Green Living Homes & Land “Off Grid Living”
Welcome and thank you for visiting SUSTAINABLE LIVING REAL ESTATE in Fort Collins Colorado. We are dedicated to the sales and development of SUSTAINABLE off-grid style residential and commercial real estate located in Northern Colorado. The homes, guest buildings, art studios and backyard buildings we build enrich the environment & nurture the spirit. We provide professional real estate services as well as sustainable construction sales for the towns of Fort Collins, Loveland, Livermore, Bellvue, Boulder, Timnath, Longmont, Berthoud and Estes Park. Many of the properties for sale incorporate the latest in GREEN renewable energy features like Solar, Wind, Solar Thermal, and Geo-Thermal Energy.
Green living – whether off-grid or on – is a lifestyle more and more people are embracing. As the realities of climate change and resource depletion continue to affect real lives, it’s clear that many of the systems that sustain us now – food, water, energy, medicine, community, and others – are not sustainable as the ever-increasing population continues to push the Earth’s natural limits.
Green living means adopting ways to reduce your personal demand on these systems, your waste stream, and your carbon footprint. But how? Go solar. Start gardening. Switch to non-electric appliances. It’s easier (and far more satisfying) than you think. We have the solutions to get you confidently self-sufficient.
Please check out our site and let us know your thoughts…Cheers, Mitch Weiner 970.218.8300
Sustainable Homes for Sale in Northern CO
Boulder County Sustainable Solar Home for Sale
Price: $475,000 / Bedrooms: 2 / Bathrooms: 1 / SQFT: 1840 / Size: 4.95 Acres
ELEGANT AND SUSTAINABLE EARTH BERMED SANTA FE STYLE HOME NESTLED IN THE FOOTHILLS OF THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS. BACKS TO NATIONAL FOREST WITH ASPEN MEADOWS AND TROUT FISHING IN THE JAMESTOWN CREEK! THIS AMAZING OFF THE GRID HOME IS ONLY 20 MINUTES TO LYONS AND 45 MINUTES TO BOULDER COLORADO. **SOLD**
Sustainable Off Grid Home in Livermore, Colorado FOR SALE
Price: $429,000 / Bedrooms: 3 / Bathrooms: 3 / SQFT: 2,486 / Size: 40 Acres
OFF THE GRID custom sustainable home on 40 ACRES near FORT COLLINS with 3 beds, 2.5 baths, loft, great room, dining area, theater room and family room. Built entirely with “SIPS” panels supplied by Enercept Inc. Radiant in floor heating. **SOLD**
Self Sufficiency OFF THE GRID Home in Montrose Colorado
Price: $890,000 / Bedrooms: 3 / Bathrooms: 2 / SQFT: 2,466 / Size: 40 Acres
Amazing custom OFF THE GRID home near TELLURIDE Colorado. Stunning Self Sufficiency…. Strawbale construction keeps this home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. The home is drenched in natural light. Adobe and stucco walls give you the feeling of the southwest and pure comfort. More…
Price: $675,000 / Bedrooms: 4 / Bathrooms: 3 / SQFT: 3,578 / Size: 40 Acres
One Of Kind ECO friendly HEALTHY home built entirely with non-toxic materials. Beautiful horse friendly property situated on 40 spring-fed & fenced acres! This 4 bed + gym with sauna, 3 bath, 3,578-sq ft home, features a beautiful state of the art kitchen, dining room and deck with sweeping views of the mountains. More…
In Colorado we are spoiled by the natural beauty of our state and over 300 days of sunshine a year. We know how to take advantage of both, from hiking to cycling to skiing to rafting. And now with solar power panels we can take advantage of the sunshine to produce clean electricity from an ever-renewable energy source—keeping Colorado beautiful for generations to come. SOLAR POWER has never been a better value and investment! Please feel free to contact our Sustainable GREEN Real Estate Team: **SOLD**
SUSTAINABLE VILLAGE PROJECTS WE ARE WORKING ON!
Solar, Geothermal and Wind Powered Homes
Sustainable on-site Construction by LEE BARKER BUILDER LLC: Lee Barker has been building energy efficient homes in Northern Colorado for the past decade. Lee’s continuing education and commitment to high performance homes have earned him a reputation as one of the leaders in green building; Lee was inducted into the Built Green hall of fame and honored by Larimer County for his professionalism in his pioneering work in Green building and development. We build a few homes each year for folks who’d like to lighten their footprint on the earth and live in a healthy home. Whether it’s the latest in technology or simply a well insulated & efficient home, we’re here to help you realize your dream. For over ten years we have been building custom, energy efficient, high performance, healthy and sustainable homes in and around the Fort Collins, Colorado area.
