New development uses geothermal to reach high performance home certifications

New development uses geothermal to reach high performance home certifications

Rendering of Sage at Maple Lawn interior. Photos courtesy of Bozzuto

A new 19-home development in Maryland will use geothermal heating and cooling systems to be three times as energy efficient as an Energy Star home.

Developer Bozzuto says the homes at its new Sage at Maple Lawn community in Fulton, Maryland are the most energy efficient ever built by the company, and are regarded as one of the most efficient in the entire region, receiving a HERS score of 21 upon the installation of solar panels. Measured on a scale of 0-100, and awarded by the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET), HERS scores are universally used by builders to score new homes on their energy efficiency, and the lower the score the better. These homes will be Energy Star Certified and National Green Building Standard (NGBS) Silver Certified.

Rendering of Sage at Maple Lawn model home.

Receiving a 21 means Sage at Maple Lawn homes are more than three times as energy efficient as the minimum requirement needed for Energy Star certification, which requires a HERS score of 70. By comparison, a standard new home is generally awarded a rating of 100.

“It’s one thing to build, it’s another to do so consciously and responsibly,” said Bozzuto CEO Toby Bozzuto. “Sage at Maple Lawn is the perfect example of how a home can be green from the bottom up, while also being beautiful and functional. A HERS score of 21 means the home is approaching net zero in its energy consumption. Twenty-first century homebuyers are deeply engaged in being environmental stewards and we want to build homes they’ll be proud to own.”

Centrally located halfway between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. in Fulton, Maryland, Sage at Maple Lawn offers a spectacular selection of 19 single-family homes featuring 3000 square feet of living space, car charging stations, open floor plans, stainless-steel Energy Star-rated appliances and up to seven bedrooms. But the amenity that makes these beautiful homes truly special is what lies beneath.

Every Sage at Maple Lawn home comes standard with an ultra-high efficiency Bosch geothermal system, the most earth-friendly and economical heating and cooling technology in the world. For anyone who has wanted a geothermal home before, but was leery of the installation process, this new opportunity from Bozzuto eliminates the entire procedure and allows owners to enjoy the many cost saving and environmental benefits the moment they move in.

This is the first Bozzuto home community to have geothermal systems as a part of the standard construction plan and is the first production builder in the Mid-Atlantic to include it in the standard features package.

Geothermal systems are becoming more popular as consumers look for new ways to not only lessen their carbon footprint, but also take advantage of the substantial rebates and credits offered by the State of Maryland.

Those savings also extend to solar panel installation, another area where Bozzuto is taking considerable leaps forward. All Sage at Maple Lawn homes are solar-ready and able to accommodate a solar upgrade should the owner choose to add that amenity.

From under the home to above, homeowners will appreciate the efforts that have gone into ensuring that Sage at Maple Lawn will meets their unique needs and environmental expectations. With three different floor plans, four to seven bedrooms, and three to six bathrooms -- and a thriving community feel, prospective homebuyers can find what they are looking for.

Technologically advanced amenities such as home automation packages with intelligent, responsive thermostats, alarms, locks, and lighting further enhance the thoughtful design of the homes community. To help bring the outside in, owners can have an expansive multi-slide glass door that leads to fully customizable courtyard, creating a true extension of the home with a space to gather, play and relax.

Read more about geothermal heating and cooling.

Topics: Building Green, Certification / LEED, Connected Homes / Smart Homes, Geothermal Heating & Cooling, Heating & Cooling, Home Design & Plans

Companies: Energy Star

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