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October 28, 2009
Dear Florida Green Homes:
I am reporting on my testing during the building of your homes. I am a HERS Rater. My license is managed by the Florida Solar Energy Center (www.fsec.ucf.edu/en/) and certified by National Residential Network (natresnet.org). This is a national energy rating standard that is a scale of 1-100. The lower the score the better. I inspect your homes during the construction process and test them at the end to see if you built to the standards of efficiency we predicted. I put all these inputs into a computer modeling software that builds a energy usage model of your homes. This result is certified by FSEC and a final certificate is produced showing the score and predicted savings over the “average” Florida home.
Your homes, all models test out at a 40% total energy savings over the standard, conventionally built Florida home and over 50% savings on total heating and cooling cost. As an example the Palm tested at around $960 per year in energy cost down from about $1600. This depends on each family living habits, and comfort ranges. One factor that will not affect them is Hot Water, because you have harnessed the power of the Sunshine State’s Sun as a free hot water!!!! These homes are ventilated with fresh air, to keep fresh air in the home and any air-borne contaminates removed. Because of your advanced ultra-Energy Efficient building methods all of your models are totally comfortable and efficient.
I look forward to a very long and prosperous relationship that helps Florida families get the best possible home that is Healthier, Quieter, and more Energy Efficient .
Florida Rater Number 933
Stirling Sotheby's International Realty
Stirling Sotheby's is proud to represent Florida Green Homes. Florida Green Homes has created a product that synonymous with the Stirling Sotheby's brand of high quality! No where on the resale market can you find a home that comes with the following certifications:
Every owner of a home built by Florida Green Homes LLC. receives certification by the following organizations:
“Working with Jeff and his company has been a pleasure due to his passion for building fully certified green homes!”
Concierge Sales Executive
World Marketing Center
Stirling Sotheby's International Realty
Florida Power and Light
“Florida Green Homes firmly believes that regardless of price, size or location, all buyers want their builder to deliver value and now all Florida Green Homes are FPL BuildSmart-certified Energy Efficient .”
A World of Green, LLC
Green Home Certification:
“Our Company, A World Of Green, is working with Florida Green Homes on certifying three homes in Palm Coast, Fl. As Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) Registered Certifying Agents it is a pleasure with a builder that strives to build environmentally friendly, healthy, cost effective, beautiful homes for their clients and embraces FGBC Green Home Guidelines in order to seek FGBC Green Home certification. They also adhere to Florida Yards and Neighborhood guidelines to create water efficient, low maintenance, and drought tolerant landscaping.
Colleen and Jan Byrnes
Owners of A World Of Green, LLC
FGBC Registered Certifying Agents
St. Johns River Water Management District
Florida Water Star® homes certification:
The St. Jones River Water Management District (District) has certified the home located at 76 Eric Dr, Palm Coast, Fl., 32164, as a Florida Water Star® home. This home has met the requirements of the Florida Water Star® program in all areas. You have fulfilled the requirements of your contract and District appreciates your efforts to protect Florida’s water resources.
This Florida Water Star® home has been built and landscaped to a high standard of water efficiency, thereby saving both water and money for the homeowner. This commitment to qualify and sustainability helps ensure that adequate supplies of water will be available for future generations.
Deirdre A Irwin,
Florida Water Star® Coordinator
UF/IFAS Flagler County Extension Service
150 Sawgrass Road
Bunnell, FL 32110
Phone: (386) 437-7464
Fax: (386) 586-2102
October 16, 2009
Jeff Vasilevskiy, President
Florida Green Homes, LLC
145 Cypress Point Pkwy., Suite 201
Palm Coast, FL 32164
Dear Jeff and Staff,
It has been a great pleasure to work with you, your staff and landscape contractors on creating and demonstrating how a home can in fact have a “Florida Friendly” landscape and be aesthetically pleasing.
Your model homes that have been certified through the University of Florida IFAS Extension Florida Yards and Neighborhoods program have been a great example of what can be accomplished when you focus in on the basic principles and plant selections in the FY&N handbook.
We look forward to continuing to work with you on future landscape programs.