Solar Powered Homes from SOLAR VILLAGE HOMES:
These custom homes from Boulder, Colorado are systems built true solar homes that perform at extraordinary levels of energy conservation. These homes are the result of relationships with the leading OFFSITE home manufacturers in COLORADO, who are able to build to our extremely high standards. There is a reason why many countries in Europe build a large percentage of their homes the “systems built” or Offsite way, please call me for more information.
OffSite Construction by SOLAR VILLAGE HOMES
SOLARGON DESIGNS by ICS
Solargon homes and cabins are inspired by design elements from Native American “hogons” and “hidatsa lodges” and Asian nomadic “yurts” and “ghers” or “gers” and combine them with passive solar design principles. Using the latest in green-building technologies we have created structures that work with and within the environment rather than dominating or disregarding it. Green-building is the practice of increasing the efficiency with which buildings use resources: energy, water, and materials . . . while reducing building impacts on human health and the environment through better siting, design, construction, operation, maintenance, and eventual removal — the complete building life cycle. A similar concept is natural building, which is usually on a smaller scale and tends to focus on the use of natural materials that are available locally. Solargon homes combine elements of both concepts.
Various models and sizes of Solargons are available:
FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL MITCH WEINER 970.218.8300
|INSULATED COMPONENT STRUCTURES – ROCKY MOUNTAIN, Inc.
(ICS-RM) is a manufacturing company dedicated to helping people
save time, money, and energy. We have developed cost-effective, high quality,
energy-efficient, easy-to-assemble building components
as modern alternatives to conventional building methods. We maintain a friendly,
fair, and creative work environment that promotes productivity, responsibility,
conservation, and innovation.
PRODUCTS: ICS-Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) are
manufactured with internal and external surfaces (“skins” or substrates) of
engineered structural products, such as oriented strand board (OSB),
fiber-cement, Fiberock, fiber-reinforced plastic (FRP), various exterior
sidings, or various metals, and have a closed-cell polyurethane foam core. The
variety of surfaces allows ICS-SIPs to have numerous commercial, residential,
and specialty applications: homes, schools, storage buildings, retail buildings,
hotels, motels, theaters, modular offices, laboratories,
temperature/humidity-controlled enclosures, curing barns, agricultural and
animal containment buildings, assisted living and nursing homes, protective
electronic shelters, are a few of the types of construction that have
incorporated ICS-SIPs. ICS also manufactures non-structural insulated panels,
such as insulated curtain walls, interior walls, partitions, and cladding for
The insulation value of ICS panels ranges from R-20 (3-inch) to R-28
(4.5-inch) to R-42 (6.5-inch) to R-54 (8.25-inch). This can provide a reduction
in energy consumption from 30% to 70%, depending on local heating and cooling
requirements and local utilities costs, when compared to traditional “stick
& batt” construction methods.
