The framing process is complete on our 2013 Parade Home! In this step of the building process we focus on our energy efficiency. Our exterior walls are built with 2×6 studs. This creates thicker walls allowing for more insulation. We also put in our heating and ventilation. Many of the production builders have gone to plastic ventilation systems without air returns on the second floor. We continue to use the best products in each of our new homes; this includes a quality ventilation system. Our system ensures that once you move into your new home it will be comfortable through the hottest summer and coldest winter. In this step, we also focus on sealing the envelope. If you have been shopping for a new home you have probably heard this term many times. Sealing the envelope simply refers to sealing every crack or nail hole created during the framing process. Keep in mind that this is only one step in building a green home. Building a truly green home takes planning and effort from pouring the foundation to the finishes. Our green process translates to huge savings each month, compared to your existing home. Soon we will finish the rough electrical, plumbing, and begin drywall in the new home. We are excited to keep you updated throughout construction of our 2013 Parade Home. In the next post we will show you some of the modern design products we are putting in this exciting new home!