NetZero Homes

A Red Hawk NetZero home is not just a “green home” or a home with solar panels. It combines advanced design and superior building systems with energy efficiency and on-site solar panels to produce a better home.

Red Hawk NetZero homes are ultra-comfortable, healthy, quiet, sustainable homes that are affordable to live in.

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All exterior framing of a Red Hawk home is of 2×6 construction and is wrapped with an airtight barrier to virtually eliminate outside air from entering the home through the walls.

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Red Hawk energy conservation features: Standards and Upgrades:

  • Standards – Insulated windows and doors, LED Lighting, Deako light switch receptacles and Solar Ready
  • Upgrades – Blown in Cellhouse or Foam Insulation, Mini-Split HVAC, Hybrid Water Heater, Deako Smart Lighting energy management, Energy Efficient Appliances, Solar Panels.

Many conservation features are Standard to the Red Hawk homes. You may choose to add the NetZero upgrades to any Red Hawk home.

  • Insulation – add blown in cellulose or foam insulation.
  • Heating and Cooling System – Highly-efficient, cost-effective, heating and cooling systems are essential to meeting the NetZero energy goal. The Mitsubishi air source ductless mini-split heat pump is the answer. Each room is individually heated and cooled. These systems are highly energy efficient and don’t have the shortcomings of central, forced-air systems or the high costs of thermal heat pumps.
  • Hybrid Water Heating – Water heating is the second largest energy expense in a zero-energy home after heating and cooling. The Red Hawk NetZero upgrade includes the Rheem 60-gallon Hybrid Water Heater which provides heated water at 40% of the cost of traditional water heating. Also included in the water heating upgrade is a motion sensed hot water recirculation system. Walk past the motion sensor located in each bathroom and hot water is delivered to the Red Hawk NetZero home in just 3 minutes. Hot water on demand!
  • Windows and Doors – Well insulated windows and doors are the third most cost-effective strategy for making a home energy efficient. All Red Hawk homes come standard with dual pane insulated windows and doors.
  • Energy Efficient Lighting – LED lights are standard in a Red Hawk home. LEDs are energy efficient and last many years longer than other lighting options.  LEDs meet a variety of lighting needs from very bright white light to soft, warm light. Selecting the right LED lights for the task, locating lights strategically, and utilizing natural light can drastically reduce a home’s energy use. 
  • Deako Smart Lighting energy management – The Deako Simple Switch is standard throughout a Red Hawk home. Every simple switch can be upgraded to smart Deako inserts. Make your home smarter to fit your evolving needs. All Deako Smart inserts are available at Amazon. Upgrade as you learn more about your lighting use habits.
  • Energy Efficient Appliances we recommend energy star KitchenAid energy efficient appliances
  • Solar Ready – All Red Hawk homes are “solar ready” with pre-installed conduit routed to the best location for the solar array. The Red Hawk lots of 2 acres or more provide ample open space for a solar array. Avoid solar panels on the roof because adding solar panels to your home’s roof means higher maintenance costs because the panels must first be removed for roof maintenance and roof replacement.
  • Solar Panels – Now for the final touch to achieve NetZero. Add Grid-tied solar photovoltaic (PV) panels that currently provide the most cost-effective form of renewable energy for the Red Hawk NetZero home. A solar array sized to offset the energy consumption of a Red Hawk home is the final step to a NetZero home. The solar array can power all the energy needs of a Red Hawk NetZero home including lighting, heating and cooling systems, appliances and hot water.

For peace of mind, all Red Hawk homes are Energy Star rated. A home energy rating involves an analysis of a home’s construction plans. Based on the home’s plans, the Home Energy rater uses an energy efficiency software package to perform an energy analysis of the home’s design.

This analysis yields a projected, pre-construction Energy Rating Index. Then, the energy rater conducts onsite inspections of the Red Hawk NetZero homes to assure the construction of the home meets the specifications defined in the construction plans. On site tests and inspections include a blower door test (to test the leakiness of the house) and an HVAC efficiency test. Results of these tests, along with inputs derived from the plan review, are used to generate the Energy Rating Index score for the home.

The Energy Rating Index is a scoring system established by the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) in which a home built to the specifications of the Energy Rating Reference Home (based on the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code) scores an Energy Rating Index of 100, while a net zero energy home scores an Energy Rating Index of 0. The lower a home’s Energy Rating Index, the more energy efficient it is in comparison to the Energy Rating Reference Home.

Each 1-point decrease in the Energy Rating Index corresponds to a 1% reduction in energy consumption compared to the Energy Rating Reference Home. Thus, a home with an Energy Rating Index of 85 is 15% more energy efficient than the Energy Rating Reference Home and a home with an Energy Rating Index of 80 is 20% more energy efficient

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