What do you mean when you say you're building a net-zero home?
Prudent Living Net-Zero Homes are designed and built so that the total amount of energy used by the building on an annual basis is roughly equal to the amount of renewable energy created on the site. Of course, homes will need to take into account human behavior and needs during the design, construction, maintenance, and operation stages in order to achieve net-zero energy use. The Net Zero design is based on average energy consumption of a typical family, and built so that the amount of renewable energy created on the site, and used by the home’s residents, balances out on an annual basis.
What building elements create a cost premium in the construction of a Net Zero home (in comparison to a home built to 2015 Energy Code minimum standards).
Generally, these items include the ICF Foundation, Advanced Framing, Triple Pane Windows, Enhanced Insulation and Air Sealing, Plumbing/HVAC/Electrical Requirements, and Renewable Energy (Solar).
What is the typical payback period for building net-zero?
To recoup the investment, it may take as long as 8 years, but our analysis shows that such homes are able to offer owners a positive return from day one. For instance, when the monthly cost of energy (such as oil and electricity) is compared to the increased monthly finance cost associated with building to net zero standards, the ownership cost of the net zero home is often significantly less.
If my Utility goes off-line, can I still heat or cool my house?
Just as any house that is using conventional heating could go “off line” for a period of time, so might your Net Zero home. We always recommend the purchase of a back-up generator for any such emergency.
What is the difference between a high performance and net-zero home?
A high performance home is one that is extremely efficient, but does not eliminate utility costs (although any such costs will be very low). A Net Zero home is a high performance home with renewable energy added to eliminate the utility costs. At Southscape, the source of renewable energy is solar.
Can you explain to me the tax credits or tax deductions that exist for becoming energy independent?
On these particular homes there is a 30% Federal Tax Credit for the cost of the solar array.
Can I change my Southscape floor plan? What if I do not like the 3 available plans?
For a small design fee, Prudent Living, Inc. is willing to make adjustments to the floor plans. However, the exterior of the home cannot be altered.
Can I choose the exterior color of my house?
Yes, you can change the siding color. There are 11 colors available for siding.
- Autumn Yellow
- Desert Tan
- Heritage Cream
- Light maple
- Sandstone Beige
- Savannah Wicker
- Sterling Gray
- ( Download color chart here)
White trims and black shutters remain the accent standard for this community of homes.
Can I upgrade interior features?
Yes. There is a wide range of upgrade features available.
Is there a Homeowners Association in place at Southscape?
Yes. Currently, monthly Association fees related to Pullman Lane snow removal, lawn mowing, landscaping, Spring and Fall cleaning, capital reserve funding and common taxes is estimated at $125.00 per month.