Key Components of a Carbon Neutral Home
1. Energy efficient building envelope
With our Structurally Insulated Panel we achieve the HIGHEST possible R value of any currently available production rated building shell. The typical R value will be between 25 and 32, depending on internal and external finishes. All of our homes are designed and build by LEED Certified professionals. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the world’s most widely used green building rating system. LEED certification provides a framework for healthy, highly efficient, and cost-saving green buildings, which offer environmental, social and governance benefits. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement, and it is backed by an entire industry of committed organizations and individuals paving the way for market transformation.
2. Energy generation
Solar panels. Need we say more? With a typical energy profile of 3-4kw, Solar panels can easily generate enough power, given panel exposure to 5-6kw with 90% efficiency in power inversion, to make the home COMPLETELY energy self-reliant, with appropriate backup system.
3. Energy Conservation
We install highly energy efficient, 24 SEER Mini Split air conditioning units with multiple zones. SIP construction provides a 33% reduction in the size of the typical AC system. With much less Delta Q transfer there is an efficiency gained on the volume of air needed to cool. Also, with the reduced air infiltration(80-90%), this translates into a savings of 1.2 million pounds of CO2 emissions on a typical life span of home.
White Reflective Single Ply TPO Roofing
TPO roofs are heat-reflective and energy-efficient. They are resistant to ultraviolet, ozone, and chemical exposure. Because of this, TPO roofing can save you money on cooling costs, through reflecting heat and helping maintain a cooler interior structure. TPO roofing doesn’t have chlorine in it or any ingredients that contain chlorine, making it more environmentally friendly than some of its counterparts. TPO roofing is also 100% recyclable. Old TPO roofing can be recycled to make brand new TPO roofing. These, in addition to their energy-efficiency, made them a very green roofing option.
A TPO membrane roof is considered to be a cool roof and is Energy Star rated. This means that the membrane will reflect the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) ray, which could lead to significantly lower energy consumption of your commercial facility and make it much more comfortable to be in during the summer months. TPO Roofs have a Solar Reflectivity Rate of 97 out of 100,
with similar EM(Emissivity rating) numbers. See: this PDF for more information
Hot Water/Solar Systems
With hot water use being the 2nd highest electric usage in a typical residence, eliminating or greatly reducing this item is necessary. Solar Thermal uses the sun’s power to boost the input temperature or a instant hot water heater. Typical southern climates input temperature from municipal or ground water is 70 degrees. 105-110 degrees is typical used for showers, laundry and washing dishes. Solar Thermal easily boost inlet temperature to 90-100 degrees. Potentially eliminating the need for additional electric usage.
Rebates – New Owners
Thanks to the Inflation Reduction Act, many heat pumps and mini splits are eligible for a federal tax credit of $2,000 or 30% of the cost of installation (whichever is less).
• Income-dependent rebates of up to $8,000 were earmarked in the Inflation Reduction Act, though they aren’t available in Florida yet. The state Office of Energy told Carbon Neutral Fund that they’re waiting for guidance from the federal Department of Energy before they determine a timeline for their heat pump rebate program.
• Many utility companies in Florida offer incentives for installing efficient heat pumps, typically around a few hundred dollars per household. You can look for rebate programs by zip code at the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency.