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Why Ground Source Heat Pumps are probably not a good idea for you

Everyone has a budget when building a house.  We still find ourselves “competing” with budgets for Ground Source Heat Pumps (or GSHP – otherwise known as “Geothermal”) – and have on more than one occasion lost business because someone was sold a $30,000 heat pump installation and they didn’t have enough money left over for our panels (which generally cost less than $20k installed for the average home).  And when you start to consider the VALUE associated with our product – a quieter more comfortable home, stronger and safer structure (with potentially lower insurance costs), tighter building envelope, faster dry-in, it is a much more difficult comparison to make and still choose GSHP, even when considering tax credits.

ANYWAY – enough talk - see this article from Green Building Advisor talking about Ground Source Heat Pumps.  It is interesting to note that in their efficiency calculations published by the manufacturers, they do not even have to consider the energy costs associated with the pumps or the fans!

http://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/blogs/dept/musings/are-affordable-ground-source-heat-pumps-horizon

The conclusion is – most of the time they do not make sense, for especially with stick frame construction, most of the savings will be "leaking" out of your building envelope.  Focus on the building envelope, and you can get much greater returns from passive (not mechanical that can break down) equipment that costs much less….

 
Eco-Panels in Latest Issue of Fine Homebuilding Magazine

Eco-Panels homes built by Brian Knight of Springtime Homes in Asheville are reviewed in the latest issue of Fine Homebuilding Magazine.  Buy it at your local newsstand today!  (Note Brian Knight and others have built homes using Eco-Panels significantly more energy efficient than even the ones discussed in this issue!)

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Most of Our Clients Spend More on Kitchen Cabinets & Countertops Than On Our Panels
Just say'in.  Doesn't make much sense to us.  Our panels - something that will make a home stronger, safer and significantly more energy efficient - often offering the homeowner a positive return on investment in the VERY FIRST MONTH - or really high-end and often overpriced cabinets and countertops.
 
Eco-Panels Client Will Save $100,000 Over Life of Mortgage

We at Eco-Panels always like to feature the stories of our clients when they show us how they are saving money from using our product.  One of our more forward looking clients - who actually build homes to a passive house or net zero energy standard for a living - ran some calculations based on actual energy usage of one of their latest homes and is able to claim reliably that the super insulated building envelope, in conjunction with solar panels on their roof and an electric car, will be able to save $100,000 over the life of their home mortgage, compared with having built their home traditionally.  Working with a green building magazine this nice article was published here at the GreenIdeas website:

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Structural Insulating Panels make a home ultra-energy efficient.

If this looks like your dream home and you’re anything like me, your first thought is probably ‘how much does it cost’ – and the answer is ‘$60,000 less than you think’.

That’s because the ultra-energy efficient home, by Climate House in Queenstown, costs the same as a conventional house to build, yet uses 95 per cent less power.

The house is built using Structured Insulating Panels (you can read them about on page 48 of the April-May 2015 issue of Green Ideas magazine), which keep the house snug while needing very little money for electricity. And by paying those savings into your mortgage, you can pay it off four years earlier, says Michael Sly of Climate House, resulting in a $60,000 saving on compounded interest, compared to an average home.

More impressively, that saving leaps to $100,000 when you use solar panels and an electric car. Powering your home and vehicle with solar electricity saves you $10,000 a year, says Michael, allowing you to shave a cool $100k off your debt (based on the same assumption that you use the savings to pay off the mortgage earlier).

Michael hopes to offer a home / financing / transport package soon – and is already building a number of efficient houses for clients around New Zealand.

- See more at: http://www.greenideas.co.nz/how-to/building-and-renovation/warmer-and-cheaper#sthash.IX2dNJVq.dpuf
This home will use 95% less energy than a traditionally built home

Structural Insulating Panels make a home ultra-energy efficient.

If this looks like your dream home and you’re anything like me, your first thought is probably ‘how much does it cost’ – and the answer is ‘$60,000 less than you think’.

