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Post 1 made on Friday June 17, 2011 at 13:44
The News Monster
March 1999
Power House of Energy Efficiency
By Grant Clauser
Control system and 14-kW solar array help achieve record energy efficiencies.

It’s one of the most energy-efficient and green homes in the United States, but some of its high-tech energy-saving features would not be possible without a full-blasted home control system from Elan Home Systems.

The “Power Haus” in Sarasota, Fla., claims the lowest HERS (Home Energy Rating System) score in the United States, a negative 22, which means the house produces more energy than it uses. (A score of zero means it produces all its own energy.) The house also scored 118 LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) points, making it one of the highest-scoring LEED homes in the country.

A large part of making the home so energy-efficient was the green building techniques of custom homebuilder Josh Wynne, president of Josh Wynne Construction. Wynne filled the walls with super-efficient foam insulation, coated the topside of the interior’s elegant tongue-and-groove ceiling with spray foam insulation and installed a Uni-Solar Flex-Lite solar array that covers more than half of the roof and produces 14.2 kilowatts of electricity.

Efficiency Through Simplicity
Managing many of the home’s energy-saving systems, such as the LED (light emitting diode) lamps and the state-of-the-art heating and cooling systems is the IP-based ELAN g! Home Control System.

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Post 2 made on Thursday December 29, 2022 at 15:05
Junior Member
December 2022
This info is so great to know, especially in 2023 while there's an energy crisis. A lot of friends of mine are looking for ways to conserve as much energy as possible for their homes, going as far as to hire window cleaners who only use mechanical and analogue methods. Alas, in the winter it's hard to stay warm without electricity, especially as most new houses being built these days don't have fireplaces.

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