Green Building Services

As a steward of the environment, Shaeffer Hyde Construction is focused on building sustainable, energy efficient, healthy homes that are both environmentally friendly and aesthetically pleasing.  Our NAHB Certified Green Professional TM and LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professionals guide our clients through the green building process as well as provide cost-benefit and life cycle analysis of all sustainability options.  At Shaeffer Hyde Construction , we enjoy providing creative solutions and new ideas in an effort to exceed our client’s expectations.  The following are several ways Shaeffer Hyde Construction  can assist the team in achieving the projects sustainable goals:

Snowmelt / Renewable Energy Analysis

The Eagle County Efficient Building Program Guidelines impose sizable monetary penalties for the use of snowmelt.  However, they do allow for these penalties to be offset though the incorporation of alternative energies.  To support the project, Shaeffer Hyde Construction provides cost / benefit analysis to help the team make the decision of how much snowmelt can be offset with renewable energy.

Eagle County Efficient Building Program Monitoring

Shaeffer Hyde Construction tracks and documents all the points required to achieve the Efficient Building Program (ECOBuild) standard.  We assist during the design process, document the selection of materials & physical construction installation, and facilitate the county green inspection process from the beginning of the project through certification.

Green Design / Construction Expertise

As Shaeffer Hyde Construction  has LEED®  Accredited and NAHB Certified Green Building Professional’s on staff, we are able to support the entire LEED®  process from design through owner move in.

Site Specific Waste Recycling Program

On all of our projects, Shaeffer Hyde Construction recycles as much material as possible that can be diverted from a land fill.

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Green Building Strategies

The following are Green Building Strategies that Shaeffer Hyde Construction  analyzes on every project that we build:

Renewable Energy

Solar Thermal, Solar Photovoltaic, & Geo Exchange Systems are all analyzed both from a cost and site feasibility stand point.

Energy Efficient Equipment

Super efficient boilers and mechanical systems.

High Performance Insulation

We do not use traditional batt insulation.  Our homes have a baseline of blown-in insulation that encapsulates all components within the wall and fills all the voids.  In addition, we utilize the newer technology foams that allow a thinner profile, but improved insulating qualities.

High Performance Windows

We focus on the films that are used to provide thermal reduction.  Low E²  and a U coefficient of .28 as a starting point.

Energy Star Appliances

Installed in all of our homes.

Passive Solar Designs

Employed whenever appropriate.

Structurally Insulated Panels (SIPs Panels)

Great insulating properties and lower waste

Radiant Heating

The most efficient way to heat a home specifically in our cold climate.

LED Lighting Systems

LED lights have a very long life span and consume significantly less energy than a traditional light bulb.

Intelligent Thermostats

Installed in every home.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Installed in every home.

Integrated Home Energy Automation Systems

Monitors and manages energy use.

Blower Door Testing

Ensures home is not leaking air and thus energy.

Wood Harvested Sustainably

FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified green woods and  European wood certified by the PEFC (Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) which is the world’s largest forest certification system are utilized when appropriate.

Waste Management & Recycling

We recycle metal, cardboard, & wood.

Low Flow or Dual Flush Plumbing Fixtures

Low flow will help with water conservation.

ERV/Air Filtration HVAC Systems 

Promotes healthy air.

Native Landscaping

Planting / landscaping designed using native plants.

Indigenous Materials 

Majority of materials fabricated within a 500 radius.

Engineered Lumber Systems

Reduce waste and provide a superior product.

Low VOC Products

These products reduce Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) used in the home during construction.

Interesting Renewable Materials

We use Beetle Kill wood when appropriate. Beetle Kill    lumber is from standing dead lodge pole pines that are indigenous to Colorado and that have been killed by pine beetles.

Radon Mitigation / Underslab Ventilation

Radon testing for a healthier home.

Re-Use of Excavated Earth & Topsoil

This minimizes trucking and saves money.

Limiting Site Disturbance

Erosion control / sediment fence installation protects the loss of topsoil as well as reduces impacts on the adjacent spaces.

Reusing / Donating to Habitat for Humanity

Saving Money, Tax Savings, &   helping people at the same time.

What are we doing as a company?

Sustainable Business Training and Eco Certification

The Actively Green Program is our effort to establish and put into action company practices, and policies that will support an organizational culture of sustainability and stewardship while working to achieve Actively Green Eco-Certification for our organization.

Shaeffer Hyde Construction has a designated Green Team with two co-chairs and other staff represented from each of the program departments. The Green Team meets monthly, at a minimum, and is responsible for overseeing and coordinating the organization’s sustainability management and initiatives and Sustainability Action Plan.

This Green Team promotes environmentally sustainable operating practices by reducing waste, conserving energy and water, promoting sustainable purchasing practices, and encouraging the use of alternative transportation when possible.

Members distribute information, attend meetings and presentations, and organize projects, events and outreach. The team provides a place for employees to share ideas and accomplish goals.

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Learn more about the Actively Green Program at: walkingmountains.org

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River Clean-up

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Trail Maintenance