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Green Zone

In keeping with Catholic social teaching, to respect and care for the Earth, CCHS continues to be at the forefront of incorporating “green” concepts in building its projects.

There are many ways to build green and CCHS continues to refine its construction methodologies to improve project buildings through increased energy efficiency, longer material life cycles, prudent water management and improved indoor air quality.

CCHS buildings exceed the International Building Code (IBC) and the Washington State Evergreen Sustainable Development Standard (ESDS).

Current specifications now include:

  • Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) for exterior walls. SIPs provide superior strength, thermal energy efficiency and sound deadening when compared to standard frame construction.
  • Heeled Trusses allow extra roof insulation: R-50+.
  • All building concrete slabs are insulated.
  • Radon handling systems eliminate exposure to this carcinogen.
  • Super Low E glass – U.28 – addresses one of the most common avenues of heat loss.
  • Cementatious Siding has a life of 50+ years.
  • 50 year Roof Shingles.
  • Compact Fluorescent Lighting saves 70% on lighting electricity consumption.
  • Exterior lighting has electric eye activators so lights only come on when appropriate.
  • Energy Star® Appliances reduce energy usage.
  • Low Flow plumbing fixtures reduce water usage.
  • Centralized laundry facilities using Energy Star® appliances reduce both energy and water consumption.
  • Heat Recovery Systems (HRS) re-use energy.
  • Hard surface flooring improves air quality and extends the performance life of the product.
  • Automated underground sprinklers and drip irrigation reduce outside water consumption.
  • Fire Sprinklers improve building safety and help minimize damage in the event of a fire.
  • All units are wheel chair accessible and extensive circulation sidewalks encourage local pedestrian travel.
  • Zonal heating and air conditioning minimizes energy consumption in unused areas.
  • Electric hand dryers in community spaces eliminate paper waste for a net energy savings and improve sanitation.
  • Solar panels (on our latest project) will generate a considerable portion of the power required by projects.

CCHS will continue to search for additional ways to build smarter, greener, and better affordable housing.

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5301 Tieton Drive, Suite G
Yakima, WA 98908-3479
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