ICS is built on the knowledge that there is a need
for advanced pre-manufactured modular building
components that, when assembled, form a complete structural/thermal exterior
building shell. These structural building components
are supplied to the construction industry for residential, commercial, and
Sustainable Construction Benefits
Homes that enrich the environment & nurture the spirit
Energy saving features
Lower loan carrying costs
True built to order opportunity (3 months or less)
Minimal construction management time & expense
Less exposure to change orders (the price gets locked in at order time)
All our homes utilize the passive solar design philosophy
Low toxicity finishes throughout
There is near zero waste during construction
Super insulated using spray foam and rigid foam exteriors
High efficiency (92-95%) heating system & HRV comes standard
Tankless hot water heat “instant hot”
Ultra air filtration systems
Double pane LoE windows come standard
Efficient compact fluorescent lighting comes standard
LED lighting available
Solar PhotoVoltaic Energy & Solar Hot Water
Geo-Thermal and Wind power available
Precision factory built using jigs, CAD driven saws, laser alignment
Indoor construction environment eliminates weather damage issue
OSHA compliant work space increases efficiency and quality
Solar Village Homes Turnkey Modular Services
Site planning for a factory built solar home
Home design optimized for factory efficiencies and solar performance
Develop material and feature specifications based on budget and “green” goals
Factory built construction & General Contractor oversight and management
75 REASONS TO GO GREEN AND MOVE TO FORT COLLINS COLORADO
America’s Most Satisfied City: Time – May 2014
- Timberline Award: Rocky Mountain Performance Excellence – Dec 2013
- 2nd Best Place for Job Seekers in Colorado: NerdWallet – Dec 2013
- 2013 Best Towns in America: Outside Magazine – Oct 2013
- Ranked 7th on Best Places for Business and Careers: Forbes – Aug 2013
- Ranked 2nd on Top 10 Metro Areas for High-Tech Startup Density: Kauffman Foundation – Aug 2013
- Platinum Bicycle Friendly Community: League of American Bicyclists – May 2013
- Gold Level Certification: Solar Friendly Communities – Apr 2013
- 2012 Tree City USA: The Arbor Day Foundation – Apr 2013
- Robert Havlick Award for Innovation in Local Government recognizing the Sustainability Services Area formation: Alliance For Innovation – Mar 2013
- 4th Healthiest Mid-Size City in U.S.: 2012 Gallup-Healthways Survey – Feb 2013
- 2012 Project Award Winner, Re-construction of the SH 392 & I-25 Interchange: American Public Works Association, Colorado Chapter – Jan 2013
- 2012 Top Downtown in the Country: Livability.com – Nov 2012
- Ranked 3rd on Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report: AllState – Sep 2012
- One of the Ten Best Vacation Cities for Beer Lovers: Yahoo! Travel.com – Jul 2012
- Ranked 3rd in the nation on Best Places to Do Business list: Forbes.com – Jun 2012
- Ranked 11th on America’s Top 50 Bike-Friendly Cities: Bicycle Magazine – May 2012
- Fort Collins-Loveland, Third Skinniest Metro Area on the Well-Being Index: Gallup and Healthways – Mar 2012
- Fort Collins-Loveland Municipal Airport, winner of two “Best in Colorado” awards: Colorado Asphalt Pavement Association – Mar 2012
- One of the Top 10 Best Places to Retire: CBS Money Watch – Feb 2012
- Ranked First, Safest Drivers in America: Allstate Insurance Company – Sep 2011
- Ranked 3rd on the Best Bicycle Cities list: League of American Bicyclists and TheStreet.com – Aug 2011
- One of the top 15 Best Places for triathletes to live and train: Triathlete Magazine – Aug 2011
- Ranked 5th Best Places for Business and Careers: Forbes – Jun 2011
- Fort Collins, One of the Top 10 Cities Adopting Smart Grid Technology: U.S.News and World Report – May 2011
- Top Colorado City for Job Growth, Fort Collins-Loveland: 2011 Best Cities for Job Growth, newgeography.com – May 2011
- One of the Top Ten Places to Retire in the Nation: Charles Schwab’s On Investing – Apr 2011
- Third Happiest Metro Region, Fort Collins-Loveland, CO: Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index – Mar 2011
- 2011 Governor’s Arts Award: Colorado Creative Industries and the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade – Mar 2011
- One of the Top 10 Best American cities to invest your real estate dollars in 2011: Trulia.com – Dec 2010
- Named 5th Most Educated City in the country based on education levels of our adult population: Portfolio.com – Dec 2010
- Fourth Best State for Business, Colorado: Forbes magazine – Oct 2010
- One the Top 25 Best Places to Retire: CNNMoney.com – Sep 2010
