Contributed by Premier Properties of Southwest Florida Inc., Realtors
The first “green” Montelena model by BCB Homes is available pre-construction in Estuary at Grey Oaks. This Stofft-Cooney Architects design encompasses 5,287 square feet of living area, and 7,789 total square feet, including terraces and a three-car garage.
The benefits of this green home include lower operating costs, a healthier interior environment, reduction of water usage and increased sustainability.
BCB Homes’ single-story great room floor plan Montelena is planned with green building methods throughout. The benefits of this green home include lower operating costs, a healthier interior environment, reduction of water usage and increased sustainability.
Adaptable native and drought tolerant plants will make up approximately 50-percent of the landscaping adding colorful beauty to the grounds yet requiring less water, maintenance and fertilizers.
The exterior of the home will be finished with ArcusStone, a fine aggregate plaster formula of crushed limestone. The versatile mix can be colorized, textured and cut to emulate beautiful cut stone. It weathers well and requires less maintenance without paint.
Natural gas is used for the top-end EnergyStar kitchen appliances and the Wolf gas grill in the summer kitchen. It also provides fuel for heating fireplaces, the unique fire urn, pool and spa. Natural gas releases heat quickly and easily, and is friendly to the environment because gas is sent directly to your home without needing to be generated.
Another green attribute of the Montelena is the saltwater pool. Saltwater pools, also called saline pools, require lower levels of chlorine than traditional swimming pools. Special equipment shocks a small portion of the water with jolts of electricity during filtration. This process converts some of the salt into chlorine and that chlorinated water is sent into circulation in a steady stream replacing a big weekly chemical spike.
Inside, the home will be finished with wide plank white oak flooring in the main living areas. Banks of single French doors open from each side of the leisure room and are fitted with ultra efficient impact glass windows. The glass is Low E Argon-filled insulated impact windows withstand winds of 120 to 150 miles per hour. These windows also protect the home from harsh, ultraviolet light, and the window assemblies combat noise and cold weather.
Additional green features include a vapor permeable polystyrene insulation that works to minimize the intrusion of outdoor pollen, allergens, pollution, heat and humidity from entering the home. The hot water recirculation system speeds hot water retrieval and helps conserve water. The interiors are maintained by means of a fresh air dehumidification system and a 19 SEER HVAC system, which exceeds the required Florida Building Code of 13 SEER.
The Montelena wll also be equipped with the energy saving Crestron home automation system and Lutron lighting system to streamline and simplify the usage of the technology in the home. With the touch of the keypad, Crestron programmable controls allow owners to customize temperature, audio/video, pool pumps, window shades and roll-down screens.
President of BCB Homes, Joe Smallwood is well-versed in “green living” on a professional and personal basis. This April, Smallwood’s private residence in Estuary earned the status of being the first green home in Florida to be certified by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the Florida Green Building Coalition (FBBC).
The Smallwood residence earned four 2009 Sand Dollars awards including Best Green Home, FPL BuildSmart, Best Master suite and Product Design of the year for a private residence. A completed Montelena model in Mediterra earned five 2009 Sand Dollars including Product Design of the Year for a single-family model home, Best Landscape Design, Best Outdoor Living Area, Best Pool Design and Best Kitchen.
The amount of money saved in a green home varies by personal usage. On average, those who live in green homes save money by consuming 40 percent less energy and 50 percent less water than conventional standard homes.
Premier Properties is the exclusive representative for Estuary at Grey Oaks.
Information on the Montelena is available at the Estuary sales center off Golden Gate Parkway, west of Airport-Pulling Road. Online www.estuaryatgreyoaks.com.