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What makes a high-performance home?

February 19, 2021

Energy-efficiency is at the heart of everything we do from the materials we use to the appliances we add to your home. It is a part of our name too, McGuinn Hybrid Homes, echoing as a promise to combine the best of traditional home building practices and the latest in technology. Thus providing a smarter, healthier way to live.

Below we will explain more about what makes a high-performance home and why we choose to build them in Columbia, SC.

What is a high-performance home?

ENERGY STAR-certified homes are designed with features that work together to conserve water and energy, and save money. This includes high-efficiency heating and cooling, a water protection system, a complete thermal enclosure system, efficient lighting and appliances, and independent testing. 

These are meant to give homeowners peace of mind knowing that their homes are vetted for quality and value even before they close. 

Why we build high-performance homes

When Wade McGuinn started in the industry more than 30 years ago, he wanted to give homebuyers more than just a home. He wanted to transform the lives of South Carolina families by building communities with an elevated lifestyle.

McGuinn Hybrid Homes builds Energy Efficient certified new homes that meet each of those standards set by ENERGY STAR starting with thermal barrier sheathing that reduces radiant heat transfer through the roof by 97 percent and lowers attic temperatures. High R-value insulation keeps your home cool during summer and warm in the winter. 

Up to 50 percent of your home’s energy goes to heating and cooling so we do everything we do to keep it where it should be with a 14 SEER HVAC system, durable vinyl siding, low-emissivity windows, and ENERGY STAR appliances to keep your home running smoothly through the seasons. McGuinn Hybrid Homes uses gas heat for safe, clean, and affordable energy and low-flow faucets. 

Together, these elements help McGuinn Hybrid Homes’ owners save an average of $100 per month in utility costs and even more in home maintenance. It also increases the resale value of your home with a tankless water heater that has a 20-year life expectancy.

Building your high-performance home

McGuinn Hybrid Homes builds in established communities around the Columbia metropolitan area and also offers Build On Your Lot service. Either way, you can start your home buying process by reviewing available floor plans.

Build On Your Lot projects start at $69 per square foot including everything from excavation to the minute we hand you the keys. This available in the Columbia or Aiken, SC markets.

Whether you are looking at one of our existing homes or planning to build you own, call (803) 917-5583 or Contact Us for more information. 

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