Weatherford Place is a small community of eight town and country homes in Roswell, Georgia. It’s seeking LEED for Homes Platinum certification on all homes, as well as Platinum certification for the community under the LEED for Neighborhood Development Pilot Program — a goal that could make it one of the first all Platinum communities in the county. But beyond certification, Weatherford Place homes will be 100% more energy efficient than typical houses and 50% more energy efficient than houses built to the 2006 Energy Code.
Each home in Weatherford Place will be net-zero energy. Part of that feat has been accomplished using Zo-e-shield glass, which reduces window heat gain by 73%. That kind of window technology can really help the internal temperature of a home, especially in the blazing hot South.
The home designs used for Weatherford Place are so efficient, the owners plan to franchise their "EcoCraft Home" system across the country.
Weatherford Place homes will range in size from 2,500 to 3,900 square feet, with prices in the ballpark of $750,000. They’re not cheap by any means, but this just may be the price to pay to get into a traditional, green home that’s net-zero energy and sold with certification papers.