That's the new "near-net-zero" four-bedroom home built by Wayne Intermill, owner of Hi-Point Home Builders and locally affiliated with the national G.J. Gardner Homes company.
Priced at $525,000, the 3,900-square-foot house is at 1561 Gold Hill Mesa Drive.
An analysis of its energy-saving amenities - which include geothermal climate control, water-usage efficiencies, a photo-voltaic solar system, radiant floor heat, even environmentally friendly paint - shows that on average a family living there would spend only about $55 a month on utilities, Intermill
, who has been in the business since building his
own house 16 years ago, started gravitating toward modern energy efficiencies about eight years ago when a customer asked him about installing a geo-thermal system (in which fluid piped in loops more than 300 feet below the ground uses the constant temperature of the earth toward providing heating or cooling).
The more Intermill researched, the more he
got interested in the possibilities - plus, he
started finding a market for such homes.
"I'm not a tree-hugger," he
"But there are ways we can conserve what we have.
We've got to give something back to Mother Earth.
And this is the way of the future."
For the Gold Hill Mesa house, Intermill
decided to take his
efforts a step further and try to get a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, offered through the U.S. Green Building Council
"Those are pretty strict specifications you have to meet," he
Also, the water-saving technologies he
built in allowed his
house to meet the "pretty strict specs" of the Environmental Protection Agency's
(EPA's) "Water Sense" standard.
Gold Hill Mesa
readies for Parade of Homes
However, Gardner noted that every significant "green" amenity a builder puts in adds to the price of a house.
For example, the Gold Hill unit has received a "near zero" rating (13) from the EPA's
Energy Star rating system, but to get to zero "it would be very expensive," Intermill
The geothermal alone represents an investment of $64,000, he
This week, though, he
happily reported that there has been keen buyer interest in the Parade house, also that Intermill
recently presold a similar near-net-zero house of smaller size elsewhere at Gold Hill that he
has not even built yet.
Intermill said he enjoys working with Gold Hill Mesa, which is in contrast to other big developers who find customized homes an intrusion.
"I'm definitely doing more here," he