High Performance Home Projects

Arizona

Colorado

Nevada

  • Beazer Homes, national developer with 100% ENERGY STAR commitment in Las Vegas
  • KB Homes, Las Vegas homebuilder of 100% ENERGY STAR homes
  • Pulte Homes, builds ENERGY STAR homes in the valley
  • Shea Homes, builds 100% ENERGY STAR and option for SheaXero

New Mexico

Utah

  • Daybreak, master-planned, energy-efficient community in South Jordan.
  • Garbett Homes, Salt Lake City area homebuilder of solar energy-efficient homes.

California


Arizona

Armory Park Del Sol is a zero-energy community located near the historic downtown area of Tucson. Developed by John Wesley Miller Companies, nearly 90 homes incorporate thermal mass solid concrete block walls, energy-saving appliances and mechanical equipment, high-performance windows, and solar water heating systems. The standard construction methods in Armory Park del Sol already exceed the Model Energy Code by 50%.

In 2014, John Wesley Miller Companies received the Lifetime Contribution to Residential Energy Efficiency from Tucson Electric Power’s BrightEE Award. Miller, a national leader in energy conservation and green building practices, has received numerous industry honors and awards for energy conservation and building quality. For more information, click here.

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Civano, a community of 2,600 planned homes in southeast Tucson, adopted the 1998 Sustainable Energy Standard (SES) and updated the code in 2005 for the design and construction of all buildings. The SES identifies beneficial use of solar energy and a maximum use for hot water, cooling, and heating energy as 50% of the local standard as paramount to attaining a high performance level of energy use.

In the 2011 Energy and Water Use in Tucson report, Civano analyzed the energy performance of buildings and homes in meeting codes. Results showed that homes built to the SES are performing better by reducing the heating and cooling consumption by 59% and overall energy consumption by 44% when compared to home built before these codes were adopted. Newer homes are built in Civano by PepperViner Homes. 

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Mandalay Homes, a Phoenix-based homebuilder, built their first energy efficient home in 2013 to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home program.  Since that time they have certified over 20 homes and plan to certify 50 more in an additional six developments in Arizona. In addition to the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home certification each home will have a HERS score of 50 or less.

Mandalay is building 100 homes in a Prescott development, Pronghorn Ranch Development, ranging from 1,700 to 3,000 ft@ and prices up to $315,000.  All home will be DOE Zero Energy Ready, ENERGY STAR, Indoor airPlus and WaterSense.

For more information, click here.

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Meritage Homes, is a national homebuilder with corporate offices in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Meritage Homes was the first national builder to make every home built 100% ENERGY STAR® certified. They exceed the minimum ENERGY STAR® requirements with an array of cost effective features, from spray-foam insulation and energy-efficient windows that cut heating and cooling costs by as much as 50%, to ENERGY STAR® appliances that use up to 50% less energy and water. They consistently build homes that achieve HERS scores in the low 60’s and 50’s. In 2010 Meritage and introduced the first cost-effective NET ZERO home by a national builder.  Each new housing development includes an education center for prospective buyers that show the differences included in a Meritage Home versus typical construction.

Meritage Homes has received numerous builder awards over the years and was recently awarded the EPA ENERGY STAR 2014 Partner of the Year for Sustained Excellence Award for the second year in a row.

For more information, visit the Meritage Homes website

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La Mirada Homes, is a local custom homebuilder located in Tucson, AZ. La Mirada Homes who built the SEED Home (Super Energy Efficiency Design) in an in-fill lot in Tucson, Arizona in 2012. The project was led by owner Michael Ginsburg who desired to build a simple yet cost effective near zero energy house.  Mr. Ginsburg’s moto was Keep It Simple which led to the use of SIP panels, and simple proven equipment and materials.  Other than the Hydronic Heat Pump Reverse Cycle Chiller that heats and cools the slab foundation for occupant comfort, the products and materials are used in the residential and commercial construction industry nationwide.  The house also includes a greywater and filtration system for landscape use.

To learn more about the SEED Home visit their website at http://www.theseedhome.com/index.htm

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Vali Homes, is a local Phoenix area homebuilder who constructions 100% net zero energy homes for the other 20% (their claim).  Vali builds with traditional construction practices from the Phoenix valley, but include flat roofs that support better orientation of the PV panels. Vali homes also include polished concrete floor (no need for carpeting), optimal orientation of the house to reduce solar gain during summer months, innovative steel siding requiring minimal maintenance, ENERGY STAR appliances and a greywater system.  In 2014 Vali Homes received the prestigious Residential Architect Design Awards for their net zero energy designs.

