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Tour of Zero: A Virtual Walk in Homes of the Future…Today

Tour of Zero: A Virtual Walk in Homes of the Future…Today

Are you ready for a home that lives better, works better and lasts better? The home of the future – a better home – is available today! See for yourself at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Tour of Zero, a virtual walk through homes that are so efficient a renewable energy system can offset all or most of their annual energy consumption. These featured homes — constructed by a select group of the nation’s top builders — are independently certified to meet the DOE’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) standard for energy savings, comfort, health and durability. Four Addison Homes projects are spotlighted on the Tour of Zero: Willow Creek Home – a brick traditional designed for energy-efficiency, comfort and durability. Located in a popular golf course community, this beautiful home offers built-in benefits including healthier indoor air, significantly lower utility bills and fewer maintenance expenses for years to come. Cobblestone Home – a brick-and-stone beauty that’s a balance of form and function. The owners requested an elegant design in keeping with the neighborhood’s upscale aesthetics, but that’s not all – they wanted their beautiful home to be beautifully sustainable, too. So we blended traditional style with all the smarts of a high performance home. It won a 2015 Housing Innovation Award. InVision Zero SC – Trailside’s model home and winner of a 2016 Housing Innovation Award. As the first mainstream Zero Energy home in Greenville, it models a vision of sustainable construction that’s attractive, affordable and attainable. Built for maximized efficiency – achieved via the Zero Energy Ready Home program – this home incorporates solar shingles as a renewable energy...
Active House: A Holistic Approach to Better Building

Active House: A Holistic Approach to Better Building

Addison Homes is committed to better building – and the Active House vision fits our continuous improvement process. A European designation of optimal daylighting, indoor air quality and resource efficiency, Active House promotes healthier, more comfortable lives for homeowners while reducing negative impact on the environment. It’s all about resource-smart building practices that result in energy-efficient homes filled with plenty of natural light and fresh air. Our Zero Energy Model in Trailside is the first Active House-certified home in the Southeast. Its open ambiance and healthy atmosphere is enhanced via ample daylighting and natural ventilation through an abundance of VELUX-brand skylights, sun tunnels and roof windows. We like this designation because it advocates a balanced, holistic approach to building design and performance. The goal is to contribute positively to human health and well-being by focusing on the indoor and outdoor environment as well as the use of renewable energy. An Active House is evaluated on the basis of the interaction between energy consumption, indoor climate conditions and impact on the environment: ENERGY Contributes positively to the energy balance of the building: An Active House is energy-efficient, with energy supplied by renewable sources integrated in the building or from the nearby collective energy system and electricity grid. INDOOR CLIMATE Creates a healthier and more comfortable life: An Active House creates optimal indoor conditions for the occupants, ensuring a generous supply of daylight and fresh air. Materials used have a positive impact on comfort and indoor climate. ENVIRONMENT Has a positive impact on the environment: An Active House interacts positively with the environment by means of an optimized relationship with the local context, focused use of...
Planting Trees? Nine Simple Steps Help Them Thrive

Planting Trees? Nine Simple Steps Help Them Thrive

Fall is finally here — and once the leaves drop, it’ll be the perfect time for planting trees. The Addison Homes staff met with our friends at TreesGreenville to talk best practices for planting to ensure healthier, longer-lived trees. We learned that oftimes, people dig down too deep and/or mulch up too high – but in order for a tree to thrive, its trunk flare must be above the ground and surrounded by a mulch-free area approximately 1-2 inches wide at the base. Think of how kids draw trees: almost always, their pictures include the flares at the bottom — which is exactly how trees should look in real life. Read on for best practices when planting trees, from a brochure published by the International Society of Arboriculture: WHEN TO PLANT: Ideally, trees are planted during the dormant season — in the fall after leaf drop or in early spring before budbreak. Weather conditions are cool and allow plants to establish roots in the new location before spring rains and summer heat stimulate new top growth. Healthy balled and burlapped or container trees, however, can be planted throughout the growing season if given appropriate care. PLANTING STRESS: Balled and burlapped trees lose a significant portion of their root system when dug at the nursery. As a result, trees commonly exhibit what is known as “transplant shock.” Transplant shock is a state of slowed growth and reduced vitality following transplanting. Container trees may also experience transplant shock, particularly if they have circling or kinked roots that must be cut. Proper site preparation, careful handling to prevent further root damage, and good follow-up care reduces transplant...
Questions & Answers about Solar Power

