Quality Construction and Materials

Every SVHOME renovation is made with the finest quality in construction and materials, with the highest regard for your family and our environment.  

Start to finish, every SVHOME is designed to be as safe and efficient as it is beautiful.

The Efficiency and Cost Savings of Energy Star Rated Appliances

ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices. Results are already adding up. Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved enough energy in 2010 alone to avoid greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 33 million cars — all while saving nearly $18 billion on their utility bills.

Energy efficient choices can save families about a third on their energy bill with similar savings of greenhouse gas emissions, without sacrificing features, style or comfort. ENERGY STAR helps you make the energy efficient choice.

How a Product Earns the ENERGY STAR Label

ENERGY STAR is the trusted, government-backed symbol for energy efficiency helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy-efficient products and practices.

The ENERGY STAR label was established to:

  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants caused by the inefficient use of energy; and
  • Make it easy for consumers to identify and purchase energy-efficient products that offer savings on energy bills without sacrificing performance, features, and comfort.

How Does EPA Choose which Products Earn the Label?

Products can earn the ENERGY STAR label by meeting the energy efficiency requirements set forth in ENERGY STAR product specifications. EPA establishes these specifications based on the following set of key guiding principles:

  • Product categories must contribute significant energy savings nationwide.
  • Qualified products must deliver the features and performance demanded by consumers, in addition to increased energy efficiency.
  • If the qualified product costs more than a conventional, less-efficient counterpart, purchasers will recover their investment in increased energy efficiency through utility bill savings, within a reasonable period of time.
  • Energy efficiency can be achieved through broadly available, non-proprietary technologies offered by more than one manufacturer.
  • Product energy consumption and performance can be measured and verified with testing.
  • Labeling would effectively differentiate products and be visible for purchasers.

ENERGY STAR qualified refrigerators are 20% more energy efficient than the minimum federal standard. Thanks to recent improvements in insulation and compressors, today’s refrigerators use much less energy than older models. With an ENERGY STAR qualified refrigerator, you can maximize your energy and dollar savings without sacrificing the features you want.

ENERGY STAR qualified dishwashers are, on average, 10% more energy    efficient and 12% more water efficient than standard models.

ENERGY STAR qualified dishwashers use advanced technology to get your dishes clean while using less water and energy.

  • Trim your utility bills — Do you have a dishwasher made before 1994? If so, you’re paying an extra $40 a year on your utility bills compared to owning a new ENERGY STAR qualified model. Replace one of these old dishwashers with ENERGY STAR and save enough money to pay for dishwasher detergent all year.
  • Save loads of water — A dishwasher built before 1994 wastes more than 10 gallons of water per cycle. A new, ENERGY STAR qualified dishwasher will save, on average, 1,300 gallons of water over its lifetime.
  • Save the environment — Nearly 70 percent of U.S. electricity is generated by burning coal and natural gas, which releases greenhouse gasses and other air pollutants into the atmosphere, contributing to climate change and air quality problems. ENERGY STAR qualified dishwashers use less energy than conventional models, which helps reduce air pollution and combat global climate change. By reducing water consumption, ENERGY STAR qualified dishwashers also help protect our lakes, streams, and oceans.

The Safety of  Highest Quality, Low VOC Paints

SVHOME uses only the finest LOW VOC Paints available today. While we want you to love the way your home looks and feels; equally importantly, we want to create a healthy environment for you and your family.

Volatile Organic Compounds are the organic solvents used in standard paint formulations which serve as the carrier for paint pigment. When paint dries, the odor smelled is from the evaporation of VOC’s used in the solvent vehicle and the tinting pigments.

Some of the more common VOC’s used in paint as solvents and preservatives include formaldehyde and benzene. Pigment chemicals can include lead, cadmium and chromium. The “fresh paint” smell we often experience are VOC emissions from volatile chemicals like diethyl phthalate and dibutyl.

Oil based paint has the highest level of VOC’s. Exposure to VOC’s can trigger asthma attacks, create throat and eye irritation, nausea and headaches among other health problems. Long-term exposure can lead to cancer and diseases of the kidney and liver.

Because of the negative health effects of VOC’s, alternative interior paints are now available that contain extremely low-VOC or no-VOC formulations.

Low Odor or Low VOC Paint are terms used to describe VOC content that meets the less stringent EPA standard of 250 g/L for latex paints or 380 g/L for oil based paint. But here’s where it gets confusing. A paint may be labeled Low VOC and be significantly BETTER than these standards. For example, if you buy a Green Seal certified paint, the maximum VOC content will be 50 g/L for flat paint or 150 g/L for other paint, not 250 g/L as per the EPA standard.

The Savings of Energy Efficient Lighting Applications

Lighting represents as much as 25 percent of your home’s electrical use, so it is a significant part of your monthly utility bill.

At SVHOME, efficient lighting is a science as well as an art. And yet, most builders still primarily utilize the incandescent bulb (basically the same technology invented by Thomas Edison over 100 years ago). Since lighting represents such a significant portion of your home’s electrical use, increasing your lighting efficiency is one of the easiest and fastest ways to help you lower your energy bills.

In many applications, SVHOME replaces existing incandescent fixtures and light bulbs with compact fluorescent lights. The light they provide is a soft, warm color, similar to incandescents, but they use up to 75% less energy, and should last approximately 10,000 hours (about ten times longer than a regular incandescent light bulb). When implemented, SVHOME typically locates compact fluorescent where the lights burn an average of an hour or more a day.

