Turn-Key Solar Village Home Designs

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More and more, we're seeing designs that focus on energy efficiency and near zero energy operations.  One company that has such designs is Solar Village, and they're offering Turn-Key Solar Village Homes — something that I find to be very interesting.  The homes feature passive solar design, foil faced rigid foam and Icynene insulation, fiberglass windows with low-E glass, healthy indoor air, a solar hot water system, a 2.5 kW solar pv system with online monitoring, and super efficient HVAC system.  As a result, the homes are close to zero energy, if not net-zero energy, and they can be built in less than three months! 

Turn-Key Solar Village Homes are built exclusively by All American Homes, a company with plants in Virginia, North Carolina, Indiana, Iowa, and Colorado.  These plants build “systems built,” modular homes, and matter of fact, the Altos Homes pictured at the very beginning was built by All American Homes in Decatur, Indiana.  Check out the five designs now available from Solar Village and All American Homes:

Solar Village Eldora – 3/2.5, 1928 square feet

Eldora


Solar Village Altos – 3/2.5, 2047 square feet

Altos


Solar Village Zephyr – 3/2.5, 2449 square feet

Zephyr


Solar Village Stratus – 3/2.5, 1704 square feet

Stratus


Solar Village Zero2 – 2/1, 1106 square feet

Zero2

Rendering and photo credits: Solar Village Homes.

Update 1-13-2008: this article was corrected to remove information about EcoFutures and clarify details of All American Homes’ arrangement with Solar Village. 


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  • Brian Neill

    Thanks for posting it, Preston! I really think they are offering one of the best packages for an energy efficient home. I couldn’t believe they didn’t have more of a web presence…

    Were you able to speak with anyone from Solar Village?

    • http://www.jetsongreen.com Preston

      Thanks Brian for the heads up. Looks like Solar Village has some great Turn-Key homes already built. I’d like to see some cost information, but didn’t call because I wrote this on the weekend. Will likely touch base later and update the article.

      • Brian Neill

        Yeah, I am curious about the costs, also. I was encouraged by Ecofutures claim that they can build one of these at “half the cost” of a custom built zero energy home, but we both know that could mean anything…

  • http://www.allamericanhomes.com Art Breitenstein

    We aren’t sure who the good folks at EcoFutures are but we are sure of one thing.

    The photo and five renderings accompanying this story are from All American Homes. All American Homes has the exclusive rights to market those five Solar Village Homes shown in the renderings. The photo is the Altos model built at our facility in Decatur Indiana.

    We have plants in VA, NC, IN, IA and CO…all building “system built” (modular) homes.

    Check out allamericanhomes.com Brian for the web presence you are looking for…there is a Solar Village land page there.

    Art Breitenstein
    Vice President, Sales & Marketing
    All American Homes

    • http://www.jetsongreen.com Preston

      Art, thanks for your comment, the article has been updated as a result of your comment and our emails back and forth.

    • Brian Neill

      Thanks so much for the link, Art. I think I should take part of the blame for the confusion here – I stumbled onto the ecofutures website last week while searching the web for energy efficient prefab housing. Through their website (which does appear t give you guys credit as the “manufacturer” of these great homes) I ended up at Solar Village. I was so surprised that I had never seen these homes in any of my searches that I emailed Preston hoping that maybe he knew something about it. I included Ecofutures in my email to him because of their repeated references to the Solar Village zero energy designs and their use of one of the renderings depicting one of the models in question.

      I apologize to both you and Preston if I added any unnecessary confusion.

      And thanks for partnering with Solar Village to make these wonderful homes! My wife and I hope to be in the market for something like this in a few years!

  • http://www.goforchange.com Debbie Smith

    The good thing is these homes are modest in size. McMansions are out, less is more again, smaller and more efficient is the new bigger and better.

  • http://www.totalsolarenergy.co.uk/diy-solar-heating.html diy solar heating

    these are awesome! why can’t all new builds be like this? there is no reason why they shouldn’t be. I recently read that Hawaii have made it law for all houses to have solar water heaters installed.

  • http://www.linkedin.com/in/clintleroy Clint LeRoy

    Preston and others there is a place called Okotok Alberta Canada where they have taken the solar development to a whole new Level. Please see this link: http://www.dlsc.ca/ And observe the animation – Time length is about 5 minutes, but well worth it.

    Hope this helps

  • http://www.linkedin.com/in/clintleroy Clint LeRoy

    Preston and others there is a place called Okotok Alberta Canada where they have taken the solar development to a whole new Level. Please see this link: http://www.dlsc.ca/ And observe the animation – Time length is about 5 minutes, but well worth it.

    Hope this helps

  • Nina

    please contact me with estimations of cost of building these homes, or direct me to a site where I can access this information.. Thanks so much! Nina

  • http://www.dmsolar.com/ dmsolar

    that’s cool,

    http://www.dmsolar.com/

  • Anonymous

    Great idea, and the designs don`t look to bad either.

  • Solar

    The concepts look great, I love to include these type of design with my 300w solar panel. 

    http://www.peaksolar.com

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