2[g] Habitats uses only tried and tested construction materials and techniques to ensure that your habitat will last for generations to come. At 2[g] Habitats we take an integrated design approach to your new home. Proper planning to ensure that each and every system is compatible with one another will result in a home that is much more energy efficient and comfortable to live in.
In the past, each aspect of the home building process – frame, insulation, HVAC, etc. was thought about individually.
This is not the case at 2[g] Habitats. Our team of professionals will work to educate you on each and every aspect of your new home to ensuring you are choosing systems that are the best for your given budget and for your long-term investment.
Below you can learn about the materials and construction techniques that you can expect in your new home by 2[g] Habitats.
2[g] Habitats is proud to offer new homes that have earned the ENERGY STAR® label. The ENERGY STAR label means that your new home has been designed and built to standards well above other homes in the market today. It means better quality, better comfort, and better durability. It also means that your new home is a better value for today, and a better investment for tomorrow. The ENERGY STAR label gives you the peace of mind that your home has undergone a better process for inspections, testing, and verification to ensure that it meets strict requirements set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
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Every foundation is designed specifically for your home’s building site and your home’s design. A soil sample is collected from your lot for testing. Our engineer, to design a foundation created specifically for your home, will use the results from the soil testing. Some common foundations in North Texas are: post tension slab, pier and beam, piered slab and suspended slab.
At 2[g] Habitats we prefer piered slab foundations. You can learn more about “why” we prefer this type of foundation by visiting the “Ask 2[g] Habitats” section of this site.
2[g] Habitats also uses a number of advanced framing techniques including: 2×6 construction on all exterior walls allowing for more insulation than standard 2×4 walls, 2 stud corners instead of 3 stud corners allowing for more insulation, drywall clips in lieu of dead wood to reduce the chance of drywall cracking, C – shape headers with insulation on interior above windows and doors on exterior walls. These advanced framing techniques in addition to tried and tested framing practices allow for a more energy efficient home.
Depending on your budget and goals there are a few options including Blown Cellulose and spray foam. Both types of insulation provide excellent results. 2[g] Habitats team has worked with both applications and will discuss the pro’s and con’s of each type of insulation. Which type of insulation in and of itself is not that important. What is important is choosing an insulation type and making sure the other systems in the home are designed around the insulation of your choice. Insulation cannot be picked at the last minute as it will effect many of the other systems in the home.
At 2g Habitats, we are huge fans of Andersen Windows. They have a track record of success and stand behind their products. Windows are one of the key passive systems in a home that will keep energy bills down and make sure you are comfortable year round. We encourage you to consider E-Series and 100 Series windows by Andersen on your upcoming build.
This is what will keep you warm and cool. As a standard 2[g] Habitats uses a 16 SEER HVAC system by either Lennox or Trane with Ecobee (www.ecobee.com) smart thermostats. Depending on your budget you may want to upgrade your SEER rating or even look at going geothermal. Several factors affect the final HVAC system selections including the design and floorplan of the home as well as framing and insulation choices. This is all part of the total system integration process for maximum comfort.
Each home’s electrical system is designed around the way you plan on living in your home. In your fixed cost budget you can count on plenty of can lights with LED bulbs, ample electrical outlets and switches, holiday lighting, exterior lighting and a low voltage package designed with bandwidth to spare. To learn more about the technology found in a home by 2[g] Habitats CLICK HERE.
From architectural shingles to metal roofing or even a flat roof, our team will work with you to ensure the roof is framed and insulated correctly as well as watertight.
You have probably heard the saying, “The difference is in the details.” 2[g] Habitats firmly believes this. You will work one on one with our design team to choose each and every finish for your new home including flooring, cabinets, countertops, plumbing fixtures, light fixtures and paint selections. There are no “standards” here. Our design team will work to get you the best finishes for your budget to ensure your new home truly is a reflection of your lifestyle.
2[g] Habitats uses PEX plumbing in every home. There are several benefits to using PEX including:
-PEX plumbing installations require fewer fittings than rigid piping reducing the chances for a leak (leaks at a plumbing fitting are the number 1 plumbing warranty item for a builder)
-Attaching PEX tube to fittings does not require soldering, and so eliminates the health hazards involved with lead-based solder and acid fluxes
-PEX resists the scale build-up common with copper pipe, and does not pit or corrode when exposed to acidic water
-PEX is much more resistant to freeze-breakage than copper or rigid plastic pipe
-PEX tubing does not transfer heat as readily as copper, and so conserves energy
-Water flows more quietly through PEX tube, and the characteristic “water hammer” noise of copper pipe systems is virtually eliminated
Tankless or Hybrid Hot Water Heaters
Never again will you have to worry about running out of hot water. If you and your family are running late and need to take back to back to back shower you will have as much hot water as you need. Even better is the fact that no energy is wasted as tankless heaters heat water as it is needed. The new hybrid heaters are great because they combine the benefits of endless hot water from tankless heaters with that of a tanked heater so a recirculator can be added if desired. A recirculating pump keeps hot water at the source so it is ready immediately when you turn on the shower or faucet – never again will you have to wait.
This is a personal pet peeve of our founder and is the reason why on a 2[g] Habitat home you will find a hose bib on every corner of your home. Never again will you find yourself in a situation where you cannot get water where you need it without having to join multiple hoses to go over or around fences, driveways, flowerbeds and more. To some this seems minor, but we guarantee you will not have it any other way once you experience having a hose bib on all corners!
Low Flow Fixtures
It is our job to be good stewards of our environment and one way we do this is through water conservation. All homes by 2[g] Habitats use low flow plumbing fixtures and commodes. In many locations this is required by code, but at 2[g] Habitats we feel it is the environmentally responsible thing to do regardless.
Every home built by 2[g] Habitats will have a pot filler at the range. The only exception might be when the cooktop is located in the island as a pot filler could take away from the clean minimal look. Never again will you have to carry a pot full of water from the sink to the stove. This is another luxury (like the hose bibs) that you will wonder how you lived without for all those years!
Clean, purified water to drink is essential and all those plastic water bottles are filling up the landfills. Every 2[g] Habitats home has a filtration system to the fridge and sink. Cool, clean refreshing water will always be within reach. In this category there are options available such as whole home filtration and adding a water softener. While these are not standard 2[g] Habitats will be happy to price out these options for your new home.
The countertop industry is where we got our founders got their start in the construction industry nearly two decades ago. You have many choices and we are happy to help you find the perfect natural stone, quartz or solid surface countertop depending on your goals and lifestyle. Every material has its own strengths and weaknesses, but right now our customers are loving natural stone and quartz countertops by Cambria.