New Hope Township, North Carolina — Green Home For Sale

Platinum Level LEED for Homes, Gold Level NAHB National Building Standard. Traditional Brick Ranch with Attached Two-car Garage+Workshop. 17.623 Acres with Pastures, Woods, Streams, Springs, and Views of the Brushy Mountains. One+ hours from Charl


Listing ID: 19114


  • Accessible Home
  • Green Home

Asking Price (USD) $385,000
Annual Property Tax $1,602
Annual Utility Cost $720
Home Area 2,404 sq ft
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms 2
Total Property Area 17.6 acres
Year Built 2009

Property Description

Our “Mean Lean Dream Green Home” in New Hope Township in Iredell County, North Carolina was completed at the end of 2009. Our home has been certified as the third home in the state of North Carolina to achieve the Platinum Level LEED for Homes™ certification and the second home in the state of North Carolina to achieve the Gold Level NAHB National Green Building Standard™ certification. According to the Department of Energy’s E-Scale, our home’s 52 HERS rating is indicative of the fact that this “average home” will use about half the energy of a home built to code, thus resulting in our home being one of 2,500 homes nationwide to meet the Builders Challenge™. Our home is also Energy Star™.

In order to achieve these high-level certifications, we incorporated features that focused on sustainable living, water and energy efficiency, the use of environmentally preferred products, recycled material and local, healthy, hypo-allergenic products.

Our "mean" 2404 square foot traditional ranch with 2209 heated square feet incorporates many of the “desired” features for the typical home of the future as described by the National Association of Home Builders. Our home has four bedrooms, two of which currently serve as our offices, French doors that open to the living space, two bathrooms, an open living space with kitchen, eating area and family room, a screened porch, expansive rear patio and front porch.

Our large 736 square foot, heated, two-car garage also includes a workshop, equipped with 400 amp service. We also chose to use a “cradle to grave” and universal design so many of the features in the home are elderly-friendly and hand-capped accessible.

We incorporated “lean” features as well. Our home faces True South and utilizes passive solar technologies. It was designed with the proper-sized overhangs, so that the winter sun comes through the front windows but the summer sun does not. We also chose to use a concrete floor in the house which acts as a heat sink, collecting heat during the day and throwing heat off at night in the winter months. Our average monthly utility bill with abnormally hot summer and extremely cold winter is $72.90.

In addition, the south facing exposure, allowed for the easy installation of two solar panels which heat over 85% of our hot water. Likewise, our water distribution system uses a centralized manifold allowing for ease of maintenance. In addition, our landscaped gardens use native, drought-tolerant plants and shrubs as well as a 1,700 gallon BRAE™ rain-catchment system to achieve greater water conservation. 90% of the lot has been left as vegetative landscape which the neighboring farmer harvests to feed his cattle!

We chose to purchase Kohler™ and American Standard fixtures that are very high-efficiency. The low-flow, WaterSense™ faucets are less than 1.5 gpms, showers are less than 1.75 gpms and the Dual Flush Toilets are less than 1.1 gpf. The water heater is a Rheem Energy Miser©.

The HVAC systems governing the heat and air conditioning as well as the ERV (Energy Recovery Ventilator) and the fans through-out the house were designed and installed keeping optimizing performance in mind. The garage is equipped with air conditioning and air exchange.

Both bathrooms are equipped with a humidistat. The house has a Seer 16.5 Air to Air heat pump.

The HVAC ductwork is constructed with solid galvanized pipe, wrapped with R-8 insulation and sealed with mastic.

Each room has a cold air return for complete air exchanges resulting in better heating/cooling and eliminating dead air.

We chose to use ClimatePro™, a Johns Manville blown-in fiberglass insulation product. The R-Factor in the attic is R-38 and R-29 in the walls. There is less than a 2 degree variation when the HVAC is turned off for 48 hours.

We believe that the combination of upgraded blown-in insulation, 2x6 finger-jointed studs, advanced framing techniques, exterior foam sheathing, radiant barrier roof sheathing and the overall tightness of the structure made for our high-performance, energy-efficiency home. Our Blower Door test yielded one of the lowest scores on record.

We spent more than two years researching products that could be used in the home. Our traditional brick ranch uses 92% recycled brick on the exterior and fireplaces. What appears to be a simple fireplace between the living space and the master bedroom is a Lennox™ model, with outside air supply, which has helped to heat the house as well. All paints, primers, caulking, sealers, glues are No or Low-VOC. The ceiling fans in each room are Energy Star™ and all light fixtures use compact fluorescent bulbs. The appliances through-out the house all exceed the Energy Star ™ standards.

