Rethinking what a home should be.
Zero Energy Ready
Achieving zero energy usage is easy when you start design with building science. Our building envelopes (roof, walls, windows, doors, beneath slabs) are designed to work with your specific climate zone. Our homes in Kentucky differ from our homes in Texas as should their envelope to work with the higher heating demand in KY and higher cooling demand in TX. Climate specific design allows our homes to require 80-90% less energy to operate and be a Zero Energy Ready Home per the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings initiatives.
With solar panels, you can have an energy bill at the end of the year that averages out at $0/mo. If your home operates 80-90% more efficient than current building code requirements, it takes a small solar array to produce the same amount of energy you essentially use at night to offset your use from the power grid.
Water is a precious resource.
In a typical developed community today, water is treated as a free commodity; its source, distribution and removal are equally unknown. It is not unusual in developed parts of the world for water to travel several hundred or even thousands of miles from source, to use, to treatment and then return to natural systems. The results are high costs, and the separation of us as humans from our local, natural systems. Our approach is to treat water found on site as an asset rather than as a problem, and emulate a natural closed loop system that incorporates water as the thing of beauty and purpose that it is.
Collect all the rain that hits the roofs of our homes and store it on site. In some areas of our country we can use this water to flush toilets and irrigate lawns and gardens. With the proper filtration system you can drink that same water.
Stay tuned throughout the build process and watch our diligent approach to:
- Performance Doors & Windows
- Climate Zone Building Science
- Spray Foam Insulation
- Blown in Cellulose Insulation
- Local materials and equipment
- Materials with recycled content
- LED lighting
- real time energy monitoring
- domestic water filtration
- low flow fixtures
- instant hot water
- geothermal heating and cooling
- battery storage
- Electric Vehicle charger
- passive cooling
- edible gardens