A LOOK BEHIND THE WALLS
We work hard at paying extra attention to the finer details, many that begin before construction even starts. We ensure the proper amount of time is dedicated to quality control throughout the construction process. We only hire contractors with excellent workmanship who pride themselves on producing a stunning product. Our construction management team continually monitors the day to day activities in each home and completes a number of inspections during the process. We do not accept work that is merely satisfactory and we believe that our standard of excellence will be evident to anyone who views our homes.
Be sure to ask us about the features and amenities that will be in your home!
Efficient heating, cooling and ventilation
Today, more than ever, home buyers and builders are placing high value on energy efficiency in their homes. It is easy to judge a house based on the outward appearance, but it is also important to realize there’s tremendous value to be found in homes that are built to save energy. In many of our homes we offer energy efficient features that offer superior performance, lower operating costs and a reduced environmental impact.
Our homes have a minimum of 93% efficiency furnaces, which enhance comfort and help to lower energy bills in your home. All furnaces are sized to accommodate each floor plan to provide the maximum of efficiency.
Tankless Water Heaters revolutionize comfort, energy efficiency and convenience. Because tankless water heaters provide hot water only when it’s needed, they can save you on your energy bill.
Energy Performance Score
Energy Performance Score (EPS for short) is a measurement tool that helps define a home's energy consumption, utility costs and carbon emissions based on energy use. The EPS also reveals the estimated monthly and annual energy costs. EPS allows you to see the benefits of our homes more clearly, and even offers a side-by-side comparison of how each home’s energy score stacks up against similar-sized homes in Oregon. Ask your Real Estate agent if your home is an EPS home.
For more information about EPS, visit http://energytrust.org/residential/eps/default.aspx
Open Web Floor Trusses
Many of our homes use open web floor trusses (vary per plan), which is an open Joist’s configuration that makes it easier and faster to install mechanical systems such as plumbing, electrical and HVAC. The best advantage of using the open web system is that is saves energy by not pushing heated air into a cold crawl space in the winter or sending cool air into a hot attic in the summer. This saves you money on monthly energy costs to heat and cool your home.
With all the rain we see in Oregon, Westwood Homes takes extra precautions against moisture intrusion. All of our homes use a DuPont™ Tyvek® DrainWrap™ weather barrier, which is engineered with vertical grooves to promote drainage in the wall systems by helping channel water safely to the outside. The breathable barrier allows water vapor to pass through and promote drying which can help in the prevention of mold and mildew growth.
In addition to the exterior weather barrier, Westwood homes uses DuPont™ FlexWrap™ flashing system at doors and windows to further help prevent any potential water damage.
Verified Dry Construction
All of our homes receive a third party verification that materials are sufficiently dry prior to insulation or installing finishes. Ensuring that lumber has a low moisture content is essential in preventing mold growth and in reducing cosmetic damages to finishes. Carefully dried construction is another crucial step we take in protecting your investment.
Properly sealed ducts
A duct system that is well-designed and properly sealed can make your home more comfortable, energy efficient and safer. Sealing HVAC air ducts with mastic sealant saves energy by reducing air leaks in forced air heating and cooling systems. A tightly built home matched with an approved ventilation system reduces unwanted air exchanges between the house, crawl space, attic and the outdoors.
Properly installed floor, ceiling and wall insulation can help keep heat inside during winter and outside during summer. Insulation is given an “R-Value” rating that reflects its resistance to heat flow; the greater the number, the better the insulating quality.
Our vinyl windows are durable, energy efficiency and able to stand up to the elements. They are less likely to fade in color, flake, peel or rot. Our homes feature a wide range of a window styles that vary based on your floor plan and give each home unique exterior character. All of our windows are Low-E or low emissivity, which is an invisible metallic coating on the glass designed to reflect infrared light, keeping heat inside in the winter and outside in the summer. It also reflects part of ultraviolet light to protect interior furnishings from fading prematurely.