Luxurious, Environmentally-Friendly Flooring

THE TIMELESS LOOK OF QUALITY TRAVERTINE

SVHOME has selected Tuscany Classic Travertine to add a timeless, luxurious look and feel to the kitchen and bath areas of many of our homes. An abundant natural resource with incredible durability, many of the ancient ruins we can still enjoy today were constructed using travertine.

Travertine flooring has exceptional natural beauty, and is available in a variety of subtle shades and tones. It does not contain chemicals, unless artificially finished instead of polished. It is hypoallergenic and antimicrobial, so it will help keep your home or office free of dust, hair, allergens, and bacteria that can build up in carpeted areas.

Travertine can have one of four major finishes, polished (shiny), honed (matte), brushed, and tumbled (textured surfaces). The type of finish given to the travertine determines how glossy or textured the surface will be. Polished and honed surfaces are smooth, while the brushed and tumbled surfaces are textured. Polished travertine is shiny and smooth to the touch similar to a marble. Tumbled Travertine feels more like natural stone and reflects the least amount of light. The most common finish for travertine used in the home environment is honed: a flat, smooth feel with a matte finish that mutes reflected light.

Considering that a travertine floor can last over a century given proper care, contains no harmful chemicals, and does not require the energy use associated with vacuuming, this is a human and environmentally friendly product.

THE RICH GLOW OF TOP GRADE, CARB CERTIFIED  FLOORING

In many applications, SVHOME uses a warm, rich 1.2MM thick “Country Pecan”  Flooring, with a “CARB” Certificate that is generated from the California Air Quality Resource Board. California has the strictest guidelines in the United States, recently  becoming the first (and to date only) state to enact legislation limiting the off gas emission for formaldehyde and other harmful gases in laminate and engineered wood laminate flooring products, moldings, plywood underlayment, and other composite wood panel products.

According to California state officials “In April 2007, the California Air Resources Board (CARB), a department of the California Environmental Protection Agency, voted to implement new limits for formaldehyde emitted from composite wood products. These new limits will be implemented in two phases starting January 1, 2009 and the final limits will be in place by 2012”.  This legislation will effect the sale of flooring and other product in California and hopefully have a beneficial environmental effect on the 60 billion dollar flooring industry in United States by bringing the awareness of toxic gases in flooring products to the customers attention.

For detailed information about the California formaldehyde regulation, visit CARB’s website at contact the Composite Panel Association (CPA) at http://www.arb.ca.gov/toxics/compwood/compwood.htm.

SVHOME wants you to stay ahead and become well-educated in the latest developments in maintaining a safe and healthy environment for your family.

THE PLUSH FEEL OF HIGH QUALITY, GREEN-SMART CARPETING

SVHOME has selected Beaulieu of America as our primary carpet manufacturer. Bliss branded “San Miguel” provides a rich, luxurious look and feel that we know you will love in the finished bedrooms, hallways and closet of your SVHOME.

The fiber type is 100% P.E.T. Polyester, Continuous Dye Method; featuring CRI Indoor Air Quality Green Label Plus Number of 9925, and Scotchgard Soil Protection. Polyester is known for its luxurious soft hand when used in thick, cut pile textures. If has excellent color and clarity retention, cleans easily, and is inherently stain resistant.

Bliss San Miguel is Green Smart as a result of its recycled content, and is accordingly stamped GRI-Green Label +.

The Benefits of Luxurious, Richly Appointed Bathroom Vanities

In those cases where SVHOME utilizes finished or non-custom vanities, we often turn to the Pegasus brand for their wide variety of styles and finishes, and their consistent quality of construction.

Pegasus vanity products include their signature faucets, along with distinctive bath accessories and furniture, vanities, mirrors, pedestal sinks, toilets and kitchen sinks. Designs range from the timeless and traditional to the sleek and contemporary. Pegasus special collections feature products that coordinate beautifully, for a polished, sophisticated look.

- Lasting beauty. Durable finishes won’t flake, rust or tarnish.

- Maintenance free performance. All faucets feature a premium ceramic disc  cartridge. There’s never a drip, and never a washer to replace.

- Ease of use—lever handles operate smoothly and comfortably, and meet ADA  standards for accessible design. All handles have quarter-turn handles for quick on and quick off. Always a secure fit-unlike many other faucets, ours fit into any type of countertop, thick or thin.

- Safety and convenience. Shower faucets include an internal stop valve so you can shut off the faucet without shutting off your water pipes. They’re also pressure-balance engineered so you won’t experience sudden temperature changes.

- A Lifetime of Exceptional Performance

The Latest Technology in Low-Flow Landscaping

ENJOY LOWER WATER BILLS WITH SVHOME LOW FLOW IRRIGATION SYSTEMS

Low-flow irrigation systems often use drip emitters, trickle-”spider spray”, micro spray-sprinklers, or mist emitters; to distribute irrigation water slowly in small volumes, targeting it to plants’ root zones with less runoff or “overshooting”, when compared to landscape and garden “regular flow” or conventional spray and rotary sprinklers.

The low volume allows the water to penetrate and be absorbed into slow-percolation soils, such as clay, and those with a ‘packed dirt’ hard surface, minimizing water runoff.

Your SVHOME front and rear landscaping is as efficient as it is beautiful!