EcoSmart Program

A Comprehensive Solution

EcoSmart is an innovative approach to real estate development which combines advanced technologies, partners, products and construction methods to deliver zero-energy-capable homes at an affordable price. It’s a comprehensive solution made up of several components designed to create significant value for real estate developers and home builders, save natural resources and dramatically reduce homeowners’ energy costs.

GeoGrid

The heart of the EcoSmart program is the GeoGrid, a geothermal district system that uses the earth below our feet to heat and cool the home. Geothermal heat pumps reduce energy consumption for space conditioning by up to 70%. Installed during the early phases of the development, the GeoGrid becomes part of the infrastructure, similar to the community-wide water, sewer, and electric utility lines. For the underground vertical and horizontal geothermal piping, EcoSmart is using a polyethylene piping product, which comes with 50 years of warranty against any breakage.

Geothermal Heat Pumps

A geothermal heat pump uses thermal energy stored in our GeoGrid to heat and cool the house using standard ducted ventilation. Importantly, the entire heat pump unit is installed in the house andeliminates any noise pollution in the outdoor living spaces! And we’ve taken the technology one step further by using it to provide domestic hot water, further reducing energy consumption. ESS is only using geothermal heat pumps build by leading manufacturers and they are all Made in America.

Solar PV

Electricity generated by solar PV panels on individual homes or in community solar fields on your development helps make EcoSmart homes zero-energy-capable. The solar PV systems are custom sized to each home plan to optimize the offset of electrical consumption and maximize savings. The installation is easy and can be integrated into any standard roof construction.

Google Nest

Using smart home technology, the Nest family of products is designed to optimize energy use according to each homeowner’s schedule while safeguarding their home itself. The ‘Works with Nest’ program serves as the portal to smart homes, integrating more than 10,000 products. The EcoSmart solution includes the Nest Learning Thermostat, Nest Hello, Nest x Yale Door Lock and Google Home Hub .

Bosch Home Appliances

Bosch high-efficiency refrigerators and dishwashers are German-engineered for unsurpassed performance and ENERGY STAR compliance. Forged in cutting-edge stainless steel, these outstanding appliances consistently earn top rankings for quiet operation and resourcefulness, making it a pleasure to cook at home.

Less Taxing On The Environment & You

With EcoSmart all homeowners are currently eligible for tax incentives available for both solar and geothermal systems. Homeowners can receive a tax credit for their home’s solar photovoltaic (PV system), as well as a tax credit on the geothermal equipment that is on the lot and in the home. This includes the ground-source heat pump (including installation) that drives the geothermal heating and cooling system in each home. The current federal tax incentive (ITC) allows homeowners to currently write off 26% of the value of both systems, which could total between $6,000-$10,000* depending on the size of the home.

Smart and Resilient

ESS provides optional solutions for energy storage and energy monitoring. And your homeowners are empowered to live smarter and more independent.

Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Certification

All homes within the ESS program come with a HERS Certification. A certified and independent Home Energy Rater assesses the energy efficiency of each home, assigning it to a relative performance score. The lower the number, the more energy efficient the home. The U.S. Department of Energy has determined that a standard new code-built home is awarded a rating of 100. For example, a home with a HERS Score of 70 is 30% more energy efficient, and a home with a HERS rating of 50 is 50% more efficient. With ESS, the HERS score is generally estimated to be lower than 25 which makes your homes among the most energy efficient in your market. Our residents have consistently experienced significantly reduced utility bills.

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Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Certification

All homes within the ESS program come with a HERS Certification. A certified and independent Home Energy Rater assesses the energy efficiency of each home, assigning it to a relative performance score. The lower the number, the more energy efficient the home. The U.S. Department of Energy has determined that a standard new code-built home is awarded a rating of 100. For example, a home with a HERS Score of 70 is 30% more energy efficient, and a home with a HERS rating of 50 is 50% more efficient. With ESS, the HERS score is generally estimated to be lower than 25 which makes your homes among the most energy efficient in your market. Our residents have consistently experienced significantly reduced utility bills.

EcoSmart Warranty and Service Program

Peace of mind comes standard as part of the EcoSmart program. We have negotiated some of the longest product warranties in the industry – from the geothermal heating and cooling system right down to the smart home components we provide.