Fully electric homes – Solar PV powered — The mechanical system replaces the furnance with electric heating and cooling using energy recovery ventilation and heat pumps, controlled by air quality sensors. Solar Photovoltaics (PV) generate all required electricity.
Parks, Pathways and Community Places — Geos features a prolific pedestrian network, anchored by town squares and greens. They provide activity plazas and gathering spaces for all occasions, as well as play areas, gardens, and mailbox kiosks. All paths lead to the Ralston Creek Regional Greenway that connects to schools, recreation centers, down town Arvada and urban centers.
Pocket Neighborhoods — Geos includes many Pocket Neighborhoods, or clusters of homes gathered around a central landscaped commons. These enclaves foster uniqueness, neighborhood connections, and community. For more on Pocket Neighborhoods, visit pocket-neighborhoods.net.
Geos homes make you money from day one.
Net Zero Energy — Geos homes use “net-zero energy” from the utility grid. This means that the home is built so efficiently, that the rooftop solar panels produce as much energy as the house will consume over the course of a year. Depending on their size, the Geos home will save between $1,200 and $2,400 on utility bills in the first year compared to if the home were built to normal building codes. And as utility prices increase, the savings gets even better.
Cash Flow Positive in the First Year — The average Geos home costs about 8% more than the same home built to normal building codes. For Example, in the Geos Townhomes, if you incorporate the additional costs into your mortgage, your annual payment goes up by $1,092. If you subtract that from the annual energy savings, the Geos home is actually puts $228 back in your pocket in the first year!
|Yearly base mortgage||$17,532||$17,532|
|Efficiency & solar costs rolled into mortgage||$0||$1,092|
|Yearly energy cost||$1,320||$0|
|Total yearly cost (first year)||$18,852||$18,624|
Tax incentives — On top of all that, the interest on that $1,400 mortgage increase is tax deductible. And, many of the energy efficiency improvements at Geos qualify for Federal Tax Credits.
Cumulative savings with a Geos home:
Sustainable Materials — The finishing options are no and low toxic, and from renewable sources. Floors are bamboo, sustainably harvested wood, cork, and recycled content ceramic tile. Paint and finishes are no-VOC.