What is a sustainable home? Everyone has a different definition. The Living Lab in South Carolina has been striving to be a model for sustainable living. I also like to see what others are doing to create more sustainable and eco-friendly developments. Consider a new development on Florida’s Gulf Coast.
Hunters Point luxury homes are certified LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum, and are net-positive, meaning they each generate more energy than they consume, and provide a “grid free” experience while annually saving 8 tons of CO2 that would otherwise be emitted.
Currently under development, Hunters Point has about 19 homes already built, and several closings underway. Construction began this past summer. Hunters Point will be completed with 86 homes and resort units, as well as 47 dock slips.
This net zero community includes technologies through Pearl Homes’ coined concept of the ARYE home: residences are completely equipped with Q.ANTUM solar panels that recycle the sun’s rays; a sonnen battery management system that stores and manages energy in the most efficient way possible; electric vehicle charging stations; and many features such as intuitive voice automation that learns your preferences over time from lights to temperature control.
Each Pearl Home generates more power than the owners consume, at the same time saving the environment CO2 that would otherwise be expended annually from the home.
The homes are also designed to be resilient to the conditions where they were built—which is so important today. Even with the possibility of climate events like Hurricane Ian wreaking havoc on Florida’s Southwest coast, Hunters Point has been designed to withstand even the most intense storms without any power outages.
The homes in the community are reliant on what is called The Collective, which is a system in which a home can rely on their neighbor for energy and vice versa. They are also run independently, meaning they do not rely on any state-powered grid.
It is an interesting concept—to build an entire community that work together as a cohesive system to keep the lights on even in the most extreme weather conditions. I would love to revisit the community in 10 years and see how the concept comes to fruition for all of those who lived there. Are you curious?
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