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Great Green Home | Pebble Creek by DP Construction

July 14, 2017

Builder Dow Perry’s goal was to build a home that costs the same and looks the same as nearby homes in Prattville, Alabama, but far outperforms them. By all accounts, the high-performance custom spec home he built at the Pebble Creek development was successful. “We were able to sell a home that performs better than any home in the neighborhood for less per square foot than what a lot of other new homes in our area sell for, and we still had enough profit for it to make good sense,” said Perry, who estimated the home cost $1.60/ft² more than typical local homes, an added cost he says he did not pass on to the consumer.

This was Perry’s first home built to the criteria of the U.S. Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Home program and the home was selected as a 2016 DOE Housing Innovation Award winner. The home achieved a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) score of 45. A typical new home built to code would score a HERS 80 to 100. The efficient home should cut energy bills nearly in half for its home owners, with expected yearly energy bills of $1,124, or less than $100 per month. Not bad for a 3,021-ft² home.

Read more about this home by clicking on the images below.

Project Data:

  • Name:Pebble Creek
  • Location: Prattville, AL
  • Layout: 4 bdrm, 2.5 bath, 2 fl, 3,021 ft2
  • Climate Zone: IECC 3A, hot-humid
  • Completion: November 2015
  • Category: Custom spec

Modeled Performance Data:

  • HERS Index: without PV 45
  • Projected Annual Energy Costs: without PV $1,124
  • Projected Annual Energy Cost Savings (vs home built to 2009 IECC): without  PV $910
  • Projected Annual Energy Savings: without PV 12,912 kWh
  • Added Construction Cost: $1.60/SF

The images and information in this gallery were provided by the U.S. Department of Energy. See more great green homes like this one at the DOE Tour of Zero.



Topics: Building Green, GREAT GREEN HOMES

Companies: U.S. Department of Energy


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