Energy Saving Features

Your home should be your sanctuary. A place where you’re not reminded of the pressures of the outside world. Our homes are designed, engineered and built with close attention paid to being as energy-efficient as possible. That's why we use only Energy Star rated appliances. Our heating and air-conditioning systems are from LENNOX, with a 93% efficiency rated furnace and 14 SEER cooling system. Our "low e" windows provide maximum views with minimum thermal transfer.

So, what is Draper Creekside doing to reduce its carbon footprint? The short answer is that we’re doing everything possible – so that we can offer you a comfortable place to call home for years to come.

As you’ll see below, doing everything possible can really add up!

We know that one of the main reasons people are moving closer into the city, whether here or in Cleveland, is because they know that energy prices will go up some day, and stay up. Many have concluded that proximity to urban centers isn’t only smart financially but also can lead to being in an dynamic and exciting environment. They know that for most, these places are where our future will be.

We say, it’s where the present is too.

Some of the energy efficient steps we’ve taken at Draper Creekside include: Design & Structural Features A Lennox 93 percent efficient furnace and 14-Seer energy-efficient air condition unit is installed near the middle of each residence. This HVAC system uses 20 percent less natural gas as compared to standard 80 percent efficient furnaces, and its central location in the home means that your cooled or heated air, and hot water, travel the least possible distance within your home with the least amount of thermal loss during circulation. Mastic sealed duct work.

2 x 6 frame construction allows for more insulation, a higher energy efficiency and more robust structure. Premium insulation provides R-21 rating (R-13 is the standard rating for a 2x4 wall). The higher the rating, the greater the thermal insulating benefit to the homeowner.

Interior Finish Features

  • All appliances installed in a home are Energy Star rated by the federal government. For more info in Energy Star, go to http://www.energystar.gov.
  • High grade windows feature polycarbonate glazing and low-e window glass. And for those curious just what “low-e” means (as we were), it stands for “low emissivity.”
  • Light fixtures are low wattage, CFL and CFD throughout. These reduce heat and energy consumption from standard bulbs by approximately 75 percent. The bulbs last up to 10 years. Energy Star rated.
  • High volume bath fans (greater than 1 cubic foot per second) reduce moisture and improve air quality within the bathroom. Energy Star rated.
  • Digital programmable thermostat.
  • Integrated recycle bins in kitchen.

Exterior & Landscaping Features

  • Draper Creekside’s landscaping features draught tolerant plants and trees. Over 100 new trees and 300 new shrubs and/or nature grasses will be planted in the community.
  • Secondary water will be at Draper Creekside for all landscaped areas. Therefore significantly reducing the use of valuable culinary water and keeping HOA dues low.

Smart Land Use

  • The higher density of this project (than the housing it replaced) is a much more efficient use of the land.
  • Prior to demolition, the derelict duplex originally on this site were handed over to salvage crews to re-use and recycle all salvageable materials from those structures.
  • All site vegetation which was cleared to make way for construction was recycled.

Sustainability

We care about how and where materials are grown, made, finished and transported.

That’s why our hardwood floors are engineered. Engineered flooring uses significantly less slow growing timber by using fast growing hardwood recycled wood as a ply base. This multi-layer construction method produces a product that has superior performance and durability, and uses fewer trees to produce than solid hardwood.

  • All framing lumber used will be from sustainable forests. FSC Certified Wood.
  • Draper Creekside is built with durable, natural and recyclable materials inside and out to keep maintenance and expenses low and the need for replacement materials at a minimum.