This 3,300 s.f. home was built in 1998 and is located in an energy-planned and environmentally sustainable subdivision, “South Sun Estates on the Lake” near Rogers, AR. The home is passive solar designed and fabricated with insulated concrete forms (ICFs), The home has been tested by a certified HERS rater to measure and assure the air-tightness of the home. An energy recovery ventilator (ERV) is used to assure indoor air quality (IAQ) for the occupants. In 1999, this home was the EnergyValue Home of the Year—a competition sponsored by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) Research Center.
Their utility bills average $17.99 per month which is the utility company’s base fee per month. The owners both drive EVs so their utility bill includes Sunshine to power their cars. The video, which is part of this preview, includes additional details and photography.
The home is planned for “aging-in-place” or what the owners refer to as a “Home for Life”–so the homeowners can age-in-place–rather than go to live with relatives or to a nursery home.