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  • 30 year asphalt shingle roof
  • Exterior water management; drainage plan and roof overhangs
  • Elevated stem wall
  • Stucco weep screed; provides moisture break from soil
  • “Moist stop” under sill plate; provides capillary moisture break
  • Double exterior house wrap
  • Flashed door and window openings
  • Acrylic stucco; two step fiber reinforced basecoat / color impregnated topcoat


  • Wirsbo AquaPex water lines
  • Tankless water heaters
  • DELTA faucets throughout
  • Water softener loop
  • Hose bibs; 2 exterior
  • Gerber Ultra Flush water conservation toilets
  • Front and backyard stub out for irrigation


  • Ducts located in conditioned space instead of attic; allows for uninterrupted blanket of insulation in the attic
  • Sized, sealed and insulated ducts; home is extensively tested to prevent leakage
  • 95% efficient multi-position gas furnace (single story)
  • High efficiency refrigerated air conditioning unit (ground mounted) up to 15 SEER
  • Room to Room pressure balanced system
  • Comfort Guaranteed; no more than three degree temperature difference in living (cl)
  • Heating and cooling energy usage guaranteed


  • 2”x6” exterior walls
  • California corners, wall ts and headers: Allows insulation in places previously impossible to access
  • High recycled-content finger joint studs help prevent future bowing of walls
  • Engineered roof trusses
  • 100% Oriented strand board (OSB) exterior sheeting
  • Borate treated lumber for termite prevention


  • Green guard certified blown fiberglass/synthetic insulation
  • Non-cellulose insulation prevents settling and shrinkage
  • Blown-in insulation completely free of gaps, voids, compression or cuts
  • R21 exterior wall insulation
  • R50 ceiling insulation
  • 2” Ridged insulated foundations (R10)


  • Andersen quality energy performance windows
  • Energy Star Rated
  • Engineered with Fibrex
  • Low E glass with argon gas blend
  • Divided light/mullions (per plan)


  • Six panel metal front door
  • Steel insulated garage door with windows for natural light
  • Two architectural exterior elevations (per plan)
  • Exterior light at entry, garage, and rear (per plan)


  • Zero Energy Home Option (0 HERS Index) includes the following:
    • Photovoltaic solar panels
    • Thermal solar hot water
    • 15 SEER Refrigerated air conditioning unit
    • 9.0 HSPF air source heat pump

(40% – 100% more energy efficient than a code built home)


  • Every home approved by United States Green Building Council
  • LEED H Certified
  • Energy Star Certified
  • 2/10 Warranty (Not available in all areas)
  • Home blower door tested to certify air-tightness of home
  • Home HERS scored (Home Energy Rating System)
  • Field verification of HERS Index of 0-57 (minimum 43% more energy efficient than a 2006 IECC code built home)
  • Home qualifies for New Mexico SBTC (Sustainable Building Tax Credit) for the home owner, Palo Duro Homes gives this tax credit back to the purchaser


  • Architecturally designed energy efficient floor plans
  • Floor plans designed for minimal wastes of construction materials
  • Two architectural exterior elevations
  • Exclusive plans for Palo Duro Homes


  • Garages – sheetrocked and taped interiors
  • Deadbolt on entry and all exterior doors
  • Installed automatic garage door opener (one per home)
  • Overhead lighting in bedrooms
  • Telephone pre-wire in all bedrooms and kitchen area
  • Cable television pre-wire in all bedrooms and living room area
  • Soft water loop
  • Gas and electric rough in for dryer at utility room


  • 2×6 construction
  • California corners, wall Ts and headers: Specialized junctions allow continuous, uninterrupted insulation in places previously impossible to access
  • R-50 ceiling / R-21 walls / R-10 foundation insulation
  • Double exterior house wrap
  • Specialized air infiltration prevention package
  • Gas stubs to clothes dryer and range
  • Andersen Fibrex® windows throughout (low E glass)
  • Tankless water heaters
  • Refrigerated air
  • Sealed, insulated ducts within conditioned space
  • Overhead forced-air heating with system efficiency up to 95%


