Production builder adds solar system for low HERS ratings

Production builder adds solar system for low HERS ratings

Model home rendering via Stanley Martin

A new model by Stanley Martin Homes recorded a HERS index of 29, the lowest ever for the company.

The model home in Charlottesville's Westlake Hill at Foothill Crossing achieved a 29 on the Home Energy Rating System Index, reflecting company's commitment to energy efficiency.

The Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index is the industry standard by which a home's energy efficiency is measured. It's also the nationally recognized system for inspecting and calculating a home's energy performance.

This new home is not only more energy efficient than any the company has built before; it is the first to feature a 5.2 kilowatt hour (kWh) Sigora Solar power plant on the roof, which enables prospective Virginia homebuyers to save money on energy costs while sustaining the environment and shaping the future.

Sigora also offers 8 and up to 12-kWh solar system installations, available for customization with the purchase of a Stanley Martin home in the company's Charlottesville Division.

"Overall, I believe that the time has come for solar," said Drew Holzwarth, president of the Southern Region at Stanley Martin Homes. "We get it. Energy efficient construction has grown, and will continue to grow in importance among the minds of Stanley Martin homebuyers, and so it's for that reason that we're furthering our commitment to green living every day."

Stanley Martin Homes builds Green Living homes that deliver more value to homeowners, with features designed to maintain comfort while maximizing sustainability.

Stanley Martin Green Living Homes Features

  • Carrier 14 SEER heat pump and 95% efficient gas furnace
  • Air Cycler ventilation system
  • Rinnai tankless water heater - Energy Star Rated
  • Ply Gem windows - Energy Star rated Low-E with Argon gas
  • Energy Star rated Frigidaire stainless steel appliances
  • LP Techshield radiant barrier roof sheathing
  • Mastic sealed ductwork
  • Dryline house wrap membrane
  • Closed-cell foam wall insulation
  • R-38 blown attic insulation
  • Low Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) paints and building materials for less odor and less impact on air quality
  • Kohler plumbing fixtures
  • Passive radon mitigation system
  • Honeywell programmable digital thermostat

Read more about building green.

Topics: Appliances, Building Green, Cost of Ownership, Energy Audits, Energy Star, Heating & Cooling, Home Design & Plans, Insulation, Paint | Low VOC and No VOC, Photovoltaic / Solar Panels, Solar Power, Thermal Envelope

Companies: Carrier, Honeywell International Inc., Kohler, Rinnai

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