Originally Published in the Winter Park Home Magazine: Issue 2, 2013
Our new home is very energy efficient, but some people have asked why we weren’t able to achieve Net-Zero Energy use for the home. The simple answer is that it would have cost a lot more money up-front and would involve the installation of photovoltaic panels.
Originally Published in the Winter Park Home Magazine: Issue 1, 2013
My family recently moved into our renovated home in Maitland. The project was quite extensive and involved a full gut to the wood framing of the home. A renovation of this scope provided the opportunity to update and upgrade the look of the home, replace all mechanical systems, and improve efficiency of water and energy use. Many of the green building ideas we addressed in our full-scale remodel are applicable to any size project though. Below is a quick summary of topics that we addressed:
Originally Published in the Winter Park Home Magazine: Issue 3, 2012
My wife and I are in the middle of a major renovation of a home in Maitland for our family. One of the goals for the home is to achieve a bright and warm feeling, so we felt lighting was a critical component. The home has vaulted wood ceilings with exposed beams through a majority of the home, so lighting selections proved to be tricky. We learned some interesting lessons as we balanced our priorities of lighting design, light quality/color, energy efficiency, with costs.
My father recently received an email with an expected arrival date for his new Tesla Model-S electric car. Years after placing the order for the car, it finally hit home that the car was on its way. He told me that I would need to add an electric circuit in his garage to charge the car. This got me thinking about garages and how they are frequently overlooked when discussing green building. This article will briefly review some important environmental aspects that apply to many garages in Winter Park.
My previous article on Getting to Net Zero sparked some interest in the specialized photovoltaic solar array we are preparing to install at the project on Pine Avenue, so I wanted to go into more depth on the system. To refresh your memory, we are installing a 13,455 watt solar array which incorporates three unique products that offer several advantages over traditional systems. The three primary components include the: Florian canopy structure, Sanyo HIT Double 195 photovoltaic modules, and SolarEdge inverter system.
There’s excitement building on Pine Avenue in Winter Park. Excitement, because the area’s first Net Zero Energy home is under construction. The Home, 4,565 square feet under air, but offering a staggering 8,000 square feet of overall living space, is designed to not only fit in beautifully to the Winter Park neighborhood, but also to offer its owner a customized living space, all while drawing zero net energy from the City’s grid. Read More
Originally Published in the Winter Park Home Magazine: Issue 4, 2011
I recently started construction on a new home behind the YMCA on Pine Avenue in Winter Park. My client desires a home that re-uses numerous building materials, minimizes the use of drywall and wood, maximizes water and energy efficiency, and results in net-zero energy consumption. Our primary goal is to focus on energy conservation and then offset the electric consumption through the use of photovoltaic (PV) panels. In this article, I will summarize some of the building techniques we implemented to get to net-zero energy.