- One of the Top 10 Best College Towns: Small-Sized Cities Category, USA Today – Sep 2010
- One of the top six ‘Smarter Cities’ for Energy: Natural Resources Defense Council, (population 100,000-249,999) – Aug 2010
- 6th Best Place to Live in the Nation: Money Magazine – Jul 2010
- One of the Most Underrated Cities in the West: Life.com – Jun 2010
- One of the Greatest Places to Live in the West: American Cowboy magazine – Apr 2010
- Ranked 4th Best Places for Business and Careers: Forbes – Apr 2010
- One of a Dozen Distinctive Destinations: National Trust for Historic Preservation – Feb 2010
- Ranked 3rd ‘Smarter City’ for sustainability: Natural Resources Defense Council – Jul 2009
- Named one of 10 Great Places for Entrepreneurs to Retire: Forbes – Jun 2009
- Ranked 1st Best Place to Live and Work for Young Professionals (pop. 100,000-200,000): Next Generation Consulting – Mar 2009
- Named 2nd Best Metro for Business and Careers: Forbes magazine – Mar 2009
- Ranked 7th Best Midsize Metro in the nation: bizjournals.com – Mar 2009
- One of Top 20 Places to Thrive: Best Boomer Towns – Feb 2009
- Ranked 10th Best-Educated City in America: Forbes magazine – Nov 2008
- One of the Best Places to Raise Your Kids: Business Week – Nov 2008
- LEED Gold designation for the Northside Aztlan Community Center LEED Gold designation for the Northside Aztlan Community Center LEED Gold designation for the Northside Aztlan Community Center: U.S. Green Build Council – Oct 2008
- Gold level Bicycle Friendly Community: League of American Bicyclists – Sep 2008
- 2nd Best Place to Live: Money magazine – Aug 2008
- One of 8 Enriching Towns for Art and Music Lovers: Where to Retire magazine – Apr 2008
- Named 3rd Best Place for Business and Career: Forbes magazine – Mar 2008
- Ranked 39th Best Place to Live and Launch a Business: CNN/Money – Mar 2008
- Top 10 Digital Cities: Center for Digital Government – Sep 2007
- One of 30 Fast Cities, due to innovation and creativity of workforce: Fast Company magazine – Jul 2007
- 9th Best Place to Invest in Real Estate: Business 2.0 – May 2007
- Top 10 College Towns for Grown-Ups: Kiplinger’s magazine – Mar 2007
- Named a Preserve America Community: First Lady Laura Bush – Mar 2007
- One of America’s Most Walkable Small Cities: msn.com – Mar 2007
- One of the Best Places for Business and Careers: Forbes magazine – Mar 2007
- Fort Collins listed among the Top 10 College Towns for Grown-Ups: Kiplinger magazine – Mar 2007
- Fort Collins Ranked 4th among College Towns With Great Golf: Business Week Online (Golf Digest) – Nov 2006
- Fort Collins came in 9th on “Where to Buy Now”: Business 2.0 magazine – Nov 2006
- #1 Best Place to Live in the Nation: Money Magazine – Aug 2006
- Listed as 23rd among 63 Hot Mid-Sized Cities for Entrepreneurs: Entrepreneur magazine – Aug 2006
- Fort Collins is one of the 50 Best Places to Live (ranked 34th): Kiplinger’s magazine – Jun 2006
- Seated as the 6th Best Places for Business and Career: Forbes magazine – May 2006
- Ranked 2nd (moved up from 9th place in 2005) for having the Safest Drivers: Allstate Insurance – May 2006
- Rated as the 6th most Affordable Communities/Best Places to Raise Your Family: Frommer’s – May 2006
- Fort Collins received the Preserve America Grant: – Mar 2006
- Fort Collins is one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People: America’s Promise – Sep 2005
- City of Fort Collins earns “Bicycle Friendly Community” national award: League of American Bicyclists – Aug 2005
- American Dream Town. Fort Collins rated as one of the Best Towns in the U.S.: Outside Magazine – Aug 2005
- Fort Collins drivers are the ninth best in the nation: Allstate Insurance Company’s (“America’s Best Drivers Report.”) – Jun 2005
- Fort Collins & Larimer County Named Top Nature-Friendly Communities: – Jun 2005
- Selected as 4th best place to live in the United States: Men’s Journal – Apr 2005
- City of Fort Collins selected as “Top Retirement Spot”: Where to Retire magazine – Apr 2005
OFF THE GRID IN NORTHERN COLORADO
“The term off-grid refers to not being connected to a grid, mainly used in terms of not being connected to the main or national electrical grid. In electricity, off-grid can be stand-alone systems (SHS) or mini-grids typically to provide a smaller community with electricity. Off-grid electrification is an approach to access electricity used in countries and areas with little access to electricity, due to scattered or distant population. It can be any kind of electricity generation. The term off-the-grid (OTG) can refer to living in a self-sufficient manner without reliance on one or more public utilities.