We are very proud of the decision that we made with respect to the green kitchen. While visiting a cabinet-maker, we noticed pieces of wood on the floor. When we inquired about the wood, we were told that it was Ambrosia Maple, a “scrap” wood that is used for interior furniture, not as cabinet doors. We both loved the unusual markings and patterns in the wood. We eventually convinced our cabinet maker to not only use the wood on kitchen cabinet doors but on the fireplace mantles and bathroom cabinet as well.

Additional kitchen features include: stainless steel Energy Star™ Whirlpool Gold appliances, Wilson Art kitchen counters that are locally produced with no-urea formaldehyde adhesives, kitchen cabinet boxes that are Pure Bond Plywood Columbia Forest Products, locally produced with no-urea formaldehyde adhesives and kitchen cabinet doors that are Ambrosia Maple, locally grown with no-urea formaldehyde adhesives or finishes.

Our traditional home with attention to details not only satisfies our dream but the new American Dream . . . a home that is affordable, attractive, high quality and low maintenance, as well as sustainable, efficient high-performing, healthy and hypo-allergenic!


What makes your home a Green or Healthy Home?

Green Designations
1) The third home in NC to be awarded Platinum Level LEED for Homes
2) The second home in NC to be awarded Gold Level NAHB Standard
3) One of 2,500 homes in the country to meet DOE Builders Challenge with a HERS rating of 52
4) Energy Star Home

Overall Features
- Home is completely Hypoallergenic
- Etched and Sealed Decorative Concrete Floors
- Passive Solar Design = House Faces TRUE South for Warmth in the Winter and Cool in the Summer
- Seer 16.5 Air to Air Heat Pump with ERV and each room has a cold air return for complete air exchanges resulting in better heating/cooling and eliminating dead air
- Electric Bills average $72.90 per month (Unusually Cold Winter and Hot Summer)
- Prewired for future PV or Micro-hydro System

Interior Features
Doors and Windows
- Jeld Wyn Windows with Ideal High Solar Heat Gain Factors and Ideal Low U-Factors on South, North, East and West facing windows for North Carolina’s climate
- Matching eight-panel doors through-out the home
- Eight-Panel glass solid wood doors to allow light through-out home
- Eight-panel solid wood pocket doors for all but Hall, Linen and Pantry Closets

Walls, Ceilings and Floors
- All Interior & Exterior Walls are covered with no-fly ash drywall
- Paints, Primers, Caulking, Sealers, Glues are No or Low-VOC
- Etched and sealed decorative concrete floor

Fixtures and Appliances
- See-through Fireplace in Living Room and Master Bedroom, fed with outside unconditioned air through vent
- Fireplace mantles constructed of Ambrosia Maple
- Fireplace face constructed of same recycled brick used on outside of home
- Savoy Ceiling Fans in each room are Energy Star™ compact fluorescent bulbs
- Savoy Light Fixtures in each room are fitted with compact fluorescent bulbs

Bathrooms
- American Standard™ Dual Flush Toilets are High Efficiency
- Kohler™ Water Faucets are Low-Flow, WaterSense™ and High Efficiency
- Kohler Water Faucets meet ADA requirements
- Oversized two-person bathtub in the Master Bath
- Standard one-person bathtub - ADA compliant in Guest Bath
- Both Bathtubs are insulated to extend the time that the water stays hot
- Both Bathrooms are blocked for ADA compliance and are elderly & handicap-accessible

Kitchen
- Stainless Steel Whirlpool Gold appliances are Energy Star™ and High Energy Efficient
- Kitchen Counter is High Definition Wilsonart, locally produced with no-urea formaldehyde adhesives
- Kitchen Cabinets boxes are Pure Bond Columbia Forest Products, locally produced with no-urea formaldehyde adhesives
- Kitchen Cabinet Doors are Ambrosia Maple, locally produced with no-urea formaldehyde adhesives or finishes
- Kitchen cabinet drawers fully extend for easy access
- Two Farmer Sinks meet California Health Standards
- Recycle Center in one lower Kitchen Cabinet

