Newest Zero Energy Home in Bend Underway

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Another Zero Energy home in the Bend, Oregon neighborhood of NorthWest Crossing broke ground this month, featuring advanced green features and energy conservation measures.

The Bend real estate team that initiated the first Zero Energy home in NorthWest Crossing last year has now launched another. Situated on a bright corner lot in the neighborhood, the home is being constructed by SolAire Homebuilders and underwritten by investors and environmental activists Joe Emerson and Ann Brayfield. It will be listed for sale jointly by The Garner Group Real Estate and GoBend Realty. Construction has begun and the home will be complete in time for the 2012 COBA Tour of Homes in July.

“We received a lot of feedback from the first Zero Energy project, especially during the 2011 Tour of Homes,” explained David Sailors, GoBend Realty broker. “As a result, this home has a more elegant and spacious floor plan than the Zero Energy home from 2011. It will accommodate a different segment of the market.”

The three-bedroom, single-level home uses advanced green construction techniques, mechanical systems and energy monitoring technology. With 1,878 square feet of floor space, plus a 160-square foot unheated flex room, the home was designed by Neal Huston & Associates Architects of Bend. A signature element of the floor plan is a large south-facing courtyard recessed into the structure. Screened from the street, it provides a comfortable and private outdoor living space.

The Zero Energy concept focuses on energy conservation and generation measures that are modeled to bring consumption of electricity from the power grid to zero when seasonal utility demands are leveled out over the course of a year. A computerized home energy monitoring system gives the owner real-time consumption data and calculates the debit or credit status. With many energy efficient features built-in, the home also receives electricity and hot water from a 7,030-watt solar array.

To find out more about this Zero Energy home, contact Alison Mata, alison@thegarnergroup.com, at The Garner Group Real Estate or David Sailors, dsailors@bendbroadband.com, at GoBend Realty. Both Sailors and Mata hold the Green Broker designation from the National Assn. of Realtors Green Resource Council.

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