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MHG and Green Building

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Green and sustainable building uses construction practices and materials that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building’s life-cycle. Building green to MHG means incorporating a number of building practices into our homes, including: energy efficiency, material efficiency, water efficiency, indoor environment quality, and homeowner education.

The green building initiative is driven by a desire to reduce the environmental impact of your home. At the same time, Green homes offer measurable advantages that benefit you, beginning with reduced costs to heat, cool and maintain your home.

At MHG, we focus on building practices and materials that improve the home’s overall energy efficiency and energy conservation, thereby reducing energy costs. The numerous standard features we include in our homes are all part of our commitment to build smart, earth-friendly homes.

  • Low-formaldehyde carpet and carpet pads
  • Low-VOC paints that are virtually non-toxic and odorless with fewer Volatile Organic Compounds than conventional paint
  • Low-formaldehyde insulation and R30 (or higher) blown cellulose attic insulation to conserve energy
  • Water-saving and water efficient bath faucets and shower heads
  • Drought-tolerant, easy-to-maintain landscaping, featuring native plants
  • 410A Refrigerant in HVAC
  • Engineered wood products such as laminated beams, floor joints, and oriented strand board that are manufactured with fast-growing, renewable timber

What Does the Word Quality Mean to Magnolia Homes of Georgia?

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Quality is a term that is frequently used throughout the homebuilding industry and most homebuilders say they focus on quality. How do you know if you are buying a quality home and what does quality mean to MHG? The dictionary defines quality as a degree of excellence, a distinguishing attribute, superiority in kind, an acquired skill. To MHG, quality means building homes that consistently meet your needs for function, sustainability, and longevity. MHG uses checklists at every stage of construction to ensure a uniform construction process, and our subcontractors are held to very exacting standards that we personally oversee. And the last part of our construction process is a Quality Control Inspection by our project managers. Every home must pass that inspection before closing and before the home is ready to present to you.

Price does not determine quality. Attention to details determines quality. Whether you buy a home for $200,000 or $2,000,000, the features of the home will be different, but the quality of construction will be the same. Quality control in construction is a major focus of MHG. By providing a quality product, we are ensuring that we meet or exceed your expectations.

MHG is an ENERGY STAR Partner

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Magnolia Homes of Georgia is proud to offer new homes that have earned the ENERGY STAR label.  ENERGY STAR qualified new homes are substantially more energy efficient than homes built to the minimum code requirements. MHG homes that qualify for the ENERGY STAR label are at least 15% more energy efficient than homes built to the 2004 International Residential Code, and include additional energy-saving features that typically make them 20-30% more efficient than standard homes.  Additional energy efficient standard features of a MHG home are: 

  • Radiant barriers in the attic results in approximately 25-30 degree cooler attic temperatures
  • High energy efficient wood tilting windows, double pane Low-E
  • Programmable thermostats on each floor
  • Dual 13 SEER air conditioning system
  • High-efficiency MERV 8 air filters (4 inch filters)
  • 80% efficient heating system
  • 50 gallon high efficiency hot water heater
  • Mastic sealed ducts to help reduce air leakage and improve the performance of the HVAC system
  • Sealed and caulked corners and all exterior penetrations to prevent air infiltration

At MHG, we focus on materials and building practices that improve the home’s overall energy efficiency and energy conservation, thereby reducing overall energy costs to our homeowners.  ENERGY STAR, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) label you commonly see on energy efficient items in stores, promotes the construction of homes that use energy wisely by their construction and high quality HVAC systems and appliances.

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