The eco-friendly homes of the Echo Hills Cottages are collaboratively designed by owners and developers.
Every New Home at Echo Hills is Designed to Meet a High Level of Green Built Certification
All of our homes are built under the direction of Ron Czecholinski, who has more than 40 years of experience building with energy efficient and passive solar design standards.
Standard specifications meet requirements to qualify for North Carolina Green Built Gold and Energy Star certification. High performance energy efficiency is optimized while regionally sourced, recycled, and non-toxic materials are incorporated whenever possible.
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Foundation is R 25 Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs) for finished space. Walls above grade are R 27 Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs)
Exterior Finish consist of:
- Low E windows
- Insulated fiberglass doors
- Stucco siding
- Metal roofing
- Brick, tile, stone, and wood accents
- High efficiency tankless or heat pump water heater
- Water saving toilets and faucets
Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning includes:
- High-efficiency mini-split heat pump
- Heat Recovery Ventilation (HRV)
Insulation is a combination of urethane, EPS, and open cell foam with weatherization detailed for optimum building performance.
Drywall is smooth finish with optional textured ceiling.
Interior Finish includes:
- Wood or composite doors and trim
- Green built cabinets
- No or low VOC finishes
- Stone or tile countertops
- Hardwood, bamboo and tile flooring
- European stainless steel appliances
Solar Orientation ensures that buildings can take full advantage of passive solar energy.
Optional Features for New Homes at Echo Hills
Art Options include:
- Locally crafted doors
- Recycled furniture cabinets
- Creative kitchen features
- Curved walls
- Custom concrete countertops
- Handcrafted concrete or ceramic sinks
- Handcrafted cabinet hardware
- Handcrafted lighting
- Stained glass windows
- Built-in furniture and shelving
- Earth plaster walls
Other Options include:
- Sustainable flooring options
- Sustainable countertop options
- Closet organizers
- Fireplace/wood stove
- Solar energy options
- Insulated window coverings
- Universal design
Landscape Design is based on Permaculture principles and include:
- Water retention throughout the property
- Native, drought-resistant, and edible plants
- Segregated parking area
- Permeable walkway surfaces
- Common park and garden areas
- Organic and natural care
As you can see, eco-friendly building practices and sustainability are the backbone of all that we do when it comes to building out the Echo Hills neighborhood. If you have other green built technologies or permaaculture that you would like to discuss regarding a possible home here, we’d love to discuss it with you.