9 Energy-Saving Finds in the Fall Dream Home

The 2017 Fall Dream Home won't just have a pretty face. It'll be energy efficient too.

Fort Worth Magazine’s fall Dream Home — a 5,300-square-foot Hill Country contemporary under construction on Estribo Circle in southwest Fort Worth’s La Cantera luxury development — has a full lineup of energy-saving amenities. The home, being built by Braswell Homes and already sold, will be open for tours beginning Sept. 27.

Jeld-Wen’s Siteline windows and patio doors
Texas Custom Window & Door
The Dream Home’s energy efficiency starts with its windows. Jeld-Wen’s Siteline wood windows and patio doors — provided by our Dream Home vendor Texas Custom Window & Door — meet or exceed 2016 Energy Star 6 requirements. Siteline’s LoE 366 glass blocks infrared rays. In warm weather, the glass reflects the sun’s energy and prevents it from entering the home, Jeld-Wen says. In cold weather, the glass reduces heat lost by reflecting it back inside. “Most of your heat loss [in a home] comes from your windows,” Braswell says.

ZIP System wall sheathing and tape
Red Oak Insulation, BMC
Instead of going with a building wrap used over plywood sheeting in many homes, our Dream Home sports ZIP System sheathing, an engineered wood panel with built-in wrap that reduces air leakage and moisture damage inside the walls. Braswell says he doesn’t use standard wrap in his construction projects; he prefers the ZIP wall.

Extra insulation and thicker walls
Red Oak Insulation, BMC
The Dream Home has full foam encapsulation in the attic and walls, installed by Red Oak Insulation.

High-efficiency HVAC
J&S Air
The Dream Home has a Trane XR17 system with a two-stage outdoor compressor system and a variable-speed indoor furnace. The system also has Trane’s new Wi-Fi-capable controllers that “make sure the systems operate exactly where they are supposed to and also help the owner keep track of the operation with just his phone,” Ken Carpenter, of our Dream Home HVAC vendor, J&S Air, says.
The speed and size of the HVAC system change to accommodate the temperatures needed throughout the day. Mild days require low speeds, while hotter days require high speed and more cooling capacity. The variable-speed indoor motor allows “better humidity control, and it lets the HVAC system wring out more of the moisture in the air, which in turn really makes the temperature feel cooler because it is drier air,” Carpenter says.

Kool Ply roof decking
Texas Tile Roofing
Here, the Dream Home has another bonus. The metal roof, installed by Texas Tile Roofing, includes Kool Ply decking. “As the heat hits the decking, it is refracted into the air,” Braswell says.

LED lighting
Ferguson, Passion Lighting
All of the Dream Home’s light fixtures — the interior and exterior lighting being provided by our vendor Ferguson, and landscape lighting by Passion Lighting — will feature LEDs. “They are 80 percent more efficient than a standard halogen light,” Braswell says. “And the new LED lights have a 25,000-hour life.”

JetStream Outdoor Cooling and Southwest Shade Solutions
The Dream Home’s back veranda outside the master suite has an in-ceiling mister that ionizes water that’s blown in by fan — a de facto exterior cooling system for those hot summer days. “It actually feels like AC,” Braswell says. The veranda also features electronic retractable shades provided by Southwest Shade Solutions that will keep the sun out during the summer and help hold heat from the fire pit during the winter.

Tankless water heaters
ProServe Plumbing
Two tankless water heaters, provided by ProServe Plumbing, mean the Dream Home expends energy heating water only when hot water is being used. “It is an on-demand system, only heating water when it is necessary,” Braswell says.

Direct vent fireplace
Nix Fireplace
Direct vent fireplaces draw combustion air from outside and send the exhaust out through a different vent, eliminating the need for a chimney. The system circulates warm air and keeps the winter’s cold air out.

2017 Fall Dream Home Vendors
Fort Worth Magazine has contracted with these companies for our fall 2017 Dream Home, scheduled to open for tours in September, to benefit a Wish with Wings. 

Appliances: Expressions Home Gallery
Architect: Grand Home Design
Builder: Braswell Custom Homes
Cabinet and Door Hardware: Pierce Fine Hardware & Plumbing
Cabinets, Non-Kitchen:
Chips Custom Cabinets
Carpet and Wood Material and
Installation, Flooring and Backsplash Installation: Vintage Flooring
Concrete Material: Tarrant Concrete
Countertop Fabrication: The Granite Shop
Countertops Material: KLZ Stone
Doors, Exterior Back Great Room Swinging; Windows, Wood; Doors, Exterior Master and Rear:
Texas Custom Window & Door
Doors, Exterior Front: Durango Doors
Doors, Interior and Trim, Lumber and Trusses: BMC
Dry Stack Tile Stone, Fireplace Panel Wall and Staircase Feature Wall Stone: Whiz-Q
Electric Labor: C&B Electric
Exterior Low-Voltage Lighting, Landscape Lighting: Passion Lighting
Fence and Gate, Ornamental, Stair Railing, Interior and Exterior and Ships Ladder: Aaron Iron Works
Fireplace and Firepit: Nix Fireplace
Fireplace Caststone Surrounds/Mantel and Chimney: Advanced Cast Stone
Foundation and Piers, Security Cameras: Ideal Partners
Game Room Box Beams:
Olde World Finishes
Gameroom Custom Furnishings:
Kisabeth Custom Furniture
Garage Doors and Openers:
Open Up Garage Doors
Garage Interior: Garage Living
Gutters: Loveless Gutters
Home Designer and Decorator:
Grandeur Design & Interiors
Home Entertainment and Security System: Universal Systems
HVAC and Wineroom AC: J&S Air
Insulation: Red Oak Insulation
Kitchen Cabinets: The Kitchen Source
Light Fixtures, Plumbing Hardware/Fixtures: Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting
Masonry Materials: Metro Brick and Stone
Master Closet Cabinets: The Container Store
Mattresses: The Original Mattress Factory
Mirror and Glass: Ajax Glass
Paint Labor: J&V Painting
Paint Material: Sherwin-Williams
Patio Cooling: JetStream Outdoor Cooling
Patio Furniture: Yard Art Patio and Fireplace
Plumbing Labor: ProServe Plumbing
Pool and Spa: Claffey Pools
Pool Deck Mondo Grass: WinterGreen Synthetic Grass
Retractable Shades for Patio:
Southwest Shade Solutions
Roofing: Texas Tile Roofing
Sheetrock: Partin Drywall
Stone: Metro Brick
Stone Labor: Masonry Custom Designs
Tile Materials: Interceramic Tile & Stone