Dorn’s Green Homes in Arizona


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Green home building in a place like Arizona is advantageous for both the homeowners and the environment. The abundance of sun and nature in Arizona has inspired green home builders like Dorn Homes to create stylish, comfortable, convenient and energy efficient homes that would make any homeowner happy.

Contrary to misconceptions, Arizona is not just dust and dirt. Its scenery is both breathtaking and awe-inspiring. Panoramic desert landscapes, clear rivers and majestic mountains abound, offering residents unique experiences, adventures, and stunning sights.

In order to help preserve the stunning environment, green home building is implemented by the best custom home builder in Arizona—Dorn Homes. Dorn’s new Arizona homes are 53-70% more energy efficient than a typical pre-existing home.

Dorn Homes is proud to say that as a great luxury home builder, it scores between 48 to 61 on the Home Energy Rating System or HERS. HERS is a scoring system by the Residential Energy Services Network to measure a home’s energy efficiency and determine if it meets Energy Star guidelines. The lower the HERS index, the more energy efficient the home is. An older pre-existing home averages with a HERS score of 130.

Dorn’s green homes are energy efficient because of these features:

  • Natural insulation – A Dorn home has a sealed envelope that reduces heating and cooling costs. This insulation extends up to the roof deck, allowing the ductwork to be inside the heated and cooled space.
  • Solar hot water system – This includes an 80 gallon hot water heater, with a closed loop system and a 95% efficient electric backup to ensure a consistent stream of fresh hot water. Water conserving toilets, faucets, and shower heads are included. PEX plumbing waterlines that reduce the amount of heat loss from water in the piping are also used.
  • Fresh air intake and full home ventilation system – This creates an environment with healthy fresh air, less dust, fewer odors, and remarkably comfortable and consistent temperatures.
  • Special oversized windows – These are incorporated not just for a better view of the scenic surroundings of Arizona, but also to allow light to come in minus the ultraviolet rays. High performance windows help reduce energy loss by 30-50% by helping keep the home cooler during summer and warmer during winter. They also reduce noise transfer.
  • SEER AC units and programmable thermostats – These reduce energy by adjusting the temperature according to a series of programmed settings that take effect at different times of the day.
  • Highly efficient appliances – Compact fluorescent light bulbs and Energy Star dishwasher are included to create truly green homes from Dorn Homes.

Jobs and Training for Unemployed at Prescott Community Café

Chino Valley High School student Rebecca Eltringham, 17, and Chef Bryan Nowicki prep for a catering event later in the day Friday afternoon at Open Door in Prescott. Nowicki is working with several charitable organizations to open a Community Cafe Training Center in downtown Prescott.

Prescott AZ – Thanks to Chef Bryan Nowicki and a group of local charitable organizations, out-of-work individuals can have temporary jobs and a place to learn useful skills at the “Community Cafe.” Nowicki currently serves as executive chef and director of the food program at the Open Door in Prescott.

Nowicki believes it might lead to a number of good things in the community. Not only would the previously unemployed be able to find jobs of their own, but they also would add to a pool of culinary employees for other restaurants in town.

Jean Littlehale, senior program director for Catholic Charities, agrees with Nowicki. She believes that the Community Café could lead to lots of benefits. She points out that people who have long been unemployed often have “life skill” problems that keep them from keeping a steady job. In addition to teaching the necessary culinary skills, the Community Café would work on those life issues, Littlehale said.

For instance, she said: “How do you problem-solve without losing your job?” The training will delve into issues such as what employees should do if they encounter car trouble or if their babysitter quits suddenly.

“It may seem slight, but it is those slight things that make a difference between having a job or not having a job,” Littlehale said. “We asked, ‘what would make a difference in our town?'” Littlehale said. “Everyone said what we really need are jobs.”

That led to the idea for the Community Café. Along with Catholic Charities and Nowicki, also on board are Sacred Heart Catholic Parish, the Arizona Women’s Education and Employment (AWEE), and the Coalition for Compassion and Justice.

Nowicki, or known simply as Chef Bryan in the community, already provides a version of the training at Open Door. He explained that he brings on volunteers who are out of work for a variety of reasons. The volunteers help with the cooking for the free meals that Open Door serves four times a week at its West Gurley Street location, along with the catering that Nowicki does through his Chef Bryan catering.

“Guys were coming through, and they were out of jobs,” Nowicki explained Friday as he prepared the food for a catered party later that night. He mentors them, and helps them find permanent jobs elsewhere.

The project is a good example of the efforts that the active and helpful community in Prescott exerts. It is this sense of community that attracts many homeowners who are in search of a good Arizona community. If you are still looking for that place you’ll call home, contact Dorn Homes, the number one custom home builder in Arizona. Dorn-built new Arizona homes are comfortable, convenient, energy efficient, and are situated in homey Prescott communities.