We at Springwater Homes are proud to participate in the U. S. Department of Energy’s Builders Challenge Program. We are working with the Florida Solar Energy Center at UCF to achieve the most energy efficient home possible.
Improved Home Features
The Building America teams work with builders to achieve the desired efficiency goals. They use a whole-house, systems engineering approach to select the least costly and highest value home features including:
Benefits for Homeowners
- Climate-specific designs
- Super efficient walls, foundations, windows, and roofs
- Passive solar heating and cooling
- State-of-the-art heating, cooling, hot water, appliances, and lighting systems
- Solar thermal and solar electric systems
- Moisture resistant construction techniques
Customers are very satisfied with homes built using Building America strategies because they offer:
Building America has assembled a list of Web sites for homeowners that offer tips and ideas on making new and existing homes more energy-efficient.
The Builders Challenge threshold begins at 70 on the E-Scale and will stay at this level until 2012. As Building America strategies that achieve greater efficiency levels become available, the Challenge threshold will move steadily closer to NZEH. By 2030, builders will have the methods and technologies to cost-effectively construct Net-Zero Energy Homes anywhere in the United States.
- Reduced costs—Building America homes use less energy which translates into large reductions in utility bills
- Improved comfort—Building America homes are constructed to reduce temperature fluctuations and room-to-room variations
- Higher quality—Building America homes utilize strategies and materials that improve the overall structure and operation
- Durability—Building America homes are designed to resist long term degradation caused by weather and age
- Environmental sustainability—Building America homes save energy and reduce pollution.
The E-Scale is an easy-to-understand tool that helps homebuyers and homeowners make smart energy decisions when purchasing, renting, or updating a home. It is designed to provide clear, objective answers to basic questions:
- Will this home help me save money on energy bills?
- How many “miles per gallon” does this home get?
- How does it compare to a typical new home?
- How close is it to the “ultimate” – a Net-Zero Energy Home?
Each Springwater EcoSmart home will be certified for energy performance and construction quality by the researchers at the Florida Solar Energy Center. FSEC is a research institute of the University of Central Florida charged with responsibility to develop and approve energy enhancement technologies for the people of Florida. As a national leader in energy research and development, FSEC is funded by UCF, The State of Florida and The U.S. Department of Energy.
Results have shown that Springwaters newest model has been tested to perfromed 40% more efficient than the standard home built in Florida.
Come see our New Model in Turtle Creek, Rocklege, tested 55 on the EnergySmart home scale!
This is a LEED approved home.