Questions & Answers about Solar Power

Solar power is HOT! Many homeowners are curious about this increasingly popular trend. Residential solar power has enjoyed phenomenal growth in recent years, with those distinctive panels and shingles now a common feature on American roofs. Much of solar’s ever-increasing popularity is the result of hefty price reductions — an installed system costs less than half of what it did in 2006 — as well as generous government incentives. Not surprisingly, many of our clients wonder whether specifying solar power for their new home is a good investment. Here are brief answers to some common questions. Q: What types of solar power systems are available? A: While solar panels have long been a feature on rural homesteads — mostly in areas where the cost to run power lines is prohibitive – all of the systems Addison Homes installs are grid-connected. In effect, each solar array is a miniature power plant feeding the utility’s network. Q: How does grid connection work? A: A solar home draws power from its photovoltaic panels or shingles in daytime when the sun is shining. At night (or during the day when the home is consuming more power than the solar array can supply) it draws from the electric grid. When the solar is generating more than the home is using, the excess power flows back into the grid. Most states – South Carolina included — have net metering laws requiring the utility to reimburse the homeowner for electricity generated above what they use. Q: Will the solar array power my home if the grid goes down? A: Unfortunately, no. During a power outage, the solar power system’s...
Water Conservation Can Co-Exist with Summer Lawn Care

Water Conservation Can Co-Exist with Summer Lawn Care

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy. But maintaining our lawns during this hot, dry season – without singing the water conservation blues — well, that can be kinda hard. Summer’s rising temperatures coincide with rising outdoor water use. Here in Upstate South Carolina, our water consumption spikes to double, even quadruple what we use the rest of the year, primarily in an attempt to keep our lawns green and our gardens lush throughout the long, hot summer and into early fall. The average American family uses 320 gallons of water per day, a figure that may rise to 1,000 gallons or more per day in the summer. About 30% of the typical household’s water consumption is devoted to outdoor uses; more than half of that outdoor water is used on lawns and gardens. Nationwide, landscape irrigation is estimated to account for nearly one-third of all residential water use, totaling nearly 9 billion gallons per day. According to water conservation experts, some 50% of the water we use outdoors is wasted via wind, evaporation or runoff due to overwatering and/or inefficient irrigation methods and systems. With a goal of waste not, want not, keep the following water-saving tips in mind.   Simple Tips for Outdoor Water Conservation    There are a number of simple steps you can take to promote a healthier lawn and garden with less water this summer: Step On It: It’s usually not necessary to water grass every day just because it’s hot out. Instead, test your lawn by stepping on a patch of grass; if it springs back, it doesn’t need water.  An inexpensive soil moisture...
Earth Day is Every Day at Addison Homes

Earth Day is Every Day at Addison Homes

Happy Earth Day! This eco-friendly occasion – celebrated every April 22 since 1970 – is designed to raise environmental awareness. An estimated 1 billion people across the globe participate in Earth Day-related activities, making this annual observance the largest civic event in the world with an emphasis on recycling, energy-efficiency, water conservation and more. Addison Homes builds upon the belief that every day is Earth Day. We build all of our new homes to rigorous environmental standards such as Energy Star® and the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home program. These energy-smart homes are beautiful – and beautifully sustainable, too – meeting strict guidelines for resource-efficiency via effective insulation, tight construction and ducts, efficient HVAC equipment, and high-performance products such as windows, lighting fixtures, fans and appliances. These tried-and-true features increase homeowner comfort while decreasing energy consumption and reducing air pollution. Simply put, an Addison-built home provides higher performance at a lower total cost of home ownership, with the added benefit of protecting the environment. Whether or not you’re building a new home, you can celebrate Earth Day – today and every day – by becoming more energy-efficient, thus lowering your energy bills and reducing greenhouse gas emissions without sacrificing function, style or comfort. Here are some tips from our partners at ENERGY STAR:   AT HOME LIGHTEN UP. Change out the bulbs in your home’s five most frequently used light fixtures to bulbs that have earned the ENERGY STAR label, and save $70 per year in energy costs. GET UNPLUGGED. Remember to unplug electronics such as cell phones and MP3 players once they are charged. Don’t leave the adapters plugged into outlets...