  • Mohawk ceramic tile: entry, kitchen, utility, master bath, additional baths
  • Shaw stain resistant plush decorator carpeting
  • Arched doorways and openings (per plan)
  • Rounded interior drywall corners
  • Generous closets and storage spaces
  • Energy Star Certified CFL lighting fixtures and bulbs
  • Brushed chrome interior door hardware


  • Aristokraft drop panel oak cabinetry w/ concealed hinges
  • Laminate kitchen counter tops
  • Lazy Susan kitchen cabinet (per plan)
  • GE Energy Star Appliance Package:
    • Choice of White or Bisque colors
    • Gas or electric range
    • Energy efficient dishwasher
  • True exhaust outside vented range hood
  • ⅓ HP garbage disposal w/ stainless seel blades
  • Icemaker line for refrigerator
  • Cook’s delight kitchen pantry (per plan)
  • Breakfast bar (per plan)
  • Double stainless steel sink


  • Generous sized linen closets (per plan)
  • Abundant drawer stacks in vanity cabinets
  • Expansive plate glass mirrors
  • Ceramic tile floors
  • DELTA pressure balanced shower control valve
  • Master bath walk-in shower unit (per plan)
  • Tub/shower combination in secondary bath
  • Powder bath in lower level of all two story plans
  • Low consumption toilets (1.6 gallons per flush)


  • Whole house high efficiency air filtration system; fresh air circulates in
  • Pressurized home design; passive radon and soil gas deterrent, keeps odors out
  • Passive radon ventilation system
  • Refrigerated air
  • Sealed, insulated ducts within conditioned space
  • Jumper ducts; fresh, filtered, conditioned air, also while bedroom doors are closed
  • True Exhaust venting in bathroom, kitchen and laundry
  • Low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) materials and paint
  • Air tight construction; caulked sill plate
  • Sealed plumbing and wiring holes, ceiling fixtures, and electrical boxes
  • Continuous air barrier between garage and living area prevents toxic garage gases and particulates from entering living space
  • All homes EPA Indoor Air Quality qualified
  • Mechanical exhaust ventilation system for garage

LEED for Homes

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Enivoronment al Design) is an internationally recognized energy efficient building certification system. LEED effectively achieves energy efficient building objectives through a series of rating systems which markedly improve sustainability and health performance. LEED certification is ensured through third-party verification. Homes which are verified to meet strict LEED specifications are designed to:

  • Ensure lower operating costs through energy efficiency
  • Increase asset value
  • Reduce waste
  • Conserve energy and water
  • Provide superior indoor air quality
  • Ensure a healthier environment
  • Qualify for specialized tax rebates and incentives in many localities

Learn more about LEED certification at http://www.usgbc.org/.

EPA airPLUS Certification

EPA airPLUS are a set of stringent guidelines designed to dramatically improve indoor air quality of Indoor airPLUS qualified homes.

Homes which meet the stringent airPLUS guidelines offer a myriad of advantages. Homes must first meet all of the guidelines under the ENERGY STAR label. The ENERGY STAR label ensures these homes will have a dramatically reduced energy consumption.

Indoor airPLUS certification incorporates over 30 additional design and building features which minimize pollutants, increase comfort, protect against combustion pollutants, and offer protective elements to occupants, such as carbon monoxide detectors in all sleeping areas. These additional measures provide a highly elevated level of health and safety for you and your family, in addition to energy efficiency.

Your home will also feature specialized features to protect against moisture and mold. In addition, every Palo Duro home features a passive radon management system. Your new home will receive a label to certify it has been built to meet or exceed stringent Indoor airPLUS standards, establishing higher value if you decide to sell your home in the future.

Learn more about EPA Indoor airPLUS certification here: http://www.epa.gov/indoorairplus/