The Village At Fox Run is the newest community at the Owl’s Nest Resort & Golf Club. When it’s completed, ten detached single family homes, clustered together to preserve surrounding green space, will sit on the top of a ridge oriented to the west for maximum exposure to sunsets and spectacular mountain views.
What’s truly different about Fox Run is the commitment made by the developer to preserving energy; reducing carbon emissions; lowering the projects carbon footprint and using renewable energy – - all actions that speak louder than words about Owl’s Nest’s dedication to becoming a truly green and sustainable community.
Fox Run is offering its buyers a full Energy Star Certified building program centered around options like super insulating the homes and preventing infiltration of outside air. Insulation values like R-53 in the ceilings and R-28 on exterior walls are key factors in achieving Energy Star status when the local electric utility makes its final inspection to qualify the home for attractive tax credits and cash rebates.
The next option for Fox Run owners is the installation of the revolutionary Acadia air-to-air electrical heat pump for heating in the winter and reverse cycling for cooling in the summer. This system can achieve fuel savings in the vicinity of 70% over gas and oil fired systems. There’s no fossil fuel combustion and no danger of carbon monoxide emissions with the Acadia system. The unit is so efficient that it can extract heat out of outside air temps as low as minus 30 degrees fahrenheit.
Fox Run is also paying attention to energy from the sun by installing an optional Sunda solar domestic hot water heating system that should supply 80% to 90% of the hot water needs of a Fox Run 4-bedroom, 3 ½ bath home.
Lastly, because Fox Run sits high on a ridge with an open exposure to winds from all directions, the developer is offering each buyer a wind turbine option. The unit of choice is a 30-foot tall vertical axis, Windspire as manufactured by Mariah Power. Its nominal production is 2000 kWh per year, but the openness of the Fox Run site may allow an even greater level of production. When operating, the virtually silent wind turbine will be turning the home’s electric meter backwards building up a credit for use when the wind’s not blowing.
A cost summary for all four options fully installed in a Fox Run home are shown below along with the current tax credits and rebates available for each of the four options. Tax credits that have no value to foreign nationals from outside the US may be used by the builder or the developer and may result in a lower installation cost for one or more of these options. A purchaser may choose some, but not all of the various options, but be aware that not choosing one option may result in a lower rebate on another option. Lastly, be aware that all credits and rebates are subject to cancellation or modification without advance notice.
*To qualify for the Acadia Heat Pump rebate of $4,000 from the New Hampshire Electric Co-op, the home must also meet full Energy Star certification.
For more information on each of these Green & Sustainable Options, go to the following websites:
www.gotohallowell.com (click on “About Acadia”)
www.mariahpower.com (see Wind spires)
Just as Owl’s Nest has prided of itself for building the first PGA quality course in New Hampshire’s White Mountains back in 1998, we are equally proud to announce our entry into the field of green and sustainable home design and construction.
Beginning with the development of The Village At Fox Run, a joint venture with our development partner from Great Britain (the UK), New England Concepts, Owl’s Nest is now offering ten detached single family homes to both the US and UK markets that will pay much more than lip service to the goal of building homes that will fully comply with the National Association of Home Builders’ Energy Star Certification program.
But Energy Star building specs are just the beginning! An optional package that includes solar panels for supplying domestic hot water *, short tower, residential scale, vertical axis wind turbines ** and lastly, ultra efficient, air to air Acadia heat pumps that can cost effectively draw warmth out of zero degree Farenheit outside air for heating in the winter and then reverse cycle itself for inexpensive cooling in the summer months*** will be available to all the buyers of homes at Fox Run.
In addition to being the right thing to do for our world’s future generations, not to mention saving the homeowner many thousands of dollars in energy expenditures, right now there are tax credits and cash rebates from the US Government, the State of New Hampshire and our local electric utility, New Hampshire Electric Cooperative. All three options, solar power, wind power and the Acadia heat pump will cost the buyer aproximately $25,000 US Dollars up front and above the base purchase price of their new home, but depending on the buyers’ tax brackets, $15,000 to $20,000 US Dollars will come back in the form of cash rebates or tax credits resulting in a net investment of $5,000 to $10,000 U.S Dollars. The payback on this net outlay could happen in less than five years.
For UK buyers, Owl’s Nest will apply their share of the tax credits to the all in purchase price of the new home and the cash rebates will go directly to the buyers. As non-US citizens, tax credits won’t help you folks from the UK, but cash rebates are attractive whatever your nationality.
The energy saving technologies available to the homes at The Village At Fox Run have been in use in New England for several years, so Owl’s Nest is confident of their reliability. Obviously every home will have backup energy sources in the form of electricity and gas, but the ultimate goal at Owl’s Nest is to build a house that is a net zero consumer of electric power and gas without sacrificing quality and comfort. The new homes being built at Fox Run may come very close to attaining this goal.
And, just imagine watching your own home’s electric meter running backwards each time the wind blows. Those days may be right around the corner. Contact the Master Developer at Owl’s Nest, Tom Mullen, at 603-726-3076 ext 219 or email him at email@example.com for more details.
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