Posts Tagged ‘energy star homes in seattle’

Next-Gen Homes on Queen Anne Hill Targeting 3 Green Certifications

Monday, September 12th, 2011

The buzz on Seattle’s Queen Anne Hill neighborhood is starting to pick about the two new high performance homes being build on the Hill’s northwest side. The two homes, City Cabins, constructed by Martha Rose Construction in Seattle, are extreme green homes. What does this mean? The homes will be put through extensive testing and third party certifying before being awarded the 5 Star Built Green, Energy Star and Building American Certifications.  Rose a builder with a high green IQ has been building at the highest levels of the Built Green program since its inception and has within the last 5 years added the ENERGY STAR and Building America’s Builders Challenge certifications to all of their new homes.  Today’s focus ENERGY STAR

To qualify as an ENERGY STAR home

To earn the ENERGY STAR, a home must meet guidelines for energy efficiency set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. These homes are at least 15% more energy efficient than homes built to the 2004 International Residential Code (IRC), and include additional energy-saving features that typically make them 20–30% more efficient than standard homes.

City Cabins should be 40-50% more efficient than standard built new homes. These “next-gen” built homes will have earned the government’s trusted ENERGY STAR label; homeowners will have the comfort knowing it’s been built to meet or surpass the strict guidelines of the Environmental Protect Agency.

Some of the important benefits of owing an ENERGY STAR home:

Lower Utility Bills

By using less energy for heating, cooling, and water heating, ENERGY STAR qualified homes deliver approximately 20% savings on annual utility bills. Over the 7 to 8 years that a typical family lives in a home, you can save thousands of dollars in maintenance cost.

Enhanced Performance

In ENERGY STAR qualified homes, comfort is ensured with consistent temperatures between and across rooms; indoor air quality is enhanced by reducing dust, pollen, bugs, and excessive humidity; and durability is improved with comprehensive water protection, windows that block damaging sunlight, and better grade equipment.

Environmental Protection

The energy used in our homes often comes from the burning of fossil fuels at power plants. So, by using less energy to operate, ENERGY STAR qualified homes help to prevent air pollution—an added benefit for today’s environmentally-conscious consumer looking for “green” choices.

City Cabins are now under construction and are scheduled for a November 2011 completion. For more information visit the website CityCabins.com or contact Adrian Willanger.

Don’t Overlook the Small Things in Green Building

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

By, Staff Eco-Redux 

Programmable Thermostats Being Installed in Every Room at Fish Singer Place 

  

  

Programmable thermostats have become very popular to a lot of homes because of the many benefits that can be gained by using them. Aside from the energy-saving features, their low greenhouse gas emissions also do not contribute much to global warming. But what really sets them apart is that you have total control over how they will function for a certain period of time; whether it is just for a few hours, a single day or the whole week, the choice is really yours. At Fish Singer Place, we adhere to our name of being the most environment-friendly and cost-efficient neighborhood in the country and the programmable thermostat helps us in living up to this name. 

  

Our Energy Star programmable thermostats allow you to maintain personal comfort all over the home through pre-set temperature levels that are more accurate than manual thermostats. When used properly this device can save you as much as $150 a year. And what more is needed, since they consume less energy and they are eco-friendly. 

  

The programmable thermostats do really adjust according to the needs of homeowners who work outside and have different schedules during weekends, as they can be programmed to adjust to the times when the owners are home. The homeowners can program the units whether they are at home or not, awake or asleep, warm or cold at any time of the day and night, just to match their lifestyle. For example, they can be adjusted for a warmer temperature when the owner wakes up in the morning or a colder one at noon. 

  

Another advantage of programmable thermostats is that these can be programmed to repeat the settings on multiple days or the whole week so that you do not have to keep changing the settings time and again, thus providing more flexibility of movement inside or outside the house. This is very useful on times when you are in a rush to leave the house and when reaching the office, you recall that you forgot to turn the thermostat off. With a manual one, this is a problem but with the programmable thermostat, you can be rest assured that no such thing will happen.  

  

The heating and cooling of home spaces account for almost 40% of the average home’s usage of energy. With programmable thermostats in every Fish Singer Place home, the rooms’ temperatures are all automatically adjusted to the comfort zone of the owners thus; no energy is wasted even when no one is at home. 

  

With the sealing and insulation standards being met at each Fish Singer Place home, homeowners are assured that the installed programmable thermostats supply proper ventilation and fresh air inside the house at all times. Likewise, the amount of heating and cooling is optimized as the temperature inside the home is contained by Energy Star’s sealing and insulating standards. 

  

Living up to the expectations of the environment conscious homeowners is strictly followed at Fish Singer Place. With our cost efficient Energy Star appliances, we assure homeowners of annual savings in energy consumption and eco-friendly environment. The programmable thermostat with its energy efficiency, the ease and comfort it provides and the environmental friendly features it owns, is an attribute that every Fish Singer Place home is proud of.