The home itself is fairly simple in design.
It is a modern-looking contemporary home with combination stucco and lap siding exterior. The overall look of the home could be found in any subdivision in Florida. Perhaps the only tell-tale sign of its true extreme energy-efficient nature is the white metal roof.
The Satsuma home was recently certified as the first site-built Energy Star home in Putnam County. Jason I. Sheffield, a state-certified building contractor and owner of The Ivey Group, built the home for Clay Electric Cooperative members Dave and Kathy Kudlo.
While this house is the first official Energy Star home Sheffield has built, he is no stranger to extreme energy efficiency. In fact, Kilowatt readers might recall the home that was featured in the May 2009 issue. That home, which Jason helped construct, belongs to his parents. While not officially Energy Star, it is also extremely energy efficient and features a photovoltaic system and a geothermal heat pump.
More about the R-38 Building Envelope:
This Energy Star Home features Quad-Lock's R-38 TMO (Thermal Mass Optimized) insulated concrete forms using 2.25" regular panels on the interior and 4" extra panels + regular panels on the exterior. This configuration optimizes the use of the thermal mass capacity of the concrete core.