More information on Vali Homes can be obtained from http://www.valihomes.com.

 

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Colorado

New Town Builders, constructed their first very energy efficient home to the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home guidelines in 2013.  They have been gradually moving toward full certification of all homes since that time.  When New Town started building homes to this new standard they only included 2.75kW solar electric systems.  In phase two of their transition they included 5kW systems.  New Town now can install a 9.5kW solar electric system on their homes.  New Town claims the additional cost to build this way adds $145 to the new homebuyers monthly mortgage cost but saves the homeowner over $250 per month in utility bills.

In 2013 and 2014 New Town Builders won the U.S. Department of Energy’s Housing Innovation Award in the Sustainable Production Builder category for their construction of net zero energy homes.  Also in 2014 New Town builders received the Zero Energy Ready Home Grand Award at the Energy and Environmental Building Alliance’s (EEBA) annual Excellence in Building Conference and Expo in St. Louis.

To learn more about New Town Builders visit http://www.newtownbuilders.com.

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The Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE) is a nonprofit organization that promotes renewable energy, energy efficiency and green building techniques in western Colorado's Roaring Fork Valley.

CORE developed two homes in Carbondale that are designed and built to be as energy-efficient as possible and still be affordable as defined by the County. The homes were designed by architect Steve Novy and built by Fenton Construction of Aspen in conjunction with the US Department of Energy's Building America program.

One home has photovoltaic cells and solar water heating coils on the roof, extra tight construction, and a variety of other energy saving and conserving devices and technologies. One is a “heat recovery process” that uses heat from the stale, warm air exhausted to the outside, to warm the cleaner, fresher air being sucked into the home.

The other has none of the high-tech solar equipment, but is oriented to gain energy from the sun, and is built super-tight to avoid heat loss. NREL is monitoring the energy performance of each home. 

For more information, click here

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Habitat for Humanity in the Denver metro area partnered with NREL in 2004 to build an affordable Zero Energy Home - a highly efficient home that produces as much energy as it consumes. The design of the 1200 square foot, 3-bedroom Denver zero energy home carefully combines envelope efficiency, efficient equipment, appliances and lighting, passive solar features along with a 4 kW solar electric system to reach the zero energy goal.

NREL monitored the energy performance and releases 12 months of data in late 2006.. The home was a net producer with the PV system producing 2,347 kWh more electricity than it used. This data confirms this home was the first zero-energy home in the US. 

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Geos Neighborhood is located in the City of Arvada in the western suburb of the Denver metro area.  Geos offers a diversity of home options, commercial and live-work opportunities.  The development combines traditional village living with modern technology and everyday conveniences.  All Geos homes are oriented for optimum solar benefits through the neighborhood development.  Geos homes are designed with the concept of Passive House ® in mind but the designers will value engineer the system and may increase PV capacity at a lower cost than adding insulation at a higher cost.

The solar PV systems are designed to generate enough energy to position each home as net zero energy on an annual basis.  The homes use super efficient ground source heat pumps that harness the earth’s energy to heat and cool with ¼ the energy of typical mechanical systems.

For more information, visit: http://discovergeos.com.

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McStain Neighborhoods builds homes in the Denver metro area that are in compliance with ENERGY STAR and program guidelines. The homes have advanced energy efficiency features such as sealed combustion furnaces and water heaters, blown cellulose insulation, 2x6 wall construction, tankless water heaters, and Low-E efficient windows. The homebuilder ensures improved indoor air quality, conservation of natural materials, and water-efficient appliances and water-wise landscaping strategies. In 2007, McStain Neighborhoods began construction of the largest solar neighborhood in the state with 42 solar-powered homes at Bradburn Village in Westminster. McStain builds homes in Boulder County and includes support for electric vehicle charging in garages.

For more information, visit: www.mcstain.com.

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Solar Village is a developer of mixed use green built villages in Boulder and Fort Collins that feature solar energy. They also offer consulting services for custom-designed solar and green built homes. Common features include passive solar designs, solar-assisted radiant floor heating, quality insulation, efficient lighting and appliances, and improved indoor air quality by using low toxic materials.

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Nevada

Beazer Homes constructs all homes in the Las Vegas Valley to the stringent ENERGY STAR new home criteria.  They have been building to 100 percent ENERGY STAR certified home requirements since 2011. They provide educational materials for prospective buyers from printed materials to online videos that show the benefits of owning an energy efficient home.  Beazer also educates buyers on the third party testing, the HERS score, and comparisons with existing homes.  Beazer states their homes receive average HERS scores in the 50’s and 60’s. 

