Burghli Homes - Solar Powered Homes

Burghli Homes' Commitment to the Environment

Burghli Homes has made a commitment to protecting the environment, improving quality life, and promoting sustainability. In order to fulfill this commitment, we have adopted a set of standards that allows us to present "Green" building without forcing excessive costs into the price of our homes. Burghli Homes has outlined the "Green Building" Features to explain possible ways to achieving "Green Building" goals.



Continue to build on site, where existing utilities and infrastructure is readily available. This would reduce the disruption of raw land and the need for new utilities from City.

Preserve existing trees "By placing home onsite where a minimum number of trees will be cut down.

Provide positive drainage during construction which is required by City of Houston code

Mulch and chip vegetation and trees that have been cut, then use on site for landscaping.

Use drought resistant plants and turf land

Control erosion and sediment by installing slit fencing as needed during construction


Building Envelope and Insulation

R-22 Envelope walls (R-19 fiberglass batts & R-3, 1/2 Foam Board)

R-25 Ceiling Roof

R-25 between floors

R-35 Blown in the attic

Poly seal all penetrations in envelope walls

Double seal bottom plate on envelope walls between plate, floor and and between plate and sheathing.

Make a common wall between garage and house air tight.

Energy Star rated, insulated, Exterior Doors

Energy star rated, Low-E, double pane, insulated windows

1/2" Radiant barrier Tech shield for decking



Properly sized, RUUD, 18 Seer, Energy Star rated, condenser unit.

Energy Star, High efficiency, gas furnace

Energy Star, programmable thermostat

Balanced and zoned returned air system

Exhaust fans in bathrooms and utility rooms

Solar powered attic fan

Continuous vented Soffit

Vented Range Hoods


Energy Saving Features

Energy Star Fixtures

Ceiling fans in all bedrooms

CFL Light Bulbs throughout "Save up to 75%"

solar Motion Detector, photo sensor security light

Solar attic fan

Energy Star Programmable Thermostat

Energy Star Dishwasher

Motion Sensor light Switches

Solar Tubes



Energy Star water saving dishwasher

Tank less Water Heater "Natural Gas"

Water Saving toilet 1.6 gal

water saving shower heads, 0.8 GPM

Water Saving aerator on faucets

home run water distribution System (Manifold)

Insulated water pipes


Indoor Air Quality

Carbon Monoxide Detectors (1 per floor, per 1,000 sf)

Low VOC paint

Low VOC adhesive and caulking

Low VOC carpet

Ceramic tile in the kitchen, dinning, utility room and entry

Exhaust Fans in bathrooms and utility room

Vented range hood

Sealed airtight common wall between living space and garage

Fresh air supplies into returned air duct

Balanced and zoned return air system to improve air circulation

1" pleated paper filter for HVAC

Seal Ducts during construction


Material- Eco Friendly

Lumber harvested with forest stewardship

Value engineering to limit waste

98% accurate take-offs to limit waste

Limestone brick "Natural Product" that does not require energy or fuel to bake or mold

Up to 40% fly ash in concrete mix to reduce the use of Portland cement


Solar Powered Home Specs as of August 2008

 Change Design of roof to gables, to allow maximum space for solar panels, with Southern exposure, and make sure area is un-shaded

 Beef up insulation

• 2x6 envelope walls with R-19 fiberglass batts plus R-3 foam sheathing (1/2” Green Guard)

• R-30 Fiberglass Batts in cold floor

• R-30 Fiberglass Batts under A/C platform and catwalk

• R-25 Fiberglass Batts in ceiling roof

• R-45 Blown insulation in attic

 Poly seal for air tight envelope

• at bottom plate, between concrete to plate and plate to sheathing At top plate between plate and sheathing

• Around rim joist

• At all corners and T’s

 Poly seal all Penetrations including

• Electrical boxes

• Pipes

• Vents

• Floor to floor and floor to attic

• Around windows and doors

 Neatly cut holes for air ducts and poly seal around air ducts

 Poly seal around blocks separating garage ceiling from house

 Poly seal to make sure common wall between garage and house are air tight

 After sheetrock, poly seal around A/C vents, return vents, and ceiling mount electrical boxes

 Install shoots (baffles) on every rafter, 24” O.C.

 Patch any holes in foam board, or Tyvek

 Insulate behind tubs on exterior walls prior to tub installation

 Make certain insulation is tight with no gaps

 Utilize tech-shield for decking


 2x10 Joists under platforms and catwalks

 No plywood on corners with no brick, to be replaced with x brace.


 Change from a series 40 window to a series 80, vinyl window, with removable sash, that has a U-Factor of .34 and a SHGC (solar heat gain co-efficient) of .34


 Air tight

 Energy Star rated

 Utilize self closing hinges on all exterior doors

 Solid (No Glass)


 Higher efficiency unit from a 14 seer to a 18 seer, properly sized unit.

 Balance air pressure (return vents in every room)

 Install exhaust fans in all high moisture areas

 Solar power garage fan (850 CFM)

 Solar power attic fans (1200 CFM)

 Vented range hoods or microwaves


 Energy Star ceiling fans in every room

 CFL light bulbs in all fixtures

 Solar powered security lights


 Energy Star Dishwasher

 Energy Star Washer

 Energy Saving Gas Dryer

 Energy Star Refrigerator

 Energy Saving Gas Stove

 Solar Batch Water Heater Collector

 Back -Up, Tank less, Gas water heater