Frisco builder gets refund for going green
April 22, 2009
FRISCO Applying sustainable practices outlined by Friscos building code paid off for Apex Mountain Homes and a Reserve homeowner in a big way this week.The town refunded $3,800 in building permit fees after certifying that the new house exceeded Frisco’s basic requirements for green building.The town’s sustainable building codes were subjected to a bit of flak by some builders by going beyond county requirements, said Apex owner Clark Johnson.The grumbling had to do with the fact that Friscos code was different, Johnson said. They (Frisco) took it to another level by giving incentives to go beyond the basic requirements, Johnson said, explaining how his company worked with the homeowner and the town to make the home energy efficient.It wasnt easy. We had to be more mindful during the process, Johnson said. Cutting down on energy use is a big factor. Johnson said the homes windows and insulation exceeded the towns baseline expectations, as did a high-efficiency boiler system.Building crews also did some on-site recycling of wood waste.We told the framing crew that wed take them out to dinner with their families if they only used one Dumpster, Johnson said. As a result, the carpenters ended up taking some of the wood scraps home to use as firewood. Johnson reckons that the effort may have saved several thousand dollars in Dumpster fees.Other sustainable features of the home include natural stone products, a natural wool carpet, reclaimed hickory flooring and beetle-kill logs.Using engineered wood made from wood waste and scraps for the structural elements was another big plus for the project. Traditional construction uses two-by-sixes that often come from old-growth wood. Johnson said he plans to follow the same practices in future projects. Thats the way we build homes. I think were one of the first to run through this process, he said.Frisco building official Janine Snyder said Johnson is the second local builder to get a refund. Several other local projects are currently on the same track, she added.Snyder said the end result is a win-win situation for the town, builders and the homeowner, resulting in an environmentally friendly and energy-efficient home that cuts energy consumption.Were saving natural resources and we end up with a better building, she said.Bob Berwyn can be reached at (970) 331-5996, or at email@example.com.