Beazer Homes was awarded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award in 2014. For more information on Beazer homes visit: http://www.beazer.com

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KB Homes is a large national production homebuilder of 100% ENERGY STAR homes in the Las Vegas Valley.  Energy efficient features include Low-E windows, high insulation values, high-efficiency force air units, sealed ducts, third party certified homes and ENERGY STAR appliances.  KB does not yet build the Double ZeroHouse in the valley, but it is anticipated to be added to the product mix sometime in the future.

For more information on KB Homes, visit: www.kbhome.com.

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Pulte Homes since 1999. Energy efficient features include vinyl framed Low-E Milgard windows, cocoon insulation, high efficiency forced air units, and sealing of ducts. Each certified home offers a 3-year heating and cooling energy use guarantee. Pulte Homes has partnered with DOE's Building America program on case studies of energy efficient homes in Nevada and California.

For more information on Pulte Homes, visit: www.pulte.com

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Shea Homes, a large production homebuilder, is the first builder to make net zero homes standard, at no extra cost to home buyers. The homes are designed under the SheaXero program within the company. , The program is available in all Shea Active Lifestyle and Trilogy communities in California, Florida, Nevada and Washington.

Shea markets the project as "the no-electric-bill home" although the homes are connected to the electric grid and there are monthly service fees to the utility, the ability to generate electricity and fed back into the grid make the homes capable of net zero energy consumption annually.  Each home will get a solar electric system designed to replace all of the electricity the home will use in a year.  The Shea net-zero homes start at less than $180,000 with the energy features included.  Shea first offered net-zero homes in 1999 in a San Diego development and 2008 began offering small solar arrays as a standard feature in its adult communities.

For more information on Shea Homes, visit: www.trilogylife.com/sheaxero/.

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New Mexico

Palo Duro, Palo Duro Homes specializes in building eco-friendly, sustainable, high performance homes in New Mexico. Each home is certified with LEED, Energy Star, Home Energy Rating System, Water Sense, and Net Zero Energy.  Palo Duro’s roots come from another high performance homebuilder Artistic Homes.  

Palo Duro Homes constructs every new home with the ducts located in conditioned space for a more efficient heating and cooling system.  The heating and cooling system is sized to industry standards for efficient operations. The ducts and house is tested to prevent leakage. Each room is balanced for accurate air flow and Palo Duro provides a comfort guarantee that there will be no more than a three degree temperature difference in living. Palo Duro also guarantees heating and cooling usage.

For more information, visit: www.palodurohomes.com

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Durano Construction develops custom homes that are energy efficient in Albuquerque, Bernalillo and Rio Rancho. As a partner to DOE's Building America program and trade organization Green Build New Mexico, Durano Construction implements energy efficiency techniques with high standards of construction. Features include low-e glazed thermal windows, high efficiency heating and cooling systems, building materials with low VOC, continuous built-in mechanical air exchanger, low-flow plumbing fixtures and use of recycled or reclaimed materials.

For more information, visit: www.duranoconstruction.com.

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Paul Allen Homes, Paul Allen Homes was founded in 2006. The first years of Paul Allen Homes was spent refining and developing the green home. Paul Allen Homes was one of the pioneers for green homes and the homebuilder was recognized they were the largest Gold Certified Green Home Builder in the nation.  In 2013 Paul Allen Homes was awarded Partner of Excellence for Green Building from Home Innovation Research Labs.

All Paul Allen Homes come with third party certification of energy efficiency, R31 side walls, R60 insulation in the attic, low-e windows, leakage testing of both the duct system and house, and the heating and cooling system is located within conditioned space.  The homebuilder also builds with extended roof eaves for shading and tankless water heaters.

For more information, visit: www.paulallenhomes.net.

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Net Solar Homes LLC, was established in 2011 when the owners saw a need to provide homes that could meet the demands of modern living while having as little impact on our environment. NetSolar Homes offers LEED Platinum Certified homes, the highest rating achievable by the U.S. Green Building Council, in Las Cruces area.  NSH builds homes using structural insulated panels (SIPs) – all walls and ceiling, 4 kW solar electric systems, solar hot water, hydronic heating, ENERGY STAR appliances and light fixtures and a home monitoring system.  All homes included water conservation features such as dual flush toilets, and rainwater collection systems. Each home is ENERGY STAR certified.

