Homebuyers flock to energy-efficient cottages at Serenbeâ€™s Nest
A small eco-friendly home is serving as a test case for resource-saving technologies. Home energy costs are expected to be about $200 per year, thanks to solar panels, geothermal heating and cooling and super-efficient insulation and air sealing.
All the homes in The Nest were sited with south-facing rooflines for solar panel placement. Fourteen panels are expected to help keep the home’s utility costs to about $200 a year. The Nest will have 15 cottage homes in the Serenbe development.
Roof overhangs help keep the sun out and the house cool, cutting energy costs. Thick foam insulation also manages cooling costs and keeps the house comfortable. Natural landscaping will include trees and bushes with edible fruit.
Energy-efficient windows allow the sun to light the spacious interior but block heat and harmful UV rays.
The small footprint includes lots of livable space in 1,100 square feet. Flooring is FSC-certified wood. Heating and cooling comes from a geothermal system that uses the nearby six-acre lake.
Cabinets, paints and furnishings were chosen based on a low content of formaldehyde and VOCs.