THE YOUNGER HOMES MISSION
We build beautifully sustainable homes by incorporating integrated design and value engineering throughout the lifecycle of the project. We utilize elegant, innovative, and proven green building technology and proactive implementation of green building codes to enhance and protect public health, natural resources, and the beauty of the Texas Hill Country and Prairie.
INTEGRATED DESIGN + SUSTAINABLE BUILDING
Integrated design is an ongoing process that considers the holistic integration of multiple disciplines with the goal of achieving an energy efficient, high-performance home, at a competitive cost. Integrated design begins early in the lifecycle of home design, and is concerned with the following: indoor environmental quality, the use of natural resources, property selection, site planning, architectural design, integrating key stakeholders in the design process, as well as community and public health impacts. Integrated design allows for a sustainable home to be built, a home that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
THE BENEFITS OF A YOUNGER HOME
Reduced operating costs for the life-span of the home. Studies have proven cumulative costs of an energy efficient and sustainably built home are significantly lower, while a conventional buildings costs rise steeply overtime.
We spend 90% of our life indoors, it is time to align architectural practice with science. Building with public health in mind is not standard practice, but it is scientifically proven that indoor environmental quality affects productivity, health, comfort and coupled with good lighting, enhances learning.
In the United States, buildings consume 48% of all energy, and 60% of raw material. When managing natural resources as a builder at the local level, we create pockets of sustainability that have immediate impacts, and we make this a manageable task and meaningful in its cumulative effect.
Quality construction is more than using the best materials. It is about using the right materials for our climate, and ensuring those materials are installed properly. With over 60 years of combined construction experience, we have identified what works and what does not work in home construction, as well as what withstands the tests of time. The home design and construction process is quickly evolving, and our team is pioneering proven advances in design, building materials and technology. Overall, we aim to make integrated design decisions, source high quality and local building supplies, as well as, make cost-effective and energy efficient selections that help us to build and deliver healthy, sustainable homes.
The Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index is the industry standard by which a home’s energy efficiency is measured. It is also the nationally recognized system for inspecting and calculating a home’s energy performance.
o More energy efficient than typical new homes.
o Designed and built to high standards that are inspected, tested, and verified.
o Built sustainably and with energy efficiency and human health in mind from project conception.
o Decrease emissions of pollutants and their corresponding negative health and environmental impacts.
o Help states and local governments climate goals by preventing billions of tons of greenhouse gas emissions.
2015 International Residential Code
2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)
INTEGRATING DESIGN INTO A SUSTAINABLE LIFESTYLE
This Younger Home was built with sustainability and integrated design in mind to compliment the everyday lifestyle of a Texas Hill Country family. The starting point for integrated design of this five bedroom, three and a half bath home, was orientation – working with aspects such as solar orientation, tree locations, wind/breeze directions, slope, view, accessibility, and outdoor living spaces. Like many homes in the Texas Hill Country, the home site has a great view, paired with a severely sloped topography. Determining orientation, while designing for the most efficient use of building and foundation materials, was challenging, but cost effective and was one of the first places integrated design “paid off” in the home design process. Architects and Engineers worked together to take advantage of the slope as much as possible, by designing the main living space slightly above grade at the front of the house, and a daylight basement to work into the slope for the lower bedrooms and game room. Also, a fundamental goal was to size rooms appropriately, to avoid wasteful space and unnecessary leftover material.
When designing for energy efficiency a southerly facing home is most ideal for solar orientation and collecting prevailing breezes, especially coming up from the water in the valley. Due to this and integrating a daylight basement and crawl space, large overhangs, efficient orientation, and other sustainable features, this 4,243-square foot home can operate on one HVAC unit, and achieve Energy Star Certification.
Other subtle sustainable features include a roof that is simple but elegant, and will provide an excellent foundation for green features such as rainwater collection and solar panels. For comfort and health in everyday living, the design allowed for the traffic flow and visual flow of the house to work well and be pleasing to the eye, while keeping private spaces private, public areas open with good sightliness, and careful consideration of interior and exterior views of the lake and surrounding mature hardwood trees.