Brookfield Residential designs sustainable model home in DC metro

  • The home's design will save resident around $2,100 annuals in gas and electric bills.
  • The PureBlue home's energy-savings features add at least $105,000 to the cost of the home.
  • Brookfield has a community of townhomes in Glen Burnie that come standard with solar panels.

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Near Bristow, Va., publicly traded homebuilder Brookfield Residential has created what is being dubbed as one the most energy-efficient model homes in the D.C. metro area. Referred to as "PureBlue," the 4,100-square-foot home is a souped-up version of the builder's Edison model. The energy conservation features incorporated into the home's design will save residents around $2,100 in gas and electric bills annually compared to standard-performance neighborhood home of similar size, according to Elliot Seibert, senior building systems engineer for Steven Winter Associates (SWA), a research and consulting firm. SWA, along with Mark Leahy of Pinnacle Design, aided Brookfield in creating a balance between the home's efficiency measures and solar panels so net-zero energy goals could be obtained. Sustainable home features The PureBlue model cuts its heating and cooling loads via the integration of SIP wall panels, triple-pane windows and an energy recovery ventilator, accordin...