I’m dedicating this article to all the traditionalist readers out there — I must admit, though, I’m seriously hesitant about the design here, but I know some of you love this style. What I love, however, is the idea that green homes and communities can be zero energy. That’s what Solar Verde is all about. Solar Verde is a planned community of 20 homes and the developer claims its the first development east of the Rocky Mountains to offer a roof-top photovoltaic system as a basic design feature. Homes come with a 4 kW solar PV system made with SOLARSAVE roof shingles. As you can tell, the developer finished the first two model homes last July for this south Chicago green community.
The first two homes are each ~1600 sf with two above grade levels and a full basement. They can be purchased for ~$340k according to the website. With that, you’ll get a net zero energy home and some quality green home features:
- No VOC paints
- Energy Star appliances
- Lighting fixtures with CFLs
- 50% recycled content Crossville tiles
- Recycled plastic laminate Earthstone countertops
- Low flow and dual-flush toilets
- Rooftop solar PV system
- Energy efficient home envelope
The prefabricated exterior wall system by TechBuilt is made of 95% recycled material and has an R-value of 40. Combine that with the R-50 cellulose attic insulation and you have quite the insulated envelope of a home. Hey, the more efficient the home, the less energy you use and the less you rely on mechanical systems to do a home’s heavy lifting.
Photo credits: Solar Verde.