Category Archives: Tools and Resources

High Performance at Zero Cost

When evaluating systems to incorporate into your green home, it is easy to get caught up in direct cost comparisons of similar products.  For instance, it is easy to compare the costs of an 80% and 90% efficient gas furnace.  There are up-front costs, and then there are operating costs.  Even though the 90% furnace will undoubtedly cost less in the long run, the extra up-front costs can often be disillusioning.

A holistic look at the home as a system can help a builder bear those costs in the budget by reducing costs with additional strategies.  Here’s a quick-fire way to actually reduce construction costs while simultaneously improving the energy efficiency of a home: Continue reading


Location Selection Tools

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As the old adage suggests, location is everything.  Resources available in the neighborhood of your home will determine how efficient the lifestyle of the homeowners can be, before you even get to pouring your foundations.  In my opinion, considering the … Continue reading

Sourcing Materials – Sustainable Selection Criteria

There are several deciding factors that each builder uses when sourcing materials and products for use in the homes they build.  Traditionally, these have been elements such as price, suitability, quality, and availability.  The order of importance in ranking these elements is somewhat decided by us individually, influenced by external forces such as budget and client expectations.

With our sustainable construction goals, we can add additional criteria to the list above, and simply rank products as they best fit.  This is the beginning of life-cycle analysis, which we discuss in more detail in a later article – for now, however, we are just interested in outlining the basic criteria we can quickly use

Glass and Steel Construction

to determine suitable products to use.  There are three main elements of consideration noted in national certification programs such as LEEDÒ for HomesÔ or the NAHB Green Building ProgramÔ. Products that feature one or more of these elements are considered ‘Environmentally Preferred Products’.

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iPhone Webapp Launched

Do you own an iPhone, or iPod Touch? If so, then you can access our mobile Plan Search Application formatted specially for your device.

If you’re a homeowner looking for your perfect home, you can browse photos, floorplans, and more while on the go and show your builder what you like anywhere, anytime. On the otherhand, if you’re a builder, what better tool to have in your pocket than our entire plan collection? Show clients what options they have available, find the perfect plan for the lot you’re standing on, and even order the plans right from your phone!

We’re sure this application will be the most useful tool in your arsenal of services we offer. Give it a try – visit from your mobile device, and enjoy!

Please note that viewing this speacially formatted Plan Search Application from your standard PC Browser may not work as intended.

Builder Partnership Program

We have developed a unique way to give back to you, our loyal customers! The Mascord Partnership Program is designed for those high volume builders who desire personalized assistance every step of the way. Not only will you receive the Mascord Collection Binder and volume based rewards on all of your plan purchases, but you’ll receive free marketing materials which include digital images and flyers and much more!

For more information on the Mascord Partnership Program, click HERE.