Eco-Logical, Jeff Dinkle builds fiscally- and energy-efficient luxury custom homes
Jeff Dinkle believes luxury living and being green are synonymous. The $1.7 million home he’s building in Sandy Springs is one of the most expensive, energy-efficient and eco-friendly homes on the market in Atlanta. He started building high-end homes with a green slant about four years ago, after creating residences in the $300,000s and less price range. That afforded him the luxury, he says, of trying out newer products, such as rainwater harvest systems, tankless water heaters and top-of-the-line HVAC systems.
“I think if you can afford it, you should be setting an example. Why shouldn’t they be the most efficient houses out there?” he asks. His company Eco Custom Homes, boasts clients who include executives the The Home Depot, and CNN, Internet entrepreneurs and attorneys. The home at 4777 Lake Forrest in Sandy Springs features Spider insulation, a formaldehyde-free fiberglass spray product, a 3,500 gallon cisterns for capturing and using rainwater. “Our attitude is we’re trying to educate the upper-end market, saying. “Well, if you have $1,000 power bills you could have $500 power bills.” says Dinkle, who grew up in Atlanta. “It may cost a little more, but still in the long run you’re saving way more energy than a smaller home that may only save $50.”
FISCALLY-AND ENERGY-EFFICIENT PRODUCTS:
1. Compact fluorescent light bulbs, “That’s the best thing anyone can ever think about doing in a house.” Dinkle says.
2. Low-VOC (volatile organic compound) paint.
3. Storm-water detention systems and drought-tolerant native plants.
4. High-efficiency HVAC systems
5. Insulation, whether it’s a spray foam (he recommends Icynene). a blown product such as cellulose (made from recycled newspaper) or Spider, depending on your budget. — Lori Johnston