Miller Unveils Second Zero-Energy Home in Tucson
Longtime green builder John Wesley Miller on May 7 unveiled his company’s second zero-energy home in Armory Park del Sol, a 97-unit infill development in Tucson, Ariz.
The house was built in partnership with the NAHB Research Center and Building America, the building technology program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. It joins the builder’s first zero-energy home, which was built three years ago and produces 85% of its own electricity, averaging a monthly utility bill of about $15.
The opening of the new zero-energy home included a presentation of the Arizona Innovation Award by state governor Janet Napolitano to the John Wesley Miller Companies.
“This is a perfect example of the type of innovative work going on in Arizona,” Napolitano said. “For years now, John Wesley Miller and his company have been ahead of the curve in efforts to build green.”
Miller, a founding member of the NAHB Green Building Subcommittee of the Construction Codes and Standards Committee, was honored with NAHB’s Green Building Advocate of the Year award in 2002.
The new house features all Energy Star-rated appliances, a 6.93 kw photovoltaic system, a solar hot water preheating system, R-38 fiberglass insulation in the ceiling and dual-pane, argon-gas-filled windows.
The HVAC system is based on a 17.6 SEER-rated, dual-compressor heat pump — made even more energy-efficient with a programmable thermostat and all ducts installed in conditioned space. Outdoors, the home features native landscaping and low-water use plants and a rainwater harvesting and storage system.
The home also includes universal design features like step-free entryways, extra-wide hallways, no-slip tile floors, levered door and faucet handles and a roll-in shower with bench.
The three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath home has granite countertops and cherry cabinets in the kitchen, an attached studio-workshop and a three-car garage.
The home received a “gold” rating under the NAHB Model Green Home Building Guidelines and was certified by Tucson Electric Power.
For more information, e-mail Calli Schmidt at NAHB, or call her at 800-368-5242 x8132.
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