Off-the-grid homes are autonomous; they do not rely on municipal water supply, sewer, natural gas, electrical power grid, or similar utility services. A true off-grid house is able to operate completely independently of all traditional public utility services. The idea has been recently popularized by certain celebrities including Ed Begley, Jr. who stars in Living with Ed television show on the Home & Garden Television network. Actress Daryl Hannah promotes off-grid living and constructed her home in Colorado according to those principles, as does survival expert and Dual Survival co-star Cody Lundin, who lives in a self-designed, passive solar earth house in the high-desert wilderness of Northern Arizona, collecting rainwater, composting waste, and paying nothing for utilities.“
Solargon cabins and homes were the natural development of refinement and timing. Their designs reflect the trend in downsizing and energy efficient building. Start small and add as you need, or combine our building component sizes to build the living space that fits your needs. Using ultra efficient and super strong polyurethane SIPs walls, roof and floor panels, Solargon has created uniquely designed living spaces that result in optimum living comfort and significant energy savings with the most efficient building systems available. As building codes mandate higher standards for compliance, the cost of conventional building has risen to make SIPs competitive with big advantages over “stick built” homes.
When planning to build an energy efficient house, most important is the building envelope or external shell which is the “backbone” of a green building.
SIPs Panel Kits
Solargon Homes are built with ultra efficient building panels that are extremely strong, durable and very energy efficient. Our SIPs panel kits transport easily and assemble quickly reducing building costs and construction project timelines.
Green Building Kits = Lower Costs
This method of building equals customer savings with lower contractor and labor costs for your construction project. Interior and exterior treatments such as windows, doors, siding, roofing etc are purchased locally by the customer or builder. This assures better product quality, lower shipping costs and lets the customer choose the building materials for finishing the home while also supporting local economies and businesses.
Solargon | Efficient Green Octagonal Buildings
The Solargon is one of the most efficient green octagonal buildings available with a 5 star + energy rating equivalent to a HERS rating of 63. Solargon’s performs beautifully as stand alone off- the-grid dwellings or as additions to existing homes. Feel free to visit the many completed Solargon projects at the blog link below or contact us for more information.
Green Building Envelope
New Sage Homes offers green building envelope systems that look to the future for long term energy savings. SIP panel technology allows the rapid assembly of your home or backyard space to be as cost effective as possible. Listed below are some of the many benefits of owning the building envelope kits.
- Most efficient building envelope available
- Increased resale value of almost 10%
- Shorter construction time frame
- Premium performance building envelope
- Passive solar designs /correct glazing ratio
- Savings on heating and cooling systems costs
- Lower operating costs than conventional homes for the life of the building
- Much stronger than conventional construction
- High-quality construction
NEW SAGE HOMES is located in Loveland, Colorado. FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL MITCH WEINER 970.218.8300
Pricing | Green Homes For Sale
Pricing is determined by model selection and options.
Off Grid Living
Solargon Homes received this testimonial from one of their Solargon owners in northern Colorado.
“Our Solargon has been performing REALLY WELL. Let’s put it this way – the plumbing in the Solargon is filled with water. I have never had to drain the water for fear of freezing, even when we were in India for 6 months last year, because the Solargon doesn’t freeze inside. The system operates automatically and independently. The solar water pump has been great, completely reliable. Also the solar power system (P.V. is probably overkill for the structure, so that we only use about 10% of the available battery power when we run lights, vacuum cleaner and a refrigerator overnight.”
“We have solar hot water heating a 175 gallon storage tank. This heat is used for hot water when we are there, and when we are not there it is used for the two radiators we installed. It’s enough to keep the interior from freezing even in -30F weather. The passive solar input to the structure through the south-facing windows also heats the interior on the many sunny days, and when summer hot water production reaches the high temperature limit on the solar hot water system, the excess hot water is pumped through 500 feet of PEX tubing under the floor.”
“The interior temperature of the cabin at the thermostat never goes below 45°F, to my knowledge (I set it at 45°F when we leave). This is entirely off-grid and with NO propane heating of any kind, purely solar. We installed insulated window shades that cut the heat loss from the non-south-facing windows, and better sealing of the doors has helped as well.”
“We have a 250 gallon propane tank that provides propane to the stove and to the tank less water heater that backs up the solar hot water. Since we filled that tank to 80% in 2010 (200 gallons), we have used … 5 gallons. We’re down to 78% from 80%.”
“We cook on the wood stove when possible, and the solar hot water has almost always been hot enough to never need the propane backup.
What can I say? It works as near to perfectly as makes little difference.”
