When you think of the next generation of houses, images like a wide
front porch, sloping metal roof and wood burning stove probably aren’t
the first things that pop into your mind. Well, solar-geothermal
homes from Enviro Custom Homes has a lot more to offer then your typical suburban home.
ENERGY EFFICIENT AND RENEWABLE ENERGY FEATURES:
* Structural insulated panel walls and roof (built like a refrigerator) R27 walls, R34 ceiling.
* Plumbing pipes insulated under slab and in house for constant temperatures every season.
* Passive solar design (free winter heating) with overhangs to keep out summer sun.
* Galvalume roof for maximum sun reflectivity and clean rainwater collection.
* Compact fluorescent bulbs in every ceiling fixture and most other lights
* Marvin double hung wood windows and patio doors—all north, west and east windows and doors are l low-E argon-filled for the highest possible energy efficiency.
* Thermal mass floors under south-facing windows for winter passive solar heat storage.
* Every crack tightly caulked and sealed.
* Geothermal heat pump with instant hot water feature.
* Heat recovery ventilator
with air filters for clean fresh air which retains its interior temperature.
* Extra large wood burning stove: free auxiliary winter heat or cooking.
* Photovoltaic (solar) electric cells with battery back up for power failure insurance.
* Net-metering from utility company allows solar electricity to reduce your monthly utility bills.
* 26% lower homeowner’s insurance rates due to Galvalume roof and stucco/stone exterior
ADDITIONAL RECYCLED/ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY FEATURES:
* Carpet made from 100% recycled plastic soda bottles
* 93% recycled granite kitchen countertops
* Composting disposal in kitchen countertops
* Front porch made from recycled plastic bags and waste wood
* Xeriscaped lawns and gardens
* Rainwater collection tank