Young Enterprises Construction

Bernie YoungBernie Young, General Contractor, has been in the energy efficient design and construction business since the early 1980's. He moved to the Yosemite foothillls in 2005 and has studied and experienced the climate ranges and environment. Bernie realizes that many of the construction materials and methods he used in So. California were not suitable for the extreme demands of the mountains and foothillls. He has now incorporated into his business more innovative and sustainable construction materials, systems and methods. Bernie utilizes many avenues of "GOING GREEN"--thereby increasing the energy efficiency of the home.

BUILDING PHILOSOPHY: To build sustainable homes utilizing natural energy sources complemented by man's inventions.


One of the most effective ways to save energy in residential buildings is to build responsively to the outside climate and thereby reduce dependence on mechanical systems. Important considerations include:

  • Careful planning
  • Orientation of the home on the site
  • Design and floor plan layout
  • Window selection, location and treatments
  • Thermal mass--selection of materials for walls and floors
  • Placement of roof overhangs for shading

All of these considerations contribute to a comfortable, ENERGY EFFICIENT HOME.

Active and Passive Building Methods Include:
Insulated Concrete Form

Insulated Concrete Forms
    COMFORT -- ICF walls have a much more even temperature throughout the day and night. They have virtually no "cold spots" and fewer drafts.
    SOLIDITY -- ICF walls provide rigidity, reduce flex in floors, survive high-force winds and have the ability to withstand earthquakes and FIRE DISASTERS.
    QUIETNESS -- ICF walls sharply cut the intrusion of noise from outside.
    ENERGY EFFICIENT -- ICF walls provide superior insulation, air tightness and thermal mass. These features cut the amount of energy needed for heating and cooling by 30-40%. Smaller heating and cooling equipment is needed.
    Active solar heating is most commonly used to provide heating applications using the sun's energy to heat residences and businesses. Thermal solar energy is a very efficient way to use the sun's energy beneficially in our homes. Heat from the sun is collected, stored and used primarily for domestic hot water, space heating, swimming pools and spas. Heating your home and the hot water you use with an active solar energy system can significantly reduce your fuel bills in the winter as well as in the summer. A solar heating system will also reduce the amount of air pollution and greenhouse gases that result from the use of fossil fuels such as propane, oil and natural gas.
  • Active Solar Systems
    Radiant Floor Heating

    Radiant Floor Heating
  • RADIANT FLOOR HEATING -- The number one benefit is comfort. Whereas a forced air system delivers heat which quickly rises to the ceiling, a radiant floor heating system "RADIATES" heat from the floor and delivers the heat evenly throughout the rooms.
    SILENT OPERATION -- No hum or whistle of a forced air system.
    ZONES -- Radiant heating is easy to zone. The system allows for ROOM-BY-ROOM Temperature Control.
    INCONSPICUOUSNESS OF THE SYSTEM -- you don't see vents or hear/feel air blowing.
    ENERGY SAVINGS -- Evenly distributed heat from a radiant floor heating system can allow the thermostat to be set 2-4 degrees less than in a forced air heating system. This can reduce energy costs by 10-40%.
    A HEALTHIER HOME -- Forced air systems can spread dust, pollen and germs. Radiant heat is less likely to dry out your breathing passages and skin.
    EVEN, QUIET WARMTH -- with wood, tile or uncovered concrete floors.
  • GEOTHERMAL -- The Earth is a wonderful source for heating and cooling. The technology relies on the fact that the Earth (beneath the surface) remains at a relatively constant temperature through the year (50-60 degrees). This is warmer than the air above it during the winter and cooler in the summer -- very much like a cave. The geothermal heat pump takes advantage of this by transferring heat stored in the Earth or in ground water into a building during the winter, and transferring it out of the building and back into the ground during the summer. The ground, in other words, acts as a Heat Source in Winter and a Heat Sink in Summer.
  • Geothermal
    Spray Foam Insulation
  • SPRAY FOAM INSULATION -- Spray-in-place polyurethane foam insulation represents a major innovation in energy efficiency and home construction quality.
    WRAPS the interior living space in an envelope of insulation.
    ADDS structural rigidity and sound insulation.
    CONFORMS to odd shaped cavities and holds shape over time.
    EXPANDS and fills unwanted spaces to stop air infiltration.
    INCREASES Energy Efficiency significantly--in some cases up to 60%.
    DOES NOT PROMOTE Mold growth.

    As energy prices continue to rise and environmental concerns remain high on the nation's agenda, savvy homeowners are on the lookout for alternative energy sources. Architects, designers, and builders are implementing "whole building" design strategies to create high-performance buildings from an ecological standpoint. The U.S. Government defines green buildings as those that demonstrate the efficient use of energy, water and essential materials; limit impact on the outdoor environment; and provide a healthier indoor environment. The U.S. Green Building Council has created the LEED Green Building Rating System to define and measure the sustainability of "green buildings."


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    WHAT IF....?

    .....120 billion gallons of water per year would be saved if 1 in 10 households installed water sensible bath fixtures.

    ...100 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year would be saved if 1 in 100 homes installed low-flow faucets; less water would mean less power would be needed to pump water into homes.

    General Contractor License #748032
    Certified in Energy Management Systems
    Phone:  559-658-6210