Of all the smart reasons for choosing a home at Glassbury Court in Cold Spring, the smartest reason of all is clearly the home itself. Because here, a home not only provides a level of quality, comfort and style you’ll appreciate every time you step through your front door, but also the assurance of energy efficiency you’ll see reflected in the significant savings on your utility bills.
Smarter, more luxurious and energy efficient homes are the trademark of Wilder-Balter Partners, the developer and builder of Glassbury Court and other communities in the Hudson Valley. While many other builders have talked the talk about efficiency and responsible design and building over the years, WBP has walked the walk with a decision made three years ago to design and build nothing but greener, healthier and more efficient homes. And proven it time and again with the independently verified Energy Star ratings and LEED quality certifications that each of their homes attain.
Energy Star was established in 1996 as a joint program of the EPA and the US Department of Energy. And ever since, we’ve all become familiar with Energy Star rating stickers on refrigerators, air conditioners and other products. But for an entire home to qualify for an Energy Star rating, it must meet or exceed several codes and standards for true energy efficiency and savings.
An Energy Star home must be built with higher grade lumber, and contain higher efficiency heating, air conditioning, lighting and appliances. It must also include more efficient insulation, windows and doors, and the additional sealing of all joints and seams. Above all, everything must meet or exceed critical efficiency inspections at various stages of construction, and be approved by an independent third party inspector.
The same holds true for LEED certification. LEED, an acronym for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, was developed 12 years ago by the US Green Building Council. To qualify for LEED, builders must pass also additional third-party inspections for aspects that include non-erosive site development, green building materials and construction, water-saving plumbing, fixtures and fittings, indoor environmental quality and more.
Wilder-Balter’s strict adherence to green building standards are key to the efficiency, quality and value that a home in Glassbury Court represents. Tony Lisanti, the Director of Energy Sales and Service, and Certified Home Energy Rater at Robison Energy LLC in Westchester, has conducted Energy Star inspections on nearly 300 homes in Westchester, Putnam and Rockland over the last nine years. A list that includes the homes here at Glassbury Court.
“A house has a lot of moving pieces,” Lisanti says. “They don’t move when you’re putting it together, but there’s a lot of materials and a lot of workmanship that goes into a home. And inspectors need to be present at certain check points to make sure that things are being done properly.”
Insulation is a good case in point. As every house is framed, an inspector makes sure that it’s everywhere where it’s supposed to be; in the walls, ceilings, floors and foundation, and that it’s properly installed to meet standards. A lot of builders use rolls or batts of Fiberglas insulation. But if that’s not installed and positioned correctly it can cause lasting damage to the house. And waste an awful lot of money.
Wilder-Balter prefers installing high-efficiency spray foam insulation in their homes, not only because foam avoids the potential problems associated with Fiberglas, but also because it provides better, more reliable resistance to loss of heat and air conditioning. This high-quality insulation is one of the costlier elements of energy efficient construction, Lisanti explains, but also one of the single most essential in keeping energy costs down.
Also during inspections, the physical aspects of the home, such as the boiler, air conditioning, windows, floors, overhangs, attics, etc., are entered into a laptop modeling program and directly compared with a reference home (an exact computer replica modeled to conform completely to international energy codes). The comparative results show whether or not the home meets not only the model’s codes and standards, but Energy Star requirements as well. At the same time, the results also show anticipated reductions in carbon emissions and sulfur dioxide, and the amount of money and energy the house is saving. And if doesn’t meet standards? Lisanti says that recommendations for changes are made and the builder’s plans are adjusted accordingly.
After construction is completed, and everything from ducts to doors, boilers to windows, insulation to vents, and lighting to appliances has been inspected and verified, the home is ready for the moment of truth: the blower door test. With all windows and doors fully closed, a blower door flow meter is put in place to draw the air out of every nook and cranny in the house and measure how leaky, or not, the home is.
Based on the volume of air drawn through the meter, the number of air changes per hour is measured to gauge the actual “tightness” of the house. Five changes per hour is a considered a tight house. Houses here at Glassbury, Lisanti says, change air between three and four times. He also uses an infrared camera to check walls and ceilings for hot or cold spots, and ensure the insulation’s efficiency. But while a tight, well-sealed and insulated home can definitely reduce energy consumption and costs, it also requires regularly timed interior ventilation—also an Energy Star requirement—to provide healthy air flow throughout the house.
Not all builders are as willing as Wilder-Balter to commit to the higher standards that greener, more efficient home design and building requires. Or to the added time and expenditure that higher quality materials, Energy Star compliance and LEED certification entail. But that’s what sets a home at Glassbury Court in Cold Spring apart from other homes, and other plus-55 communities. And why the quality, comfort, efficiency and savings of a Wilder-Balter home are well worth seeing for yourself.
