Senergy Homes banks on energy efficiency to sell homes
Most prospective home buyers look at a home’s price tag to determine its affordability and may not look beyond interest rates, down payment and monthly payment. An existing home for $145,000 may seem like a better deal when compared to a brand new home for $165,000, but it’s important to look at more than just the monthly payment, especially when that new home is built by Senergy Builders.
An existing home may come with baggage – dirty carpets, an evaporative cooler that works only sometimes and leaky plumbing. A new home by Senergy comes with fresh paint on hand-textured walls, new energy-efficient appliances and an Energy Star HERS rating, which gives buyers an estimate of what their utility savings will be and should also give buyers the assurance of knowing that their home has been inspected by an objective third-party rater at several critical points during construction. Senergy uses Energywise for Energy Star rating and consulting.
“There’s so much science to it,” said Gus Reeves with Senergy. “I’m shooting for a HERS around 58.”
A HERS index of 58 would mean the home’s utility bills should be 42 percent less than a home built according to code.
Building science is constantly changing, with new building materials and methods being used, especially by builders who are on the cutting edge of energy-efficiency. Senergy Builders decided to use a stem-wall foundation for the homes at KC Farms using Quad-Lock insulated concrete forms, which allowed the company to put an additional two inches of foam insulation on both the exterior and interior walls.
“It creates a conditioned space under the house,” Reeves said. As part of the Energy Star specifications, air quality is paramount. A Panasonic fan continually circulates fresh air throughout the house.
The first completed home at KC Farms, 505 Travis Court, has 1,401 square feet, with three bedrooms, two baths, a flexible room that can be a home office or a family room and a two-car garage. The next home at 503 Travis Court, has 1,524 square feet, with three bedrooms and two baths. The master suite at 503 Travis Court is larger, with a walk-in closet. The kitchen, dining and living room are all open and a bit roomier.
Both homes have vinyl siding outside with a brick facade in front. Vinyl fencing on the side yard is also included, as is exterior landscaping and underground sprinklers in the front yard. Because the subdivision does not have irrigation water, grass is kept to a minimum.
There are 11 total lots at KC Farms. Christi Reece with Bray Real Estate received an offer on the first spec home last week, and Senergy will begin construction on another home in the neighborhood as soon as the first sale closes.
“We’re getting a lot of viewings.” said Reece. There are five different floor plans that will be used in the subdivision, so potential buyers who like the look of the development may be able to choose a plan that suits their lifestyle.
Senergy is still waiting for final plat approval from the city of Grand Junction for the next phase of construction at Halls Estate off 24 1/2 Road. The company has not yet determined whether it will go forward with infrastructure construction at the development. There could be an additional 18 single-family homes and one four-plex at Halls Estate.