The latest snow storms with winds in excess of 50 miles an hour created this almost perfect circle around the Backyard Quadra. The stable design sheds wind well due to roof planes that slope over the four corners of the building.
The variety of styles used in the Solargon 30 seem endless. This vacation home in Glendive, Montana combines the washer /dryer within the kitchen area to conserve space.
Roof support beams have a dramatic impression viewed from the hallway off the kitchen.
Metal roof and Hardy siding make for low maintenance. Ultra efficiency in this northern climate is an intelligent approach to sustainable living.
New Sage Homes
As Seen on Tinyhouseblog
New Sage Homes was created in response to the demand for alternative designs of our ultra efficient octagonal buildings. We design and develop high performance backyard spaces and compact model homes. Featured above is the new Backyard Quadra. This small building is big inside for 119 sq. ft. and is manufactured using polyurethane SIPs panels. Like the Solargons they assemble quickly and feature the same cam lock technology and ultra efficient performance. We provide the external envelope or shell of the building and you or your contractor finish the building out. Assembly time for the exterior envelope shell kit is generally under one day.
Finishing the inside and out with locally supplied materials saves on shipping and the panel to panel cam lock system reduces your project timeline for additional savings.
With 12′ of overhead space there is plenty of room for a loft. An operable skylight allows good light and ventilation. This model serves as an art studio and occasional guest room for visitors. Body heat plays a role in heating these extremely efficient buildings.
The owner had a custom hardwood ladder built which also supports the loft. The Backyard Series buildings work well for emergency housing and this very model served to house the owners daughter who was displaced during the Colorado floods of 2013.
The Backyard Diamond is also 119 sq. ft. The owner of this model finished the building out with a loft, kitchenette, big screen surround sound system and bathroom with a shower. He has saved 12,000 dollars in the past two years over the condo he rented prior to building his Backyard Diamond.
Seasonal window brows were constructed from 2 x 2’s and shade cloth to assist in cooling the building in the summer. In the fall the brows are removed for the winter as the building then benefits from passive solar gain.
The loft ladder hangs out of the way for daytime activities.
Whatever your needs – from an office space to guest room consider New Sage Homes. Backyard models are lean on energy consumption and perform well for any off grid application. The models shown are only examples of the endless possibilities and ways our buildings can be finished out.
If you are planning to break ground in the spring, now is the time to design the interior and order your Solargon home. Here are some shots of Solargon 30 interiors Write us for more about the high performance energy saving Solargons.
Solargon 20 Featured in Urgent Architecture
Bridgette Meinhold’s new book features the above Solargon 20 as a better example of future housing.
“Urgent Architecture is an organized, straightforward, no-nonsense collection of prefabricated, adaptable, affordable and disaster/emergency housing. Ms. Meinhold doesn’t wax poetic or use any of the academic industry jargon that you might see in other architecture books. Like its name implies, the book gets right at the heart of the matter – how climate change, wars, dwindling resources, poverty and natural disasters are affecting our world and what we need to do to adapt architecture accordingly in order to survive. In fact, the introduction, which is a mere 7 pages, succinctly outlines the reasons that we need better housing and serves as a crash course for anyone who might not yet be familiar with all of the issues above.
“My goal is not to explain the serious threats we will face in the future due to climate change, increasing natural disasters, and our rapidly rising population,” Meinhold explains. “Instead, I want to show that one of the ways we can protect ourselves and save lives is by building better housing. We have the technology and know-how to build stronger, more durable, energy-efficient, sustainable, and disaster-proof housing; we just need to prepare and be smarter with our planning and construction. The shelters and homes in this book serve as examples of what is possible, what is on the market, and what technologies and designs will be able to help us in the future.”
Small is Big
Lowering Costs of Smaller Buildings
Many tiny houses are used as guest rooms and are located near an existing home with accommodations. This approach saves the costs of adding a bath and kitchen.
Close proximity to the main house can save big when it comes to gaining additional living space for guests without adding a bath and kitchen, plumbing, electrical, foundation costs and permits.
A small space can have a big feel if a bath and or kitchen is not sharing available square footage.
An unplumbed building not being used on a regular basis does not require constant heating and with a passive solar design and super insulation will heat passively during the day time sun.
The building above is a guest room with a loft and has been used by a student, visiting guests, and occasionally as an art studio.
