Our commitment to LivingSmart™ began over 15 years ago -not just for the planet and its resources, but for every family who wants their home to be as healthful, comfortable and cost-efficient as possible. Our LivingSmart™ homes are designed with these four components in mind:
Our technology reduces energy consumption and utility bills.
Dimmer switches and motion detectors are a great way to control your energy usage. Energy efficient heating and cooling systems and programmable thermostats also reduce your electrical usage. And with a solar system, you can harness the power of the sun to lower or eliminate electrical bills.
Fluorescent or LED lighting throughout your home, or in key areas such as kitchens, is more energy-efficient than incandescent lighting.
Energy Star™ appliances, such as refrigerators and dishwashers, will save you money—simple as that. Here are two more examples: a tankless water heater that heats water only when you need it, and a digital programmable thermostat that helps automatically control energy use and save money.
Maintaining a comfortable home temperature reduces energy bills, and our materials do just that. Radiant barrier roof sheathing reflects the sun, weather stripping reduces temperature fluctuation, and low-E window glass keep heat and cold outside and protects household items against sun damage.
Our features and finishes contribute to better indoor air quality.
Low-VOC, water-based wood finish, interior paint, caulking and adhesives ensure a healthy living environment for your family.
Since we breathe it every day, you could say air quality is just a bit important. That’s why right sized HVAC filters provide better air filtration and quiet bathroom fans with built-in humidistat controllers reduce moisture and automatically turn off when the humidity level has dropped.
A sealed combustion furnace and a central vacuum system helps keep indoor air quality at healthy levels.
Our extensive use of sustainable materials help conserve natural resources.
Our engineered wood products resist warping, splitting and shrinking while preserving our forests
We’re doing our part to recycle, and we help you do the same. Our Recycle/Reuse program puts unused materials back to work, conserving natural resources. A built-in kitchen recycle bin, an optional solar system and an electric-vehicle charging system are some of the ways you can support an earth-friendly approach.
Our plumbing fixtures, appliances and landscape design helps conserve water usage.
We want to help you save resources in every way possible. WaterSense faucets, showerheads, and toilets conserve water and save you money. The option of adding a recirculating pump with your tankless hot water heater, will help get hot water to the faucets faster, saving cold water from running down the drain and saving you even more money.
At a time when water conservation is more important than ever before, we’re proud to showcase plants, materials and techniques to design drought-tolerant landscapes in many of our communities.