Proud Green Home Bets on Energy Efficiency and Solar Power
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Serenbe, a community located just south of Atlanta (GA) has an ambition: to live sustainably. They build houses with sustainable methods, produce organic food and have incorporated the Proud Green Home concept to help it achieve its goal use energy efficiency as well. The pilot home officially open ed on Saturday, August 17. The plans are to monitor the usage of the home once the family moves in, providing the developers with vital information on the project's efficiency.
Serenbe’s drive towards sustainability is what encouraged Luis Imery, founder of The Imery Group and designer/builder of Proud Green Home, to make Serenbe the home of their net zero project. The data they collect there will impact future building projects that aim for increased sustainability as the focus on net zero homes continues to grow.
The project partnered with residential designer LG Squared to provide creative support in building the ideal home, and also included a number of LG Electronics products, which is a major “ENERGY STAR Technology Provider” for the Proud Green Home. The range includes the ENERGY STAR “Most Efficient” qualified LG refrigerator, washing machine, LED TVs, LG HVAC system and PV panels. According to Imery, the Proud Green Home at Serenbe required the most energy efficient systems to make the net zero goal a reality.
Starting with heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), LG’s new Multi-V Mini ductless system minimizes energy use while providing maximum interior comfort. “Environmental sustainability is a core business principle at LG Electronics,” says LG Electronics USA President and CEO Wayne Park. “The Proud Green Home is a perfect example of what can happen when like-minded companies and individuals come together to do something great for the planet. We’re proud that LG ENERGY STAR products and solar panels helped make this project a reality.”
LG’s sustainable appliances and systems cover insulation, PV solar panels with selective emitter technology, which improves the solar cell efficiency and simplifies the manufacturing process. LG’s own “surface passivation” technology reduces the electrical loss at the solar cell surface. With LG’s advanced surface treatment technology absorbing more sunlight, the power output of the photo-conversion function is much greater than conventional multicrystalline solar cells. A 3-door French door refrigerator, which won the ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2013 designation is also included. Other appliances include an oven, microwave, steam washer and dryer and TV sets.
“The Proud Green Home, at first, it’s a home,” said Chris Laumer-Giddens, the home’s architect. “Efficiency isn’t just about elements, but how does it perform as a piece of the community?” The ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday was attended by nearly forty people, including the designers, builder, manufacturers with products used in the home and those whose who made the project happen.
To follow the progress of the Proud Green Home, visit the Imery Group website.
Image credit: Imery Group