Insulated Garage Door
Additional insulation add to the comfort of the home and it’s occupants.
30-Year Architectural Shingles
High-Definition shingles earn the highest fire safety rating possible and is backed by a 30-year, fully transferable warranty and the Good Housekeeping Seal for peace of mind.
Energy Star™ Ultra Low-E Glass Windows
Double Paned Windows contain invisible reflective coating and are filled with Argon gas to reduce transmission of outdoor temperatures to the inside, making your home comfortable and reducing utility bills.
A membrane blanketing the exterior of your home to reduce risk of mold and increase thermal efficiency.
R-19 Exterior Wall Insulation
Greenguard Certified insulation meets stringent standards for chemical emissions that are well beyond Code standards, providing a safe environment for the homes’ inhabitants.
Additional structural support ensures integrity of the home while increasing energy efficiency and providing protection from the elements.
Enhanced OSB Subfloor
Innovative tongue and groove design combined with wood-resin materials virtually eliminates swelling and provides superior resistance against moisture, improving floor performance and giving peace of mind with a manufacturer warranty.
Manabloc Water Distribution System
Enables hot and cold water to run directly from the source to the fixture, ensuring consistent temperatures and pressure while helping homeowners realize dramatic energy savings through water conservation.
R-38 Insulation (Attic)
Blown insulation provides a barrier for the home, helping to protect it from the change in temperatures outdoors and reducing energy costs.
Pre-Assembled manufacturing design increases quality while local production reduces fuel emissions and helps protect the environment.
Made of 100% Recycled Materials to conserve resources.
Tightly Sealed Ductwork
Sealing ductwork helps reduce energy loss from the home and provides a more comfortable home.
Natural Gas Communities
92% AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) Gas Furnace & 13 SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating) Air Conditioning Unit.
HVAC Merv 10 Filter
Effectively reduces common household pollutants such as pet dander, mold spores, dust mites and other allergens to improve allergies and extend the life of your heating and cooling system.
90% Compact Fluorescent Lighting (CFL)
90% Compact Fluorescent Lighting (CFL) fixtures use just 25% of electricity that incandescent bulbs do and last 8-10 times longer, reducing your electric bill and minimizing home maintenance.
Energy Star™ Appliance
Energy Star™ certified dishwasher cuts back on water usage to reduce water bills and conserve natural resources.
Draped Wall Insulation
Keeps the elements out and the comfort in, saving you hundreds of dollars a year.
Engineered Floor Joists
Provides superior strength compared to traditional sawn lumber and resists warping and swelling.
Low VOC Paints
Low VOC Paints emit virtually no pollutants, reducing odor while protecting the health of the home’s inhabitants and the environment.
Cabinetry Manufacturer meets Environmental Stewardship Program standards for air quality and resource management, while reducing pollution and conserving resources.
Non-Ozone depleting refrigerant in your A/C unit keeps your home cool without adding unnecessary pollutants to the environment.
Today’s discriminating home purchasers want to know they are investing their money wisely. It’s about more than the cheapest price or the most square feet. It’s about getting the most value out of your home purchase. S&A Homes has combined cutting edge technology and building practices to offer you a high performance home that is energy efficient, eco-friendly and healthier, which protects your investment, your family and the environment without sacrificing the value that has helped S&A Homes build more than 15,000 homes. The best part is…every home is an E-Home.
The HERS Index (Home Energy Rating System) was developed by RESNET (Residential Energy Services Network) and is the official measure of energy performance by the US Department of Energy. The lower the score, the more energy efficient the home is. An average HERS score for a code-built 10-Year old home is 130 while a code-built home today scores 100.
Compare that to the S&A E-Home, which features an average HERS score of 68 in natural gas communities and 77 in heat pump communities. The S&A E-Home is, on average, 37% more efficient than its 10-year old counterpart and 13% more efficient than an equivalent new home in a natural gas community. Just as you would never purchase a car without checking its MPG, you should never buy a home without verifying its HERS rating.
Outside Verification - Every S&A E-Home is scrutinized by an independent, third-party inspection agency to ensure that our homes meet the most stringent standards. Each homebuyer will receive a copy of their home’s verification summary & RESNET certificate with their home’s specific HERS Index Score from the inspection agency.
At S&A Homes, we care about the environment because we care about people. Conservation efforts help us build responsibly and give back to the community. Your home will include only the highest-quality products designed to reduce your carbon footprint, lower overall waste and conserve water. From the 100% recycled materials used in the carpet pad to the water conservation achieved through the Manabloc plumbing system, each product has been hand-picked to ensure it reduces harmful side effects to the environment. Additionally, we turn to local vendors whenever possible to lower our carbon footprint while passing along the savings to you.
All this talk about the environment is great, but how will you and your family benefit? Indoor air quality is at the forefront of our design and materials used. R-410a refrigerant and Low VOC paints and finishes dramatically reduce pollutants in your home. Even better, each home comes with a MERV 10 HVAC Air Filter, which is 30-40 times more effective than a standard MERV 3 filter included in most new homes. The MERV 10 Air Filter makes life easy again for allergy sufferers and helps filter out bacteria that would normally re-circulate through the home.
“ We can't say enough about the air flow efficiency of the home. Goodbye hot and cold spots! S&A staff works with you from beginning to end to ensure you are happy in your new home, like we are!”
-Scotty & Jenny - Pittsburgh
The proof is in the pudding, or so they say. HERS scores are helpful, but is it possible to actually see the S&A Difference? Actually, it is through the use of thermal imaging. Thermal Imaging measures serve as a quality control mechanism that uses the temperature differences in the home to provide an infrared image that easily identifies any air leaks, which can account for up to 50% of the heating inefficiencies in a home that has not properly sealed its windows, ductwork, doorways, and entry points for mechanicals.
The following images provide a visual representation of the heating and cooling efficiencies maintained in an S&A E-Home. While the purple and pink tones indicate heating and cooling efficiency, the yellow and orange tones represent potential air leaks and heat loss.
E-HOME The following images provide a visual representation of the heating and cooling efficiencies maintained in an S&A E-Home. While the purple and pink tones indicate heating and cooling efficiency, the yellow and orange tones represent potential air leaks and heat loss.
CODE COMPLIANT NEW HOME This image, taken from a newly constructed home that meets code requirements, shows how air is able to escape from a typical new home. The overall yellow tones in the photo indicate that there are significant air leaks and energy inefficiencies. The result? The individual who purchases a typical new home faces significantly higher utility bills and inequitable distribution of heat, making the home less comfortable and much more expensive.