Best Energy Efficient House

Best Energy Efficient House

3When you live and work on Whidbey Island, thinking green becomes a natural extension of your life.

That’s why we thought through every detail of The Highlands at Langley to promote energy efficiency and resource conservation.

And we’re delighted that our efforts have been recognized. Among the ten developments featured on the annual Skagit/Island Counties Builders Association home tour in September, we won the award for the Best Energy Efficient House.

The home we showed to visitors on the tour was our Sandpiper, where efficiency begins with a wealth of living space creatively arranged in a compact envelope. A great room, two bedrooms, a den and 1.75 baths are all tucked into 1,416 square feet. There is an attached two-car garage in back and even a covered area to discreetly nest the household recycling bins.

This model earned the Builders Association’s 3-star Built Green® certification—an all-encompassing approach to environmentally respectful homebuilding that begins with sensitive site preparation and ends with interior details such as dual-flush toilets and wood finishes made to last.

In all the homes we’re building at The Highlands at Langley, we’re taking extraordinary measures to ensure energy efficiency. They’re insulated more than the building code requires, with R-49 batts in the ceiling, R-30 in the floor joists, and two inches of closed-cell foam sprayed into the exterior walls. Fiberglass insulated exterior doors provide five times the insulation value of wood doors.

The larger rooms of our homes are heated with the BioSmart® infrared in-wall heating system, which is the most efficient way to convert electrical energy into heat. Smaller rooms use electric wall or toe-kick heaters. Each room has its own programmable thermostat, so no energy is wasted heating rooms you’re not using.


The bathrooms are also smart, using motion sensors to turn on ventilation fans and humidity sensors to turn them off when they’re no longer needed.

The houses are designed to need a minimum of maintenance, which not only conserves materials, but also conserves the one truly non-renewable resource—the homeowners’ time. Exterior siding is HardiePlank™, designed to last a minimum of 50 years. Our prefinished hardwood floors carry a 25-year warranty. Shaw ClearTouch® carpets are made with 25% recycled content and have a lifetime stain resistance warranty.

And if you’re fortunate enough that your life can be focused here on the island, The Highlands is situated to reduce the carbon footprint of your vehicles. The center of Langley, with its grocery, coffeehouses, restaurants, and three bookstores, is a 12-minute walk away.

We’ve done more for the environment at The Highlands not just because it makes good marketing sense (though it does). We’ve done it because we live here on Whidbey Island ourselves, and this beautiful environment inevitably shapes your thinking. It is a place that deserves the best of our care.

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