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The Eco-Bio dynamic E3D Home has been designed and certified to surpass the most stringent energy and environmental standards set by the EPA and Energy
Building Codes in America today. These sustainable homes far exceed those building standards ...while at the same time providing:
The advantages of homes with efficient uses of space exceed basic economics. Such dwellings change the way people live and are attractive to people who want to lead a less cluttered and complicated life. Smaller homes represent not just a reduction in dimensions but emphasize design over size. They incorporatetechnological advances of space and energy-saving equipment, fixtures, and appliances. Also, they maximize every square inch of space!
This term describes any structure that produces more electrical energy each month and year than it consumes. Every E3D Home built is Net-Zero Energy efficient! This is achieved by using the latest in cutting-edge residential and commercial designs and solar-grid technologies.
E3D HOMES SUSTAINABLE DESIGN
Near-Zero Water Usage
Home water use varies considerably, depending upon the number of people in a household, plumbing fixtures, appliances, and other factors. The largest water
users in the home are toilets, clothes washers, faucets, and showers. About 41% of indoor water use in a home goes toward flushing the toilet and 33% goes to
bathing! E3D Homes have the most water-conserving appliances and fixtures that exist. A partial list includes WaterSense, EnergyStar, and Stealth Technology
Nearly-Zero Maintenance costs
Over time, annual maintenance costs average 1% to 3% of a home’s initial price. Without regular upkeep, overall property values are affected …and most lending institutions agree. That means owners of a typical $125,000 home should plan to budget $1,250 to $3,750 per year for ongoing upkeep and replacements. With these costs in mind, E3D high-performance homes are designed and built to have Nearly-zero maintenance costs over its 100 + year lifetime. The homes have steel roofs, stucco exteriors, and no wood trim.
But to design a sustainable E3D Home our ambitious teams had to first determine which were the most expensive areas in a home toconstruct, maintain, heat and cool - to keep the home affordable! What spaces in homes were seldom used? Could certain rooms and/ortheir sizes be reduced or eliminated. Could changes be made without sacrificing high-performance, superior quality, health, safety andcomfort, energy efficiency, security, and sustainability? How could every square inch of space be used more efficiently?
Our teams found that by using European and old-world designs, bathroom costs could be greatly reduced. The bath is by far one of the most expensive rooms tobuild, maintain, heat and cool. Especially when you consider the master bath is only used a few hours a day …and guest bathrooms are seldom used. In the USA, two, and sometimes three garages can be built for the cost of one average-sized master bathroom. All of these questions had to be addressed when designing and building a smaller, high-performing and sustainable home …a home with no monthly, or annual electrical utility bill, that's affordable to 57% of new home buyers ...an E3D Home!
Exactly what does "Sustainable" mean?
The term “sustainability” is often thrown around in discussions about the environment. However, not everyone is certain about the meaning of sustainability. Most dictionaries define “sustainability” as the ability to continue an action without the risk of failure or collapse.
In environmental terms, sustainability implies that an action can be continued indefinitely with little, or manageable, impact on the environment. Because the healthof the environment is closely linked with the health of society in general, sustainable practices ensure that the Earth's resources will be available for future generations to enjoy, and that there will be an Earth to enjoy them on. Sustainability aims to balance the needs of human societies with the needs of theenvironment, preserving both for all creatures on Earth to make use of and enjoy.
A strong, well-built home is sustainable because it is able to stand-up to the environment indefinitely.