Willet Family: a family home of over 4,000 sq.feet with a 18ft x 50ft. heated pool.
year built: 2001
Power Source: 24 solar panels plus panels to heat pool plus a battery bank to back it up as well as a 20 kw LP gas generator.
---Solar system runs indoor lights, microwave oven, refrigerator, washer, outlets, ceiling fans. Pool pump and heat is solar. Also, 120 gallon hot water tank is solar
---FPL's power grid runs other major systems
---Battery back up supplies the indoor lights, microwave over, refrigerator, washer, outlets, and ceiling fans as needed. The batteries are of the sealed variety to reduce maintenance. They require a ventilated space.
Building envelope: Walls are Insulated concrete block (ICF) reinforced with rebar horizontally and vertically every four feet. Insulation rating - R-30. Metal lathe on outside/ stucco/ elastic merit paint (usually used on commercial buildings, but is great at keeping water out.)
--Roof has waterproof membrane/ vinyl soffits with extra caulking and screws to hold them in place. Metal roof trusses (rather than wood)
Floor of attic is 1 inch blueboard/ 1/2 inch plywood/ 1/2 inch sheetrock. This allows workmen to walk in the attic.
--Windows: hurricane windows plus shutters. However, low-e glass was not available in a hurricane window at the time house was built.
--Soundproofing: 5/8 inch sheetrock and fiberglass between walls.
Insulation: closed cell spray foam/ attic insulation R-40
Water: all main lines are 1 inch pipes
--has city water and well water backup
--filters city water to remove chlorine, etc. Also, softens city water.
--All water pipes - hot and cold - are insulated.
--recirculate hot water so that it will be available throughout system.
--perimeter of house has trench filled with pebbles and pipe to drain water away from the foundation
Air conditioning system: Lennox units with 2 stage compressor
--variable speed a/c
--piped to drain water out of building
--media filter with ultraviolet light to prevent mold and dust build up in ducts and on coils
--ceiling fans everywhere
Options: whole house surge protector
--prewired sound system
--wired for computers and cable tv
--switches on all appliances to cut energy drain
Regrets: putting in a skylight and a solar tube as they are too expensive and created a break in the roof.