Control4 Supports Florida Green Home Design Group in Quest for Developing “The Greenest Home in America”
What does green mean to you?
For some, it may be as simple as the purchasing of organic and vegan products or making sure to turn of the lights in an unoccupied room, while for others it’s much greater than that, involving technology, smart appliances and alternate sources of fuel.
There are many reasons why consumers opt for a greener lifestyle, ranging from the longing to live a healthier, cleaner lifestyle, to the realization that there are cost-cutting benefits to investing in green home technologies. Recently, the National Association of Home Builders, released figures from a survey of multi-family builders and developers, where 74% of respondents said that their buyers and renters are willing to pay more for green amenities – and following this trend comes an exciting new project located in Miami, Florida.
2020 Alton Rd. is the latest green home project led by Florida Green Home Design Group, LLC (FGHDG), which is currently tracking well above the required point threshold as it actively pursues a Platinum LEED rating. With a combination of green building practices and smart home technology, 2020 Alton is projected to become the greenest home in the country, if not the world.
Helping 2020 Alton reach this level of energy efficiency is the use of photovoltaic solar panels, vertical axis wind turbines, geothermal heating and cooling as well the most advanced insulation, lighting, energy management, landscaping and green building technologies. With so many moving pieces to account for, a Control4® smart home solution will act as the brain that monitors and controls all of 2020 Alton’s eco-friendly systems.
“Control4 is excited to collaborate with Florida Green Home Design Group and their partners; we view this as an exceptional opportunity to highlight how our solutions can create effortless control with environmental consciousness,” said Jim Arnold, Senior VP of Sales at Control4. “Integration of Control4 products, in this one-of-a-kind green home, opens your eyes to what is possible when you combine high tech with a positive environmental impact. We are proud to support FGHDG on this exciting project.”
Through the programming and installation of a customized Control4 system, 2020 Alton has the ability to deliver whole-home communications, enabling the management, monitoring and control of various aspects critical to the home’s functionality, via dedicated user interfaces and smart devices, such as an iPad.
With a simple press of a button, the homeowner can activate the large drop down projection screen, allowing TV viewing from the pool, while also cuing up their favorite playlist, dimming the lights and managing the integrated pool pumps, all before their finger leaves the touchscreen. It is the Control4 software that helps blend luxury, convenience, and a green lifestyle by combining convenient technologies – such as one-touch control over lighting, audio and video – with an energy management system, helping the home maintain a connected lifestyle while conserving energy.
Additionally, to enhance the sustainability of the property, FGHDG is working with Two Trails green consultant, Drew Smith, whose guidance has helped 2020 Alton develop into a “NET ZERO” home, signifying that its systems alone produce enough power to run the home without taking energy from the grid. In fact, the meter will spin backward and the homeowner will supply the grid with surplus power, resulting in received credits on each monthly bill.
Pursuing a LEED certification is no easy task, achieving the necessary qualifications and approval can be rigorous. LEED certification is available for all building types, including new construction and major renovations, and is a point based system where building projects earn LEED points for satisfying specific green building criteria. Within each of the seven LEED credit categories, projects must satisfy particular prerequisites and earn points. There are 100 base points, 6 possible Innovation in Design and 4 Regional Priority points – 2020 Alton is currently on target for a Platinum LEED rating, which requires 80 points or more.
Whether it’s the expected savings or environmental impact, many homeowners are showing interest in earth-friendly, uncomplicated and healthy homes. With the development of 2020 Alton, the project gives homeowners an opportunity to see what leading a sustainable lifestyle really means by showcasing innovative green building practices, eco-friendly materials and tech-savvy home automation. With the ability to effortlessly control and monitor lights, temperature, shading and more, a greener, smarter home has never been more attainable.
2020 Alton’s final LEED standing will be verified upon completion this fall. To learn more about 2020 Alton visit www.2020alton.com.
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