For more information, visit: www.netsolarhomes.com.

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Oshara Village is a sustainable community in Santa Fe, NM. Local homebuilders are utilized to construct energy efficient homes with consideration to the surrounding environment.

The homebuilders must adhere to the “Oshara Pledge” that requires certain features in each home, including

  • recycled insulation with R-21 in walls and R-50 in ceiling,
  • install 6% of floor space as south-facing glass,
  • use ENERGY STAR appliances and water-saving fixtures,
  • utilize reclaimed water for irrigation,
  • use only programmable thermostats, and
  • use compact fluorescent lighting.

The New Village Institute conducted a study on Energy Savings Possible for American Families Making Sustainable Choices. The study concluded that “an Oshara homeowner choosing normal cost-effective energy conservation features and the required standards would use 51.8% less energy in the home than a typical homeowner.”

For more information about the Oshara Village, click here

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For additional builders, see the Build Green New Mexico Web site by clicking here


Utah

Daybreak is a master-planned community of over 4,000 acres and being built by land development company Kennecott Land in South Jordan, Utah. One-third of the land is being kept as open space and a main feature is Oquirrh Lake, providing many recreational opportunities.

All homes built to the ENERGY STAR standards that will save $200 - $400 in utility bills every year. Features include improved indoor air quality, enhanced sealing package, high-performance insulation, high-efficiency furnaces, programmable thermostats, compact fluorescent lightbulbs and ENERGY STAR appliances.

Kennecott Land is also embracing the USGBC's LEED rating system and working with the USGBC as they develop the first national standard for neighborhood design. Daybreak features the first LEED certified elementary school in Utah.

For more information about Daybreak's master-planned community, click here

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Garbett Homes, is a Utah based homebuilder of single family and multi-family properties. All homes are built to the ENERGY STAR standards and the majority of their product line includes solar electric to include net zero energy.  Garbett has also offers ground source heat pump technology in some of their townhouse develoments. The company uses 2x6 construction, Low-E windows, high efficiency heating and cooling equipment and offers solar electric on many models.

For more information about Garbett Homes, click here 

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California

Premier Homes developed the first standard “zero energy” community of its kind in the Sacramento region—Premier Gardens. By partnering Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), ConSol and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Premier Gardens consists exclusively of “Zero Energy Homes” (ZEH) that are designed to save homebuyers up to 60 percent on utility costs.

Each home qualifies for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy's (DOE) ENERGY STAR® Homes national program. Specific energy-efficiency features include: a 2 kW AC solar electric home power system, a tankless water heater that produces 6.5 gallons of hotwater per minute, a mechanically designed heating and air conditioning system, spectrally selective glass windows, and tightly sealed air ducts. 

For more information about this community by Premier Homes, click here

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Shea Homes, a large production homebuilder, is the first builder to make net zero homes standard, at no extra cost to home buyers. The homes are designed under the SheaXero program within the company. , The program is available in all Shea Active Lifestyle and Trilogy communities in California, Florida, Nevada and Washington.

Shea markets the project as "the no-electric-bill home" although the homes are connected to the electric grid and there are monthly service fees to the utility, the ability to generate electricity and fed back into the grid make the homes capable of net zero energy consumption annually.  Each home will get a solar electric system designed to replace all of the electricity the home will use in a year.  The Shea net-zero homes start at less than $180,000 with the energy features included.  Shea first offered net-zero homes in 1999 in a San Diego development and 2008 began offering small solar arrays as a standard feature in its adult communities.

For more information on Shea Homes, click here

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KB Homes, a large national production homebuilder is building what they call their ‘Double ZeroHouse' or ‘ZeroHouse 2.0’ which moves beyond only energy efficiency to include advanced water efficiency.  The homes reduce freshwater through the use of a greywater and filtration system.  The newest ZeroHouse 2.0 is the first KB home designed to achieve both net-zero energy status, and zero freshwater irrigation use by a family of four or more. The homes were first offered in Lancaster, Calif. KB Home estimates that the Double ZeroHouse 2.0 at Dawn Creek can conserve 150,000 gallons of water each year when compared to a typical resale home and landscaping, a reduction of approximately 70%. In addition, the ZeroHouse is designed to produce as much energy as it consumes.  The home's water recycling system treats greywater from sinks, washing machines, bathroom showers, tubs, near-potable quality, for use on the landscape. They estimate a family of four can recycle up to 40,000 gallons of water annually.

For more information on KB Homes Double ZeroHouse, click here

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