Shea Offers Energy Efficiency Guarantee

The new home market in Arizona has been hit hard by the recession, and mega-builder Shea Homes is looking to hook reluctant homebuyers with an energy-efficient guarantee, according to the Arizona Republic: if your new home at the The Village at Litchfield Park doesn’t meet energy targets, Shea will refund the difference (and audit your home to find out where energy is being wasted).

There are 67 home sites currently available at the development south of Camelback Road in Litchfield Park (in West Valley of the Greater Pheonix area). The homes come in six floorplan designs and square footages ranging from 1,721 to 2,766, with all homes situated on “oversized homesites.”

The Village at Litchfield Park

image via Shea Homes

Like two of Shea’s previous developments in Gilbert, Arizona, these homes bear the Energy Star seal for enery-efficient appliances–unlike those developments, they feature cathedralized insulation for improved efficiency (hence, the guaranteed energy costs).

Green features beyond this at the The Village are limited, as the development is more focused on the standard Valley attractions, such as golf, basketball courts and proximity to shopping (although solar package options are available). Prices start “in the high $160,000’s.”

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

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