The year 2012 ended on a positive note at Glassbury Court at Cold Spring. Thirty percent of their phase II homes have sold since the acceptance of the Offering Plan in late October. They expect the first home in this final phase to close in April of this year. Their success is attributed to buyers who have been waiting for specific home-site locations, combined with the fact that after several years of uncertainty in the real estate market, existing re-sale properties are now selling. There is a pent up desire to own a new home at Glassbury Court.
With the introduction of two new ranch plans, buyers now have six elegant home styles to choose from. There is a floor plan to fit every lifestyle and every need. Starting at $389,900, purchasers can move into a well-designed two bedroom, two bathroom home with fully appointed gourmet kitchens, which include granite countertops and stainless appliances, formal dining room and two car garage. Other models are available from the mid $400,000 and up.
The first level of the two-story Desmond and Garrison models affords the luxury and convenience of a first floor master bedroom suite. The second level, with its spacious guest bedroom and full bath, offer privacy to visiting friends and family or the adult child still living at home. A bright and open loft overlooking the great room provides additional space that is flexible and can be utilized to meet the wishes of the homeowner. Both two story homes boast a large storage room, convenient for all the things that seem to accumulate over time.
Sales Director at Glassbury Court, Donna Blais, states “Low maintenance, quality construction and well designed communities are what our buyers are interested in. Our LEED ® and ENERGY STAR ® certified homes reduce the utility usage and increase the comfort of the homes by using superior building products.” She adds, “Bill Balter, President of Wilder Balter Partners, has always been on the cutting edge by offering the newest trends in his new home designs. He is quick to respond to the needs and desires of the purchaser interested in a new lifestyle community.”
Another aspect of living at Glassbury Court at Cold Spring is the opportunity to have a more social lifestyle. The well appointed 5100 sf. clubhouse is a gathering place for parties, events and club meetings all year round. During the warmer months, the residents enjoy the outdoor heated pool, putting green and tennis court. The great room with its majestic floor to ceiling stone fireplace, the billiards room with bar, and the 22 seat movie theatre offer a wide range of reasons and opportunity to meet and have fun. Staying in shape is easy in the fitness center and yoga/aerobics studio. The Glassbury Court community is adjacent to a forty acre neighborhood park and is surrounded by trees and mountain vistas. Stroll along the walking trails, workout using the outdoor exercise stations, fish in the lake, or just play with your dog in the “dog park.” Relax and commune with nature in the beautiful gazebo which overlooks the seven acre picturesque lake. It is common to see neighbors walking, jogging, cycling and taking full advantage of the opportunity for physical activity that helps them stay healthy and active.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and recent Blizzard Nemo, more 55+ homeowners in the NY Metro area have begun to consider moving to a more carefree environment without maintenance responsibilities. In a maintenance free community like Glassbury Court, shoveling snow, cutting grass, raking leaves and weeding become faded, distant memories. All exterior upkeep is taken care of, which will also give peace of mind to those snowbirds that travel south for the winter months.
Although you are living in a picturesque setting, you have everything you need within a short distance. Fine restaurants, shopping, cultural events, recreation and houses of worship are within a few miles. A choice of well respected hospitals and medical facilities are close by and convenient. A trip into New York City is an enjoyable and relaxing train ride from the Cold Spring station along the majestic Hudson River on the Metro North Hudson Division Railroad.
Wilder Balter Partners, the builders of Glassbury Court at Cold Spring, want to provide you with the home of your dreams and offer the opportunity of a lifestyle of relaxed and enjoyable living.
With the Winter quickly fading away, we here at Glassbury Court look forward to the color and beauty that comes with Spring at our lovely community. Our talented landscapers have planted many beautiful trees and shrubs that have had a chance to mature and flourish, accenting the homes, and creating a picturesque setting for each homeowner. Homeowners add to the display with colorful shrubs and flowers in their own planting beds.
The gardening club is getting ready to apply their expertise to their own homes, and help their neighbors and friends to create their own colorful gardens.
Brisk Home Sales
Since Glassbury Court opened phase 2 last October sales have been brisk. Approximately one third of the homes in this phase have already been sold. Our newest ranch style homes, the Birch and Chestnut, have been well received. These homes satisfy the needs of buyers who are looking for a smaller home and one level living, but do not want to give up luxury amenities or an open floor plan.
At this time we are able to accommodate buyers who need a home within a few months or need to have a later closing date.
Great Time to Visit
With the weather turning milder and Spring on its way, now is the time to pay us a visit and choose the home site and model that fits your needs. Waiting too long could mean a missed opportunity.
