The average person in the U.S. uses 80-100 gallons of water each day. By making some adjustments in your home, you can significantly reduce that amount, minimizing your impact on the environment while saving money at the same time. This philosophy drives McDonald to build energy-efficient homes. We are proud to be ENERGY STAR Certified and a Designated MN Green Path Home Builder!
You can feel good choosing a home that is ENERGY STAR-certified. They are built better from the ground up, offering greater comfort and energy savings!
We can use many green processes and products to build your home. It starts with reviewing the home site, solar orientation, and planning for minimal impact on native trees and plants specific to your site. Then, to save energy and improve the overall aesthetic of your home, our designs maximize natural light.
We include a home air exchanger which improves indoor air quality to ensure your family is breathing fresh, healthy air. In addition, we include ENERGY STAR appliances to lower your monthly energy bills.
We can even build your home to be ready for solar panels and an electric car charger!
We also build using locally sourced products like LP Siding and Heat & Glo Fireplaces. And, of course, we prioritize your family’s health by using low VOC products when possible. We use water-saving plumbing fixtures, appliances to improve water efficiency, and an energy-saving water heater. Every McDonald new home is MN Green Path tested.
Home Performance Reports highlight RESNET’s HERS (Home Energy Rating System) index and air exchange rate. Minnesota’s average HERS Index is one of the lowest in the country (#1) among states that energy test more than 1,000 homes.
Minnesota’s Green Path is the leading energy efficiency and green building program for Minnesota residential construction industry. Created by Housing First Minnesota in 2011, the program has provided Home Performance Reports for more than 33,000 newly built homes.
Home Performance Reports highlight RESNET’s HERS (Home Energy Rating System) index and air exchange rate. Minnesota’s average HERS # is one of the lowest (#1) among states that energy test more than 1,000 homes.
Green Path helps homeowners understand the energy efficiency of their homes and gives them the confidence that comes with independent, third-party testing.
McDonald offers the option of building an Advanced Certified Green Path Home. This mid-level green certification means a home has met a minimal energy testing standard plus includes additional green features.
Whether you want to build a custom green home or have energy-efficient renovations done on your existing home, McDonald has the experience you can count on to get the job done right!
The ‘Ever-Green Cottage,’ a 2023 MN Green Path Master Certified All Electric Home, is now complete and ready to set new standards for environmentally-conscious living. Designed by the renowned architectural firm SALA and built by McDonald, this home is a true testament to the potential of green technology and design.
One of the most outstanding features of the ‘Ever-Green Cottage’ is its remarkable Home Energy Rating System (HERS) score of -6. HERS is a nationally recognized system for measuring a home’s energy efficiency, with lower scores signifying better energy performance. Achieving a score of -6 is nothing short of extraordinary, and it clearly demonstrates the commitment to sustainability that went into every aspect of this project.