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Your guide to MN Greenpath Homes with McDonald Construction.

Building with sustainability in mind.

Living sustainably is no longer just a trend, it’s a responsibility. And when it comes to building your dream home, choosing eco-friendly options is not only good for the planet, but it can also save you money in the long run.

At McDonald Construction, we are dedicated to sustainable practices and are proud holders of both the Energy Star Certified Builder and Designated MN Green Path Builder designations. These certifications demonstrate our commitment to building energy-efficient and environmentally friendly homes. We strive to incorporate features and practices that benefit homeowners and the planet, going beyond mere labels to make a positive impact.

MN Greenpath Homes is a program developed by the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency (MHFA) to promote the construction of sustainable, energy-efficient homes. These homes meet rigorous standards for energy performance, water conservation, material selection, and indoor air quality.

Living sustainably is no longer just a trend, it’s a responsibility. And when it comes to building your dream home, choosing eco-friendly options is not only good for the planet, but it can also save you money in the long run. That’s where MN Greenpath Homes and McDonald Construction come in.

  • Reduced energy costs: Greenpath homes are designed to use less energy, which translates to lower monthly utility bills.
  • Increased comfort: Improved insulation and air sealing create a more comfortable and consistent living environment.
  • Environmental responsibility: You’ll do your part to reduce your carbon footprint and protect the environment.
  • Financial incentives: MN Greenpath Homes qualifies for various financial incentives, including tax credits and grants.
  • High-performance building envelope: This includes features like advanced framing techniques, superior insulation, and air sealing to minimize heat loss and air infiltration.
  • Energy-efficient windows and doors: Look for windows and doors that block heat gain in the summer and heat loss in the winter.
  • High-efficiency heating and cooling systems: Choose systems with advanced technology and inverter-driven compressors for optimal efficiency.
  • Water-saving plumbing fixtures: Low-flow faucets, showers, and toilets can significantly reduce your water usage.
  • Sustainable building materials: McDonald Construction uses recycled and locally sourced materials whenever possible.

In 2022, McDonald Construction proudly stood out among industry leaders, receiving the prestigious MN Green Path Leadership Award. This recognition at the Housing First Minnesota Building Industry Gala (BIG Night) solidified our unwavering commitment to building and remodeling energy-efficient and sustainable homes. 

Nestled amidst the Twin Cities landscape stands a testament to sustainable living – The Ever-Green Cottage. Crafted by McDonald Construction in 2023, this stunning home isn’t just beautiful; it’s a shining example of net-zero living, achieving the coveted MN Green Path Master Certification.

Net-Zero Hero: Forget hefty energy bills. The Ever-Green Cottage generates as much energy as it consumes. Solar panels silently soaking up the sun, powering your entire home, from lights to appliances. This translates to significant cost savings and a carbon footprint lighter than a feather.

Masterful Design: Award-winning architecture by SALA firm complements the sustainable focus. Think sleek lines, expansive windows, and natural materials that blend seamlessly with the environment. But beauty isn’t just skin deep. The home boasts superior insulation, air sealing, and high-performance windows, minimizing energy loss and ensuring year-round comfort.

Green From the Ground Up: Sustainability wasn’t an afterthought; it was woven into the very fabric of the construction. Recycled and locally sourced materials reduced environmental impact, while fly ash concrete and advanced framing techniques boosted energy efficiency. Even the foundation boasts thermal breaks, preventing unwanted heat transfer.

Innovation at Every Turn: From Energy Star® appliances to high-efficiency HVAC systems, The Ever-Green Cottage embraces cutting-edge technology. Imagine a smart home system that learns your habits and optimizes energy use or a natural rainwater harvesting system that waters your garden. It’s the epitome of intelligent living.

A Beacon of Inspiration: The Ever-Green Cottage showcases the immense potential of sustainable living, proving that eco-friendliness doesn’t have to mean sacrificing comfort or style. It inspires us to make conscious choices, embrace innovation, and tread lightly on our planet.