The tides are turning in housing as new innovations and smart design are becoming more widely available to the average consumer — some very exciting news!
Deltec is a company based in Asheville, North Carolina, that specialized in round hurricane-resistant homes.
Now, the company is launching a series of new homes from their Renew Collection that are extremely affordable and net-zero energy, meaning they ‘generate their own energy with photovoltaic solar power and solar water heating,’ according to Inhabitat.com.
The best part? These homes start under $100,000.
In association with Appalachian State University, Deltec created the ‘Solar Homestead’ which competed in the 2011 Solar Decathlon. This design is a part of the Renew Collection and starts at just $75,000 with no frills. But, it is a great step in the right direction for those who want to pay less for a home, simplify and reduce their dependence on traditional energy sources.
The Renew Collection: Solar-powered, clean energy, low cost
The Renew Collection will include homes that have photovoltaic solar power, which bascially just means these homes will be solar-powered by the sun. But the homes are designed in such a way that they will have minimal energy requirements.
These houses will have high-performance insulation, natural ventilation and solar shading to reduce heat in the summer and increase warmth in the winter.
In addition, each model will be outfitted with a solar water heater and, depending on the location of the home, solar energy may be sold back to the power grid.
Deltec is completely committed to clean energy as their factories are 100% powered by clean energry, and they recycle 80% of their construction waste.
One of the best parts? These homes can be put together in a couple of days.
I think homes like this will become the next big thing as people look for ways to save more for retirement, live simpler and reduce their energy dependence.