(This is a sponsored post from Wallingford realtors Kris Murphy and Daniela Dombrowski)
Maybe you have noticed the new construction view home at 3508 Meridian Ave N on your strolls through the neighborhood. It is a 5 bedroom/3.5 bathroom home with over 4,200 sf of living space on a 7,200 sf lot (a football field by Wallingford standards)*. So you may wonder how can a large home like this be green, energy efficient and have a responsible carbon footprint.
What is an energy performance score?
The energy performance score (EPS) measures the estimated total energy usage (electricity, natural gas) of this home for one year. Like MPG for a car purchase, it gives the new owner a projection of how much it will cost to operate the home. This 4,200 sf home measured out at 16,000 kWh/yr, almost half of the average Seattle home at 28,000 kWh/yr, and 1,700 sf, or less than half the size. This is well below the 2020 City of Seattle target of 22,400kWh/yr. The previous, smaller, home that was on the property used more than twice the energy with 39,000 kWh/yr!
The carbon score measures the total carbon emissions based on the annual amounts, types and sources of fuels used in this home. This score came in at 5.3, which is significantly below the Seattle average of 8.8. At current utility pricing, the annual cost to operate the home is estimated to be just over $1,100 a year.
Conclusion: At 2.5 times the size, it takes 43% less energy to live in this home compared to an average Seattle house, with a 40% lower carbon footprint than the average Seattle home.
How is that possible?
The advanced construction methods and materials, as well as the HVAC system provides for this efficient performance. Below are a few highlights:
- Advanced air-sealing to prevent air leaks
- Knauff EcoBatt insulation made from 62% recycled glass
- Low-E windows to prevent overheating
- Duct-less heat pumps – 265% efficient
- Heat/Energy Recovery Ventilation – air exchange with minimized energy loss
- Energy Star rated appliances
Want to learn more and see these innovative systems in action?
Come by this Sunday, January 25th, 2015 from 1-4pm. Meet the builder, Green Canopy Homes, and find out more about upcoming projects, including a net-zero project to be built in Wallingford later this year. Also learn about custom options the builder can offer. This will be the last opportunity for the public to see this home before the happy new owners take possession.
* According to MLS data this listing is the highest priced sale in the neighborhood on record.
Kris Murphy and Daniela Dombrowski are Wallyhood Sponsors and Real Estate Brokers who live and specialize in the Wallingford and Green Lake neighborhoods. They practice out of the Keller Williams Greater Seattle office located on the corner of Stone Way and N 45th St.
Kris Murphy & Daniela Dombrowski
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Keller Williams Greater Seattle
1307 N 45th St, Suite 300