That’s because the ultra-energy efficient home, by Climate House in Queenstown, costs the same as a conventional house to build, yet uses 95 per cent less power.

The house is built using Structured Insulating Panels (you can read them about on page 48 of the April-May 2015 issue of Green Ideas magazine), which keep the house snug while needing very little money for electricity. And by paying those savings into your mortgage, you can pay it off four years earlier, says Michael Sly of Climate House, resulting in a $60,000 saving on compounded interest, compared to an average home.

More impressively, that saving leaps to $100,000 when you use solar panels and an electric car. Powering your home and vehicle with solar electricity saves you $10,000 a year, says Michael, allowing you to shave a cool $100k off your debt (based on the same assumption that you use the savings to pay off the mortgage earlier).

Michael hopes to offer a home / financing / transport package soon – and is already building a number of efficient houses for clients around New Zealand.


Structural Insulating Panels make a home ultra-energy efficient.

If this looks like your dream home and you’re anything like me, your first thought is probably ‘how much does it cost’ – and the answer is ‘$60,000 less than you think’.

That’s because the ultra-energy efficient home, by Climate House in Queenstown, costs the same as a conventional house to build, yet uses 95 per cent less power.

The house is built using Structured Insulating Panels (you can read them about on page 48 of the April-May 2015 issue of Green Ideas magazine), which keep the house snug while needing very little money for electricity. And by paying those savings into your mortgage, you can pay it off four years earlier, says Michael Sly of Climate House, resulting in a $60,000 saving on compounded interest, compared to an average home.

More impressively, that saving leaps to $100,000 when you use solar panels and an electric car. Powering your home and vehicle with solar electricity saves you $10,000 a year, says Michael, allowing you to shave a cool $100k off your debt (based on the same assumption that you use the savings to pay off the mortgage earlier).

Michael hopes to offer a home / financing / transport package soon – and is already building a number of efficient houses for clients around New Zealand.

- See more at: http://www.greenideas.co.nz/how-to/building-and-renovation/warmer-and-cheaper#sthash.IX2dNJVq.dpuf
Structural Insulating Panels make a home ultra-energy efficient.

If this looks like your dream home and you’re anything like me, your first thought is probably ‘how much does it cost’ – and the answer is ‘$60,000 less than you think’.

That’s because the ultra-energy efficient home, by Climate House in Queenstown, costs the same as a conventional house to build, yet uses 95 per cent less power.

The house is built using Structured Insulating Panels (you can read them about on page 48 of the April-May 2015 issue of Green Ideas magazine), which keep the house snug while needing very little money for electricity. And by paying those savings into your mortgage, you can pay it off four years earlier, says Michael Sly of Climate House, resulting in a $60,000 saving on compounded interest, compared to an average home.

More impressively, that saving leaps to $100,000 when you use solar panels and an electric car. Powering your home and vehicle with solar electricity saves you $10,000 a year, says Michael, allowing you to shave a cool $100k off your debt (based on the same assumption that you use the savings to pay off the mortgage earlier).

Michael hopes to offer a home / financing / transport package soon – and is already building a number of efficient houses for clients around New Zealand.

- See more at: http://www.greenideas.co.nz/how-to/building-and-renovation/warmer-and-cheaper#sthash.IX2dNJVq.dpuf
 
Nice Comment from International Aid Organization Construction Manager

Sorry it has been a while since we have posted to our blog!  Just been so busy - everyone getting ready for Spring building season.  But we recently received a nice comment from the construction manager with an international humanitarian aid organization that I thought I would like to share.

" I researched more than 100 panel companies in United States, Canada and China for our project. Only eco-panels had all the elements that we needed to make our project in North ***** successful. We need a structure that can go up very quickly because our time in country is severely limited. We need a product that is basically complete. Because we cannot obtain anything locally for the completion of the project. The harsh climate of North ***** requires extreme thermal efficiency for both the hot humid summers and cold Windy Winters. Eco-panels does a remarkable job of meeting those requirements. All the people at eco-panels understand their product and understand their customers needs and are great to work with."

Keep it tight!

 
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