At E. Fletcher Construction, we think carefully about each home and structure we build in the context of the environment around it, and how the structure will affect that environment. We specialize in building homes using sustainable technologies, such as geothermal heating and cooling, solar power, and premium insulation systems, which can reduce the long-term maintenance and cost of owning a home. Sustainable outcomes also result from good site management to encourage resource efficiency, reduce material waste and avoid disposal costs.
A geothermal heating and cooling system taps into the earth below the frost line, which always stays around 50 degrees Fahrenheit, to reduce a home's heating and cooling loads. A geothermal system works more efficiently because the system's mild starting point creates an efficient shortcut to the target temperature. For example, on a 100-degree Virginia summer day or a 0-degree Virginia winter night: a system starting at 50 degrees does not work so hard to get the house comfortable.
Solar power uses arrays of photovoltaic cells to convert sunlight directly into electricity. The benefits of residential solar power are: energy from the sun is a plentiful, renewable resource; it provides clean energy with no greenhouse-gas emissions; and it can save you money on your electric bills. The federal government offer tax rebates for qualifying solar power installations.
According to the Department of Energy, space heating and cooling in homes account for 44% of all energy used. Choosing the correct insulation is one of the most important factors in creating an energy-efficient home and lessening its environmental impact.
Quality, tight-fitting, and well-insulated windows and doors are essential to an energy-efficient home. We make sure every window and door fits perfectly to enhance energy-efficiency, is built to withstand natural elements, and enhances the character of the home or structure.