Betenbough Homes Green Features

In every Betenbough home, there are several features that not only reduce strain on the environment, but also benefit homeowners by reducing energy costs and protecting the health of families. We strive to create a quality, efficient, and healthy atmosphere that is beyond what you would receive with a used home or with another homebuilder.

Betenbough Homes Advanced Framing

Advanced Framing and Engineered Roof Trusses
All roof trusses are built in a controlled factory environment. Next, the advanced framing system is delivered to the homesite and assembled efficiently with wall studs strategically placed 24 inches apart. The 24-inch width creates a larger ratio of insulation to wood, creating a more energy efficient, temperature-controlled environment inside the home.

In addition to the framing system, roof trusses are designed and stamped by a licensed engineer. Prior to building the trusses, precise dimensions are provided to the engineer, who then uses modern design technology to determine each wood cut that should be made. This efficient system not only enables the engineer to construct wood trusses with little to no waste, but it also eliminates human error.

Low-E Windows
Energy Star-certified windows contain an argon gas buffer, which helps control the temperature variance between indoor and outdoor environments. A foam sealer creates a complete air barrier around the windows, reducing heating and cooling loss.

Energy Efficient Lighting
Up to 50% of the fixtures contain compact fluorescent light bulbs, or CFL bulbs. These bulbs last longer, use 75% less energy than traditional bulbs and produce less heat, making them safer and cost efficient.

Low-VOC Paint
Our use of low-VOC [volatile organic compound] paints and adhesives will protect your family’s health and the indoor air quality of your home.

Recycled Materials
The carpet pad is made of recycled furniture cushion stuffing, comparable to the inside of a sofa. Also, the wall insulation contains at least 50% recycled glass. The reuse of products helps reduce your carbon footprint.

Programmable Thermostats
Set heating and cooling preferences for your home based on your personal comfort level with programmable thermostats. This feature contains no mercury and uses less energy, reducing utility bills

Energy Star Appliances
Energy Star-certified appliances use less energy and water than other appliances, which saves money and helps reduce your footprint on the environment.

Food Waste Disposer
Food waste disposers provide a convenient and environmentally friendly alternative to throwing away leftover food.

Eco-Friendly Cabinetry
The kitchen and bathroom cabinets are engineered in a controlled, off-site environment using modern design programming that helps limit construction waste.

Water Conserving Fixtures
We utilize all Kohler water fixtures in the kitchen and bath. Kohler maintains superior design while still considering sustainability. They’ve won the first-ever WaterSense Sustained Excellence Award. Kohler products bear the WaterSense label, meaning they offer significant water savings and meet strict performance standards. In addition, Kohler has boldyly committed to reducing their carbon footprint and achieve a net zero environmental footprint by 2035.


  1. Hi there,

    I want to thank you for this blog. It has been very helpful in answering some of my Betenbough questions. However with that, I have a couple more regarding the distance between the studs. I was wondering if 2×4 or 2×6 studs were used, especially on the exterior of the home? Also I was wondering how thick the drywall is, as I’ve read there have been no issues of waving between 24 in. spacing with 1/2 in. drywall.


    1. Hi Kimberly. We’re so glad you found this blog post helpful. We use 2×4 studs. Our frames are engineered to transfer loads more efficiently from truss to footing, while allowing as much insulation as possible in the wall cavity in order to be more energy efficient. In fact, due to its energy efficient qualities, at the latest International Builder Show, many of the speakers were toting 24″ center studs as “framing of the future”.

      Our drywall is 1/2 in. and we have a pretty intensive inspection checklist that our Builders use to make sure there is no waving in the walls. I hope this answers your questions!


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