Ruth A. Micieli
Ruth A. Micieli
Horticulture Program Assistant, II and Master Gardener Coordinator
Flagler County Extension Service
Soga Enterprises Corp
We maintain and clean model home on 76 Eric dr. We usually go there twice a month to do a touch up cleaning and I was very impressed when I came back to clean the model two weeks after our first visit and I’ve noticed that there was no dust! I even asked the owner of the house if there was someone else who came in to clean between our visits. I’ve been in this business for many years, but I’ve never seen anything like that! The house stays dust free for more than 2 weeks! It’s a miracle!
Soga Enterprises Corp
Submitted by Phillip Difani in Rogers, Arkansas
By Khara Dizmon, ConcreteNetwork.com managing editor
When talking about his newly built concrete home in Rogers, Ark., Philip Difani lights up. Amidst product features and benefits you might hear on an insulated concrete form (ICF) brochure, Difani can pitch a concrete home better than all of them. That's because he's not trying to sell them. Rather, he's living the benefits of an ICF home firsthand. And his enthusiasm for all an ICF home has to offer is contagious. Here's a glimpse at what has him so animated and why his wish is for everyone to be aware and able to live in an ICF home.
From Phillip Difani:
Why Build Any Other Way?
This is our second home built of ICF. Why build any other way? As a matter of fact the ICF will warp your sense of construction because it is superior to anything else as far as I know. When I look at upscale homes being built of timber I just can't believe our society has not advanced any more than that.
Why I Love My ICF Home
Efficiency and durability were the reasons I chose ICF. I compare it to a giant styrofoam cooler and a bank vault.
ICF construction is ultra-efficient, extremely strong and durable, sound proof, more termite resistant, and you have a window seat in every window!
You have 8" centers vs. the national code of 16" centers which allows for easy drywall attachment. The list goes on.
As for efficiency, we had a record winter here in Northwest Arkansas. On February 9th we had 22 inches of snow followed by -18 degrees F actual temperature the next day!
When we moved into our new home we learned the first night that the heating units were not connected from previous maintenance. It dropped to 4 degrees F that night outside and the inside temperature went down to only 59 degrees. That's efficient!
With 6 inches of rebar re-enforced concrete walls we can sleep peacefully on the stormy nights knowing our family is safe.
Again, in my opinion, the ICF construction is superior to any other construction and my hope is more people can experience and enjoy ICF as I do.
You Owe It to Yourself to Consider Concrete
For whoever is considering a new home or building, you owe it to yourself to pursue the ICF construction.
The construction is fairly simple but as with everything else needs to be done right! There are a number of ICF companies and contractors so take the time to research each one in choosing the right one for quality construction.
With my experience, satisfaction, and demand for quality, it is my goal to serve as a consultant in the industry when needed.
ICF Homes and Air Exchangers
By Mark Ross
Concrete and ICF buildings provide a key element in control of the indoor environment and air quality. Never before has a building envelope been able to be constructed, with such ease, and with near zero infiltration rates. This results in a building which can separate indoor and outdoor air volumes. Effectively, the building functions as a “plastic bag”. Air Exchangers Can Provide
Superior Indoor Air Quality
Reduced Respiratory Issues
Better Humidity Levels
Lower Spore Counts
Higher Oxygen Levels
Infinite Air Flow Control
These contaminants come from many different sources. Cleaning products, household chemicals, or paints stored in the utility room which can produce high localized concentrations of dangerous air born contaminants. Dust, pet dander, and cigarette smoke also accumulates unless properly vented to the outside.
Luckily, it’s easy to eliminate these pollutants. Air exchangers, Energy Recovery Ventilators (ERV) or Heat Recovery Ventilators (HRV), can help ensure that you and your family have a healthy indoor air quality.
HRV/ERV technology is typically utilized to control humidity, and almost all installations include humidistat’s, or other air quality sensors to control indoor humidity and/or air quality levels.
Air exchangers also help by moving air within the structure, which serves two important functions. First, it reduces localized elevated humidity and/or contaminant levels. Smaller enclosed spaces such as closets, baths and laundry rooms, tend to have elevated humidity levels comparative to areas such as second bedrooms. Secondly, air circulation helps avoid the “heat and humidity stack effects”.
By using air exchangers to replace stale inside air with fresh outside air, which can easily be further purified with air scrubbing and/or filtering, we eliminate contaminants, reduce humidity, improve air circulation, and ensure carbon dioxide does not build up to unhealthy levels.
Mark Ross owns Architectural Residential Technologies, Inc.
Material from icfmag.com