There aren’t a lot of new homes being built in the United States these days, but those that are rising from the recession’s ashes have a better chance than ever of being energy efficient. Case in point: Beazer Homes, among the nation’s largest builders, has brought its eSMART houses to Indiana, opening a model home in the Indianapolis suburb of Fishers.
The green house, plunked down in a development called South Avalon Estates, takes advantage of air sealing, increased insulation and—perhaps most importantly—maximizing the efficiency of the HVAC system to realize energy savings in the the cooler Midwest climate, Beazer said. The company claims its eSMART homes in the Indy area are “up to 44 percent more energy efficient than comparably sized houses” built less than a generation ago.
“Roughly half of a home’s energy usage goes to heating and cooling,” Bruce Craig, president of Beazer’s Indianapolis new homes division, said in a press release. “By placing the entire HVAC system in conditioned space, we’re able to gain much greater operating efficiency. Less energy is wasted, which drastically cuts heating and cooling costs.”