Exterior Features
- Light-colored Recycled Brick Exterior to avoid Heat Sink Influence
- Light-Colored Roof to avoid Heat Sink Influence
- 1,700 gallon Rain Catchment System captures run-off from north side of roof
- Rain Garden-Ready to capture run-off from south side of roof
- Outdoor Shower
- Non-Invasive Native Drought Resistant Plants, Shrubs and Trees in landscaped gardens

Additional GREEN Construction Features
- Footings contain NO Fly Ash
- 8” and 12” Foundation Block contains NO Fly Ash
- 6” Reinforced Concrete Floor contains NO Fly Ash
- Septic Tank contains NO Fly Ash
- Radon Remediation
- 1” Styrofoam Laid on Top of Gravel Subfloor
- Heavy Gauge Clear Plastic Covers 1” Styrofoam
- Exterior Walls Constructed with Finger Jointed 2”x6”’s
- Advanced Farming Techniques used for Framing Construction
- Exterior Walls are Insulated with Johns Manville Climate Pro (R-4.23/inch) between Studs (R-23.265)
- Exterior Walls are also insulated with Dow’s SIS 1” Blue board (R-5.5/inch) on Exterior Side of Studs
- Interior 2x4” Studded Walls are Insulated with Fiberglass R-13 Batts
- HVAC Ductwork is Constructed with Solid Galvanized Pipe
- HVAC Ductwork is Wrapped with R-8 Insulation
- HVAC Ductwork is Sealed with Mastic to Prevent Air Leakage
- HVAC System is Hooked Up to an ERV (Energy Recovery Ventilator)
- Hot Water Tank is a Rheem Energy Miser
- Two Platinum 4X8 Solar Panels Supplying 85% of Hot Water
- Ideal roof pitch for maximum performance of Solar Panels
- Solar Hot Water System is a Closed Loop Glycol System
- Attic insulated to R-38
- Pull-down attic stairs
- Attic Blanket Seals Attic Access
- Plenty of storage space in Attic
- Bladder Tank, Hot Water Tank and Water Distribution Manifold reside in a conditioned attic space. Provides 132 Gallons of Water if electricity is interrupted
- Garage is conditioned by separate HVAC Unit
- Garage has a 3 Full Air Exchange Ventilation System


Neighborhood Description

Our Mean Lean Dream Green Home is located in rural New Hope Township in Iredell County in North Carolina.

The home is just south of the second designated viticulture area in North Carolina known as Swan Creek Wine Country.

Given that New Hope Township is a rural community, the home is surrounded by highly wooded areas, large farms, mini-estates and horse farms.

We are minutes from Union Grove, Harmony and Love Valley, which is nationally-known by horse-lovers.

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Market Area

Despite the rural setting of New Hope Township in Iredell County in North Carolina, our home is one+ hours from Charlotte, Winston-Salem, North Wilkesboro and Hickory.

Likewise, we are less than two hours from the NC mountains and 4 hours from the shore.

We are less than 25 minutes from Mooresville, the home of NASCAR and major shopping centers.

The closest shopping is 15 minutes to Statesville, an up and coming city in the state.


School District

North Iredell


Community

Friendly close community. Mainly a farming area with the Horse Capital of North Carolina, Love Valley only 3 miles away.


Home Type or Land

Single Family - Single Level


Location of Home or Land

Rural


Elevation of Home

Other


Building Details

Air Quality

Agriculture in Area Yes
Industry in Area No
Air Pollution in Area No
Pesticide Free Yes
Fragrance Free Yes
Cleaned with Green Products Yes

Interior Environment

Heating System Forced Air - Heat Pump
Cooling System Conventional Heat Pump
High Efficiency Heat Pump
Passive Cooling
Ventilation System Other
Whole House Filtration HEPA filtration
Whole House Vacuum No

Home Energy Ratings

Home Energy Rating System (HERS) 52
Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) Rating: -
Type:

Energy & Water

Energy System Municipal Energy
Water System Rain Water Collection
Well
Wastewater System Septic System

Construction Information

Construction Type Masonry/Concrete
Wood Framing: 2x4, 2x6, etc.
Exterior Finish Masonry
Interior Finish Gypsum Board - Sheet Rock
Wood - Solid
Interior Paint Low VOC
Floor Material Concrete
Roof Material Asphalt Composition Shingle
Window Material Metal Dual Glazed
Insulation Material Fiberglass

Garage / Car Port

Garage / Carport Yes
Garage Type Attached
Number of Cars 2
Garage Area 736 sqft