Heartwood Builders Homes For Healthy Living

Core Building Principals

"Builder of the
American Lung Association's
Health House Model Home
in 2001"


Build Right

At Heartwood Builders, we build to prevent the buildup of molds, dust, volatile organic chemicals, and other pollutants. But a Healthy Home does more than refrain from harming its inhabitants, it makes a positive contribution to everyone’s health. That’s why we constantly refresh your Heartwood Builders home with fresh, clean air, using advanced furnace and air conditioning filtration.

Quite possibly, the greatest asset of Heartwood Builders is the individual and personal commitment from each of the four partners to doing all things right.

Here are two examples of how this conviction is displayed. One - we select upgraded materials (more steel in the foundation footers) and labor processes (better tile shower wall waterproofing requirements) because we feel that those materials and processes are important to building your home the right way. Most customers are unaware of these differences because they can't be seen, but months after they move in are glad we included them! Two - When something isn't built correctly, we want it fixed immediately. The criteria is building it right, not whether the customer is aware of a problem. And because we are on your site managing the construction of your home, we can see issues when they arise, and act to remedy any discrepencies.

What this means to you is that you can be assured that your new home will be built the right way.


Build With Careful Attention To Detail

comfort Our goal with every Healthy Home is to keep your family comfortably cool in the summer, warm and dry in the winter. Achieving this goal in today’s economy of high energy costs begins with high-efficiency heating and air conditioning.

Our commitment to excellence is nowhere more prominently displayed than in the beautiful fit and finish of your new home.

The superior craftsmanship, attention to every detail, and refusal to take shortcuts are the reasons a Heartwood home is breathtaking to behold.

Jim Tanner and Greg Klein, two of Heartwood's principals, have earned a reputation as craftsmen in their trade. They will be the craftsmen working in your home and making it a beautiful home.


Build Healthy And Green


In 2001, one of the Heartwood principals built the American Lung Association's Health House Model Home in Cincinnati. The American Lung Association, alarmed by an epidemic increase in the rates of asthma, and aware of the significant problem of indoor air quality, hired the best architects and building scientists in America to establish new home design criteria for building to 21st century lifestyles. Many of the design and building principles learned from that endeavor are incorporated into every Heartwood home. For asthma or allergy sufferers, why would you want anything other than the cleanest air possible in your new home?

One building criteria of particular note was the principle to "Build Tight, and Ventillate Right".
At Heartwood, for energy efficiency, your new home is constructed and insulated tight. In fact,
virtually all of our homes are Energy Star certified.

But building a home too tightly has unwanted consequences, namely the air inside your home gets trapped, thereby becoming stale and unhealthy. According to the American Lung Association, this trapped air can be 10x more polluted than outdoor air. To remedy this problem, Heartwood continues
to build and insulate as tight as we can, but then uses "air exchangers" to mechanically move the stale and contaminated indoor air to the outside, and then to replace it with clean, fresh, and then filtered outside air, several times a day. The air exchange machines today are so energy efficient that in the winter, for example, most of the energy in the outgoing heated air is transferred to the cool incoming replacement air.




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