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Studies in Porter have shown that solid wood walls store the sun's energy during the day and release it at night, keeping the house warm when the outside temperature cools.

Kingwood State Home Builders
(281) 540-5342
900 Rockmead Drive Suite 151
Kingwood, TX

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2812980400
25700 I-45 North, Suite 101
Spring, TX

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Emypat Construction Group
(713) 493-4086
4115 Tasselwood Ln.
Houston, TX
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Years in Business : 8 Years
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Superior Window Company
2814407200
12623 Duncan Road Suite F
Houston, TX

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Backyard Escapes
(713) 859-3229
2003 Lazy Grove
Kingwood, TX
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713-859-3229
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We build Custom Quality Decks, Pergolas, Decorative Wood Fencing, Gazebos, Outdoor Structures, Vinyl & Iron Fencing, Storage Sheds, Play Houses, Luxury Dog Houses, Ponds, Water Falls, Deck Cleaning, Pressure Washing, Fire Pits, Outdoor Kitchens, Stone Patios, Home Repairs and Much More! 
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2020 Analytical L L C
(281) 399-8335
19325 Highway 1485
New Caney, TX

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APC All-Phase Construction
(281) 216-6547
1926 Fredonia Dr
Houston, TX
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Doors, Powerwashing, Water Supply & Wells, Patios, Walks, Stone Walls, Countertops, Barns Sheds & Outbuildings, Multiple Room Renovation, Drywall and Plaster, Disaster Restoration, Home Builders, Air Conditioning & Cooling, Land Clearing / Bldg Site Prep, Water Heaters & Tanks, Flooring, Decks & Porches, Disability Alterations, Wallpaper & Wallcoverings, Windows, Waterproofing, Electrical, Cabinets, Skylights, Fencing, Sunrooms, Ducts & Vents, Painting, Central Heating System, Garage & Carpor…
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Hours : 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM M,T,W,T,F,S,S
Years in Business : 22 Years
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License # : TX-r4587utv890
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Premier Builder Services
(281) 733-3498
3 Stony Creek Drive
Conroe, TX
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Years in Business : 15 Years
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MCS FINISH CARPENTRY & REMODELING
(281) 907-3359
120 devin
Cleveland, TX
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Years in Business : 25 Years
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A 1 Construction Company
(281) 447-7790
555 Dalewood Dr
Houston, TX
 
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One of the latest trends in homebuilding has been dubbed Environmental Architecture, and one of the companies at the forefront of that movement is Enertia Building Systems, based in Wake Forest, N.C. In a nutshell, Enertia builds energy-efficient kit homes, which include pre-cut solid-wood exterior walls, a girder-and-beam frame system, door and window frames, and heavy timber rafters.

Other components of the customizable timber homes windows and doors, ceilings, floors, partitions, plumbing, wiring and finish materials can be ordered through Enertia or provided by the homeowner.

What's special about Enertia homes, though, is that they are designed to heat and cool themselves using solar and geothermal energy. This is accomplished in two ways first, says Enertia owner Michael Sykes, by scientifically placing the thermal mass of (exterior-wall) logs in the right place.

Studies have shown that solid wood walls store the sun's energy during the day and release it at night, keeping the house warm when the outside temperature cools. Sykes uses southern yellow pine exclusively throughout his Enertia homes because it has a higher resin content than other types of pine, so it can store more energy.

In addition, each Enertia house has a built-in envelope just inside the structure's solid-wood skin. This acts as a heat path during a sunny winter day, circulating warm, solar-heated air from the south side of the home, upward through channels in the roof structure, down the north side of the house and back around to the front.

As the air circulates, it charges the thermal mass, says Sykes. In other words, the heat in the air is soaked up by the timbers, which store the heat and radiate it through the night.

Similarly, in summer, warm air is vented at the top of the home, while cool air is drawn in through low windows on the home's north side and further cooled as it circulates through the basement. This is the geothermal cooling element.

Because the energy is stored in the building skin, walls, floors and ceilings are warm in the winter and cool in the summer, says Sykes. The air path also acts as a run for cable, wiring and plumbing, so the home can be easily updated.

Most Enertia homes have a small, back-up radiant floor heating system fed by a water heater, but these are rarely used, says Sykes. We don't even install them in sunnier climates like Utah and Colorado because they're not necessary.

Because of their design, Enertia homes are disaster-resistant, and there's no need to panic if the power goes out since the homes won't get too cold or too warm. In addition, the homes have long life expectancies.

Certain models of Enertia homes can be assembled in about two weeks, with another month or two required for finishing. The homes are priced from about $54,000 to about $224,000; options such as garages and porches are priced separately. For more information: http://www.enertia.com or 919-341-2544.

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