Bosgraaf Home’s Dedication to Sustainability
Today, April 22nd, is the 50th annual celebration of Earth Day — A global phenomenon with over one billion participants. Earth Day, in many ways, has become the LARGEST call to action in the WORLD by way of encouraging civil participation and political action. Among the planting of trees and signing of petitions, corporations are putting their heads together in order to break non-environmental cyclical habits by replacing them with greener solutions.
By perpetuating the idea of conservation and stability, Bosgraaf Homes has made incredible strides in the New Home Building Industry. With the health of our homebuyers in mind, as well as their pockets, Bosgraaf Homes has traded impractical or harmful products for cleaner, safer, and environmentally conscious solutions.
Since 1999, Bosgraaf Homes has committed to building every one of its homes to standards set by Energy Star — a program through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) designed to encourage energy efficiency. In the Fall of 2006, Bosgraaf unveiled its 1,000th Energy Star certified home – more than any other builder in the state. “When you look at our homes from the outside and the inside, they look like a high-quality newly constructed home. It’s when you go beneath the surface that you see our homes take this quality and energy efficiency to another level,” said Michael Bosgraaf, president of Bosgraaf Homes. In 2006, the EPA named Bosgraaf an Energy Star Partner of the Year for its outstanding commitment to energy efficiency and protecting the environment. “We build every one of our homes to Energy Star standards because we know it is the right thing to do for the environment and the homeowner,” Bosgraaf said. “At the same time as we reduce greenhouse emissions, our homeowners are enjoying greater comfort in their homes and reduced utility bills.” Homeowners in Michigan can save more than $500 per year on their energy bills in an Energy Star home.
Building to Energy Star standards is not complex or highly expensive. It simply requires using proven materials, setting a standard for quality construction, and testing the finished product to be sure it has accomplished the goals. When you look beneath the surface of a Bosgraaf Energy Star certified home, here is what you will see:
- Comfortmaker HVAC High Efficiency Furnace
- Comfortmaker Central Air
- Programmable Thermostat
- High Performance foam insulation
- Kitchler energy efficient light fixtures
- Jeld-Wen Doors and Windows
- Multi-material Sealing Program:
- Complete home caulking
- Foundation wrap
- Foam sealants
- Weather stripping
- Door Sweeps