhoods with academic excelling schools from kinder garden through high school. Including five famous university’s within close proximity for future higher education enrichment.
All homes constructed in the Briar Chapel community are NAHB green certified. A full thirty percent (30%) of all the homes in the community face south to allow solar capability for heating and solar powered water heaters. energy efficient standards are implemented through out the green construction process including: dual pane low E windows, engineered lumber, programmable thermostats, HVAC air duct sealing, Indoor air quality is preserved utilizing low VOC paints and adhesives, indoor and exterior water resource conservation technology is included within every home in the community.
This mixed use community features eight carefully selected NAHB green certified home builders with home prices ranging from the 300’s to the 900’s. Individual homes can vary in size from 1,400 sq. ft. two bedroom two bath all the way up to over 4,000 sq. ft. five bedroom 4.5 bathrooms. Local green brokers can plan and customize each individual home to suit your individual families sustainable lifestyle!
Additional amenities available exclusively for local residents is the Briar club. This LEED silver certified sustainable building can accommodate individual weddings, holiday parties and festivals. A resort style salt water pool and water park is available, art classes, fitness classes, and scheduled community events. Currently under construction is the Veranda commercial project with preleasing from attorneys, four restaurants, six medical offices, a preschool, and an outdoor performance stage for weekend performances.
Phase two will be 500.000 sq. ft. of commercial, retail, office, and medical space on the adjacent thirty acres. Central Carolina community College (CCCC) and Chatham County government are partners in this development which could lead to a local health sciences center opening in 2018.
Briar Chapel is master planned and developed by Newland Communities the largest private developer in the nation. With communities planned and under development in over 14 states including a 25 year track record of building unique mixed use communities designed for each individual region of the country. Winning numerous awards and accolades including 2010 developer of the year and 2010 green community of the year.
Cimarron Homes, North Carolina
As an early adapter, with the green building Initative (GBI) recognizing the economic and intrinsic value of green construction more than thirty years ago. Craig Morrison has earned the respect and reputation for delivering consistent value and dual green certified homes. All Cimarron Homes are dual certified receiving both Energy Star and NGBScertification. With a track record, of developing over 3,000 homes and eight green communities in the North Carolina Triangle area, Cimarron Homes has developed a solid reputation of constructing environmentally responsible, energy efficient homes that are truly affordable.
Cimarron homes is a flexible home builder, and able to offer sustainable homebuyers, a custom constructed energy efficient dream home on your private lot, or a high quality production style home in one of their eight North Carolina green communities. Offering special in house programs customized to all types of homebuyers specific features can include: Adding value backed finished basements for more total square footage, dual master suites for overnight guests, or wider doorways and door levers for added accessibility convenience.
Highlighting some of the specific energy efficient environmentally friendly features included in each Cimarron home are:
Site selection and design preparation. Using the natural features of the terrain to reduce the overall environmental impact, for storm water retention and water infiltration.
Advanced framing techniques; Tight construction of building materials with exterior house wrap, creating a tight thermal envelope for energy efficiency, advanced sealing of all cracks and adding more insulation.
Aprilaire air filters; Pressure balancing HVAC air returns using extra thick filters that capture over 95% of allergy pollens and 70% of mold and spores improving the Indoor air quality.
Low VOC materials for interior finishes and green certified carpet by the carpet and rug Institute.
High quality, low flow Moen water conservation faucets, shower heads and toilet fixtures.
Programmable thermostat for timely efficient heating and cooling over a 24 hour period.
Energy Star approved appliances and ceiling fans.
Sealed HVAC ducts and delivery systems.
Vinyl low E exterior windows.
Solar panels now an option for every home, installed by Southern Energy Management(SEM).Reducing your energy bill up to 75% with all excess energy going back to the electrical grid. With an expected lifetime residual value of 30 years of functionality. The cost of these new solar systems can now be totally financed into your greenmortgage.
All homes exceed Energy Star compliance and are third party verified. Homeowners receive two separate compliance certificates . One from Energy Star and one from NGBS. All HVAC duct systems are tested prior to and after construction for air leaks. After construction the Cimarron representatives continues its sustainable homeowner education by providing each family with a manual explaining how to operate and maintain all the energy efficient systems constructed through out the entire home.
Cimarron homes is one of the very few production homebuilders that uses Energy star and NAHB green certifications. These overlapping green certifications are above and beyond any required compliance.
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