Creating Energy Efficient and Eco-Friendly Homes

Baltimore, Md.-based Haven Custom Homes, in conjunction with Old Man Construction of Charleston, S.C., and Cobalt LLC, has completed its first five EarthCraft House(TM)- and ENERGY STAR-certified custom homes, furthering its continuing commitment to creating energy efficient, eco-friendly homes. The certified homes are located in South Carolina's Hunley Waters community and provide a model for healthy, comfortable homes that improve energy efficiency by up to 20 percent.

EarthCraft House and ENERGY STAR homes include a number of important features that are directly beneficial to homeowners, including effective insulation, high-performance windows, tight construction and ducts, efficient heating and cooling equipment, lighting and appliances, and third-party verification.

"It is, and always has been, the goal at Haven Custom Homes to create eco-friendly, energy efficient homes that reduce energy costs and provide a better living environment for homeowners," said John Ragland, executive vice president of land acquisitions and marketing for Haven Custom Homes.

Hunley Waters, developed by Cobalt LLC, is the first sustainable, eco-friendly community in North Charleston, S.C. Designed by Charleston-based firm Beau Clowney Design, the homes in the community range in size from 1,700 square feet to 1,996 square feet and feature open, spacious floor plans with stunning wraparound porches and private rear decks offering expansive views of Noisette Creek and the surrounding marsh. The homes include numerous windows, nine- and 10-foot ceilings and ENERGY STAR appliances.

The EarthCraft House- and ENERGY STAR-certified homes in Hunley Waters were constructed at Haven Custom Homes' environmentally protected state-of-the-art facility in South Carolina. Haven Custom Homes was able to create the homes in its facility with an experienced, well-trained workforce using precision tooling to create consistently straight walls, square corners, fitted windows and flat ceilings. The controlled environment protected the homes from weather preventing warping and moisture damage. Haven Custom Homes' tested methods resulted in the homes being delivered to the community three times faster than conventional construction methods.

Haven Custom Homes was the recipient of the Best In American Living Award (BALA) for 2007 Home of the Year sponsored by the National Association of Home Builders and was privileged to partner in the building of the Southern Living Idea House in Florida and the Cottage Living Idea Home in New Orleans during 2007.

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