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The City of Tomorrow: Energy and Resource Efficiency in Asheville GREEN Home

green built home for sale in ashevilleHere is the third post in a series that looks at sustainability and the city of tomorrow. A number of developers have contacted me through Active Rain. They are thinking about the future-the value of an eco-community, the way this comes together.  They are asking about what this means in terms of energy and resource efficiency.

  

Energy and Resource Efficiency 

Recently, we  visited  a new green-built home that represents the spirit of energy and resource efficiency. This home, on a city lot subdivided in the early 1900's, is part of a sustainable community here in Asheville, NC.  Mature trees line the  street in the neighborhood providing  much appreciated shade. Neighbors walk to the market where locally-grown food is selected and toted home.

Resource Efficiency: As you approach this home you notice a rain barrel strategically placed to the side. It is there to direct water towards the yard. Here you see native landscaping.  The lot was planted with only drought resistant landscaping, so the barrel is a nice benefit, but not a necessity.  

 

Energy Efficiency: Because the builder elected to save the trees, (see photo) the major source of electricity for the home is the grid.  The south side of the house is shaded by a large spruce tree, so passive solar heat is not a major factor in an otherwise super eco-friendly home. 

 The home is built with 2x6 construction using EnergyStar® framing techniques.  This allowed the builder to insulate the walls with R-19 formaldehyde-free fiberglass insulation.  Both the bands between the floors, where there is a good chance for heat loss, and the roof deck were insulated with Iconene foam insulation.  The home is heated with an EnergyStar®   rated heat pump utilizing a fresh air intake. 

 While this may not be an example of net zero building (I'll cover that in another post) it does give a clue as to the standard we can look for in the city of tomorrow.

 Stay tuned...Up next is a post on sustainability.

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I forgot to mention...please let me know about energy efficiency in your new/remodeled homes in YOUR towns...

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 11 years ago

I would have to say the looks are not all that eye appealing, but I do see where keeping the sun out that this will help. What about a UV sun protection film? They are used on cars all the time why not our homes?

Posted by Susan Trombley, Broker/Realtor, Raleigh, Cary, Wake Forest, Youngs (Trombley Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Nice post. I'd like to hear more about the community it is in.. are all homes green certified, green built, or sustainable in some way? Or, is it more the design of the community and it's access to local resources?

Posted by Alex Mordas, Green Building Consultant (EarthSTEPS) over 11 years ago

Very interesting.  I am ready for tomorrow today-- Lots of great ideas and things that can be implemented in the near and distant future.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 11 years ago

We recently had a green tour in Raleigh. Since that time I've learned so much about the construction, the ratings, etc.  I'm going to have to do some more reading on your blog too! It's coming to the Triangle!

Posted by Tracy Santrock, Raleigh - Cary Realtor/Broker In Charge (Fonville Morisey/Santrock Realty Group, Inc. ) over 11 years ago

Finally once again,

Renew, reuse and recycle are the words.

I know of several homes in the Park County area that are green friendly and solar.

A few nice earthships are currently for sale.

Posted by Sabrina Kelley, Woodland Park Colorado Mountain Homes and Land (ERA Herman Group Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Susan~

Sounds like a good idea. I think that this is a feature of the windows in this home.

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 11 years ago

Alex~

This home is in an "old" city neighborhood where homes are being remodeleld "green" and some of the homes are being torn down to be replaced with new construction. .."green-built" as well. 

THIS home was built on a Lot that was surveyed off from the acre next door to create the building site.

The entire Asheville neighborhood is going sustainable

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 11 years ago

Joan~ 

You commented, " ...I am ready for tomorrow today..." and I am smiling out loud...me, too!

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 11 years ago

Tracy~

YAY-yeah! ...good news. And no better place for green-builts to arrive than in the Triangle..certainly a forward-looking area..THX for your news and comment.

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 11 years ago

Sabrina~

I'd like to hear more about the earthaships. Are they constructed of huge tires and then covered/plastered/ ot what?

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 11 years ago

The rain barrels are not a necessity NOW perhaps, but what about thinking into the future a little bit.  Even some natives have been struggling in our recent drought, and with current climate change conditions, this is most likely just the beginning -- there is a pattern of things getting warmer and drier here.

Posted by Rhodes Waite over 11 years ago

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