Kokinos Builders has a proven record of excellence in the design and construction of commercial and residential projects. No matter the size of your project, the experienced professionals at Kokinos Builders can deliver your project on time and on budget.
Our job is to deliver exceptional structures against fixed budgets in a predetermined time frame using
time tested building techniques and state of the art technology.
We bring physical form to the ideas our clients have envisioned... and we work hard to exceed our customers expectations by bringing together a unique set of skills, resources and expertise to get this done.
For us, it all started with a simple question,
"If there is a better way to build a house, why not do it?"
This meant taking time out from what we had been doing to see if there was a better way to get things done. Here's a brief snapshot of what we found.
Take a look at the two pictures below. Both of these photos were taken with FLIR (Forward Looking Infrared Radar) cameras...that is, cameras used for thermal imaging of objects or in simpler terms, cameras that photograph an objects temperature based on how much heat the object gives off.
In the first picture the camera photographs a typical home...that is, one built from wood using a technique known as conventional or "stick framing". Of note in this photo is the fact that the FLIR camera is actually photographing where one part of the home is loosing heat faster than the other part. The first picture shows a series of dark vertical lines separated by what appears to be thicker, lighter colored bands. What we are seeing is how a typical home looses heat...through the very wood used up to make its skeleton. The white area represent the insulated part of the house.. what most homeowners know as those batts of pink insulation stuffed between the 2x4's. The darker lines represent the wood itself.
Net net, what the picture shows is that regardless of how well a wooden home is built, it loses almost 40% of its heat directly into the surrounding environment through the wood used in its underlying construction...regardless of how well it is insulated. What this means to a homeowner is that regardless of how many Energystar certified appliances or Low E ^2 windows you install into the house, after the walls are up, you are continually fighting against a suboptimal design that is draining energy directly out through the walls due to the inefficiencies inherent in the underlying system used to construct the home. In the end, this means your home costs you a whole lot more to operate.
Here's a color photo of the same house showing how much heat is being lost through the first floor walls and through the underside of the eves as the roof vents the heat out through the rafters.
In stark contrast to the top picture, the second picture shows an entirely different thermal signature. Note how in this second photo the FLIR camera captures a single temperature throughout...in this picture there are no vertical lines because the house does not have differential heat loss through wooden members. What's different about the second home is that it wasn't built using a wood at all. Instead the photo below is of a house built using time tested materials, (concrete and steel) and cast into a system of Extruded Polystyrene (EPS) building blocks knows as Insulated concrete forms (ICF's). Click on the ICF link at the end of the last sentance to get an overview of what ICF's are and how we build with them. You will be Amazed!
Again, notice the continuous color of the wall representing a uniform heat loss throughout the entire structure. (You will note that the bright red wall on the one side of the house shows a warmer temperature, again consistent throughout, as this side faces the late afternoon sun and as such, retained a higher temperature than the side not in direct sun light )These forms, available in any imagineable shape and size and manufactured by an ever widening list of suppliers have been in use for over 50 years and have been field tested in some of the harshest climates on earth.
Building smarter means more than just using ICF walls. Its about understanding how to build a house from start to finish...from foundation to planting... using an entirely different mindset. To this end, we believe our previous careers in High Technology have prepared us to continually innovate unlike the majority of contractors who have been building houses the same way for their entire careers.
Be it state of the art chilling units vs traditional condension units to minimize AC costs, self-draining foundation forms, radiant heating systems vs ground source heating and cooling to maintain optimal internal temperatures, Styrofoam flooring, Spray foam insulation, heat exchangers, IT systems, home automation etc. building a great home means understanding the project as a series of interdependent systems, each working in harmony with the other, each optimized to perform to the best of their design specifications. We believe our job is to present homeowners intelligent timesaving options that minimize both construction costs as well as operational costs...not because they are "new", "sexy" or "cool"... but because it is building innovation at work giving our clients a significantly better home at a greatly reduced overall cost. It about helping our clients get exactly what they want in timely manner each and every time we work with someone.
Part of this process involves us helping our clients understand the difference between the cost to build a structure and the cost to operate this structure. Our willingness to integrate state of the art building techniques and materials into our projects allows us to innovate faster than our competitors and results in our ability to improve against industry standard benchmarks. Our ongoing quest to be the best we can be enables us to expedite our delivery timetable and to help our customers drive down their costs without sacraficing design, quality, or functionality.
Underlying everything we do is our effort to maintain the trust of our clients throughout the entire building cycle.
We know that trust is difficult to earn and easy to lose so we work extremely hard at keeping our clients satisfied. Towards this end, all of our work is focused on maintaining the highest levels of customer satisfaction by
- Delivering against expectations
- Performing against budgets and by
- Getting the job done right the first time.
Thanks for taking a moment to stop by to learn a little bit about who we are and what we do. Please spend some time viewing our project files and let us know if we can answer any questions. If there is anything we can do to help with your project, we would be happy to meet with you face to face at your home or office. Of course, Michael can usually be reached @ 408-858-3586 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope you are having a great day!