Energy Star® Certified
Banner Communities is one of a few homebuilders in Texas to qualify for Energy Star® certification. This means our homes have to meet a standard of energy efficiency that is about 30% higher than most state building code standards. It also means that a third-party energy rating firm has to randomly test our homes. When you move into your new Banner home, you'll know how energy efficient your home is and the kind of savings you can expect.
This kind of lumber employs laminated wood chips or strands in the production of framing components. It's stronger and straighter than traditional, solid-sawn lumber. And because the wood usually comes from faster-growing plantation trees, it saves old-growth forests.
Based on a "deep foundation" system using spaced helical steel piers that extend below problem soils that concrete and poured footings sometimes encounter, the "Sure Built Foundation" exceeds most site constructed concrete applications commonly found in home construction. Insulative pre-cast concrete panels are also placed below the perimeter of your home for placement and compacting of backfill medium. By reducing the use of heavy grading machinery and concrete, the system reduces the massive C02 footprint of constructing a concrete slab or foundation.
Low-E insulated glass windows
Banner uses ENERGY STAR® qualifying, double-pane, low-e, VINYL windows. Low-e (low emissivity) glass has a metal oxide film coating that reflects long-wave heat energy, while passing shorter-wave, visible light. In the winter, long-wave radiant heat is reflected back into the house. In summer, outside heat energy is reflected away from the house.
92% efficiency updraft furnaces
Tankless "on-demand" water heaters
You don't use hot water 24 hours a day. But, you're paying to heat water day and night with a traditional water heater. The tankless water heater is an efficient way to heat water quickly and deliver a supply of hot water for as long as you need it, anytime you need it. With tankless water heaters in Banner Homes, you only pay to heat water when you need it and for as long as you want it.
Concrete is not a very good insulating material with an insulating factor generally not greater than R-1. Without additional insulation around the perimeter of conventional foundation or slab construction, the potential for additional heat and cooling loss in your home increases. Every Banner home contains batt-insulation under the main floor with an R-22 insulation rating.
Advanced fixture designs-such as 1.6 gallon/flush toilets and 2.5 gallon/minute showerheads reduce flow rates while maintaining a soft, strong spray. So you get comfortable bathing with reduced water consumption.
Responsible material usage
About 400 studs are used in the construction of an average house today. That means 300 to 400 million studs are required annually for residential construction. Banner homes are constructed in a controlled manufacturing environment utilizing advanced equipment to minimize waste material.
Recycled decking materials
Banner uses "TREX" manufactured deck materials. In addition to its improved durability, this composite of wood fibers, plastic milk jugs and plastic grocery bags provides a strong, maintenance-free alternative to traditional redwood decking. And, of course it saves redwoods.
Each Banner home has a full weatherproof housewrap that acts as a secondary defense against water and weather instruction by providing a continuous exterior drainage plane around the home.