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We still have several great home site locations available and Phase II of our wonderful community has just begun. Call (845) 265-9600 now to make an appointment with a Sales Advisor
We’ll long remember images of the damage, floods and prolonged power outages caused by Hurricane Sandy in many towns in the Hudson Valley, including parts of Cold Spring NY. But for residents here at Glassbury Court, the lights stayed on throughout the storm, the homes stayed warm and dry, and the entire Glassbury community was fully prepared to handle any flooding.
It wasn’t by chance or accident that the power never wavered here while so many homes and communities in the Northeast were left submerged and in the dark for days on end. It was infrastructure — and the foresight of smart planning and engineering — that Griffon Associates, the construction management subsidiary of Wilder Balter Partners, began putting in place well before the first home was ever built.
Perhaps the most forward-looking aspect of this infrastructure, as it pertains to the power losses brought about by Hurricane Sandy, is the underground utilities that prevented the outages that plagued so many other areas. Many communities — especially older ones — still rely on what is essentially a 19th-century power delivery system: miles of horizontal wires strung between miles of vertical poles. With the underground utilities at Glassbury Court, power and power delivery are completely shielded from damage disruptions caused by falling trees, wind destruction and other events.
Another aspect of Glassbury’s infrastructure is a well-designed system of flood control that captures and channels storm water away from homes, and helps beautify Glassbury Court in the process. During the floods of Hurricane Irene in 2011, this system successfully prevented the kind of damage that ravaged so many nearby towns and neighboring states.
As Mike Scribona, Chief Operating Officer of Griffon, explains it, the scenic valley in which Glassbury Court is located is a part of the New York Watershed. As such, any systems within this area are built to withstand the effects of a hundred year storm. “Storm water here at Glassbury,” Scribona says, “has always followed the area’s natural contours and pitch to drain into Clove Creek that runs behind the community. As a result, flooding, contrary to what some people think when they first visit here, has never been a problem.”
But by putting technology and gravity to Glassbury’s advantage, the pipe and drain systems here were placed and pitched from 4 to 10 feet below ground to guide water in the same direction as the basin’s natural drainage paths, with some strategically placed “stops” along the way to utilize storm water runoff in some very inventive ways.
Here’s how: The storm water that accumulates from the roads, drains, gutters, lawns and other points throughout Glassbury Court is quickly captured and carried through a coordinated network of drains and drainage systems into the central storm water pond. The pond, which was once an excavation site for a rock quarry, serves as a centerpiece of the community as a landscaped water feature. Beneath the stone bridge that crosses the pond at one end is a culvert. And when water in the pond reaches a certain level, the excess flows naturally over the culvert and into Clove Creek. The water flow to the central pond during Hurricane Irene was fast and furious. As water flow would also have been had rainfall amounts from Sandy lived up to some predictions. But as a well-planned water-control device, the storm water pond worked perfectly. And all the excess ran in a controlled, systematic way into the creek where it was channeled safely away.
There are also other equally imaginative water-control devices located around Glassbury. A series of aesthetically pleasing, highly functional rain gardens are strategically placed in residents’ yards and in common areas. These gardens are easily identified as small decorative planting areas of trees, shrubs and flowers.
Fed by rainwater and snow melt from gutters and leaders on homes and other buildings, water is directed to these gardens where it then collects to nourish the trees. And when water reaches a certain level there, it also enters a system of grass swales and pipes that carry it into the big pond. “In all,” says Scribona, “it’s a great way to gather storm water runoff and actually put it to good use.”
Just how long will this system of underground power utilities and water control systems last? Because it’s protected from the elements and constructed with materials that will not corrode, Mike Scribona believes that Glassbury’s infrastructure can endure the fury of Irene, Sandy or any other hundred-year storm to come. And that these systems will still be in place and working every bit as efficiently a hundred years from now . . . and probably a whole lot longer.
To find out more about the benefits and beauty—both inside and out—of Glassbury Court, go to www.glassburycourt.com, or call 845 265-9600. Glassbury Court is the Hudson Valley’s premiere choice for luxury-appointed, Energy Star® and LEED® certified homes designed and built for active adults 55 and better. Priced in the low $400s.
Sales office open daily 10 am to 5 pm, except Wednesday and Thursday. Glassbury Court is located at 3370 Albany Post Road (Route 9), in Cold Spring, New York 10516.
We have a few Quick Delivery Homes at Glassbury Court in Cold Spring NY. What is a Quick delivery home?
A quick delivery home is one that you can immediately move into within one to three months that are near completion, but still offer a buyer the ability to customize home features and finishes such as flooring, wall colors and railings.
This type of home is usually of the highest quality with a relatively affordable price, allowing a buyer to own a great property with numerous features built to their requirements.
Call now to discuss what’s available right now at Glassbury Court, Putnam county’s Active Adult 55 plus community in Cold Spring NY!