Follow the Path to Lower Energy Costs

As a MN Green Path participant, Gonyea Homes can help you make choices that will lower your energy costs, and reduce your environmental footprint. The MN Green Path program is designed for everyone who wants to build a little (or a lot) greener. Gonyea works with you to customize the green features of your home including energy, indoor air quality, water, resource use and siting.


Sustainable building materials

When building a new home, Gonyea uses lumber that is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certified. Certification ensures that the wood comes from responsibly managed forests that provide environmental, social and economic benefits. For optimal structural integrity, we use #2 grade or better studs to ensure straighter wall and ceiling lines.

Because every home is custom-designed and built, you can select cabinets, flooring, paint, and finishes that are low-VOC, local and sustainable. The choice is up to you. Popular selections include responsibly-made Cambria natural stone and Scandia Custom Cabinets.

Energy-Efficient HVAC

The performance of your new home starts with a high-efficiency furnace, humidifier, and programmable thermostat. Larger ducting improves performance and reduces heating and cooling costs.

A sealed sump basket with passive radon mitigation system is standard equipment. No maintenance and no worries about radon in your new home.

Many of our models are built with zoned heating and an air-to-air exchanger, (always an option for custom homes). New homes are built tightly to save energy, but this can have a negative effect on air quality. An air-to-air exchanger (also known as an HRV) brings fresh air into the home, and sends stale air out of the home. This prevents indoor air pollutants such as mold, pet dander, plant pollen, allergens and other compounds from building up in your home.