7 Smart Home Essentials
1) A meal will sustain you for a few hours.
2) A pair of shoes will last months or maybe a year.
3) A car can last a decade but a home should last a lifetime.
4) Americans now spend on average 87% of their time indoors. When planning to build a home one should take into account the overall quality of the environment.
5) Factors that make up the living space should benefit the occupants.
6) Natural lighting, air quality, openness , how living space flows from area to area are all important for body and mind wellness.
7) The time it takes to intelligently plan for your home will have returns for the rest of your stay.
Simple Compact Architecture
Ideal Shape for a Low Energy House
New Sage Homes follows green homes guidelines by building with simple compact architecture. Square compact shapes retains an extraordinary area to volume ratio. It is an almost ideal shape for a low energy house. To check the optimality of a certain house shape we calculate a Area to volume ratio – the rate between house envelope area (A) and house heated volume (V). More energy efficient houses have lower ratios. Interestingly, more thermally efficient building shapes in most cases also mean lower construction expenses, as there is less wall/roof/foundation for the same space.
High Performance Building Envelopes
Simple Compact Architecture at New Sage Homes is combining efficient architecture utilizing high performance building envelopes which in turn results in additional energy costs savings for the life of the home. Low Energy Home
Passive Solar Building Advantages
The prime Passive solar building advantage is that the design uses sunshine to heat and light homes. Passive solar heating is the least expensive way to heat your new home and is one of the most attractive strategies available for energy-efficient construction and sustainable building. It is usually part of the design of the building itself, using certain materials with correct placement of windows including correct placement the building itself.
Optimum Solar Gain Through Window Placement
Because much of a building’s heat is lost through its windows, the majority of windows in our buildings are located on the southeast, south and southwest walls for optimum solar gain. In the winter when heating is required, the sun is low in the sky, which allows the heat to penetrate into windows on the southerly faces of a structure. In the summer, south-facing windows are shaded by roof overhangs, shades or awnings to keep out the hot summer sun.
Polyurethane SIPs Panels
A successful passive solar building also needs to be very well insulated in order to make the best use of the sun’s energy. Polyurethane SIPs are unsurpassed in performance and the result is a quiet and comfortable space, free of drafts and cold spots. Passive solar design can also achieve summer cooling and ventilating by making use of convective air currents which are created by the natural tendency of hot air to rise.
As renowned architect Frank Gehry proclaimed, “sunlight should always be utilized because it”s free.” So not only is passive solar building eco-friendly it can also substantially lower your energy costs.
Super Insulated Building
Super insulated building is now a force in the marketplace. Super insulated building practices are included in Canadian building codes and are standard practice in many parts of Europe. Changes to the Model Energy Code have been implemented by the US Department of Energy and US Department of Housing and Urban Development in this country. Monetary incentives, such as Energy Rated Mortgage which increase the borrowing power of buyers of energy efficient homes, are in place at banks right now.
Energy Performance Rating System
Programs like the Energy Star Homes Program, sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy, encourage builders to build Super insulated homes and provide a rating system to evaluate energy performance.
New Sage Homes consumers who are interested in healthy indoor environments, decreased energy costs, environmental friendly lifestyles, and quality in their homes can insure that super insulated building becomes standard practice in the US.
SIPs and Heat Transfer | Energy Performance Building System
New Sage Homes starts with the top energy performance building system available – structural insulated panels with a polyurethane core or Sips for short. This is important to providing the best thermal barrier between the inside living area and outside elements of a building.
Other forms of insulation, such as fiber-glass, cellulose, Icynene, and blue-jean material, have half the R-value, allow air-flow, and do not eliminate any of the six mechanisms of heat transfer.
Smart Green Building Strategy
Another significant factor in reducing heat transfer and increased performance is the amount of area of the building that is exposed to the elements. Buildings should be designed to create the most floor-space with the least amount of building materials, thus the least wall area. A circular building is most efficient, with an “efficiency ratio” of floor area to lineal feet of walls of 8.9. However, a circular building is more difficult to build than one with flat surfaces. An octagonal building, which has an efficiency ratio of 8.7, is much easier to build. A square building with a ratio of 7.9 is still very efficient. The more compact the design the better the performance. That is why using our energy performance building system reflects this smart green building strategy.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON SUSTAINABLE HOMES AND DESIGNS, PLEASE CONTACT MITCH WEINER 970.218.8300