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Think about this:

Traditional Florida homes are built out of cement blocks with a thin stucco coating on the outside and then painted. Here are some facts about this inefficient type of traditional construction:
1.    Windows and Exterior doors are not properly sealed under traditional construction. Stucco finishes are not waterproof. It is the painting that makes them waterproof. Wrong products or improper installation or insufficient amount of product applied to the exterior can and will result in issues in years to come for traditional homes.
2.    The traditional way of insulating Florida block homes is to put foil encased foam board against the inside of the block walls around the living area. Think about this: Block is high “thermal mass” product. That means that when it gets warm it retains the warmth and slowly discharges it over time. All day long the walls of a traditional block home heat up as the Florida Sun bakes them. Where does that heat go? Over time some of the heat discharges to the atmosphere. A lot of it, by conduction, transmits that heat directly into the foil wrapped insulation board on the inside of the exterior walls. Fact is that any insulation product, as it’s temperature rises, decrease in R Value (R Value is the products resistance to transmit heat or cool). So, traditional construction almost eliminates the value of interior mounted insulation causing A/C systems to have to run longer and harder. That is the wrong use of building products in Florida.
3.    There is what we professionals call “Infiltration Practice”. That is the sealing of holes and gaps in the exterior envelope of a house. Traditional insulation practice, does at best, stopping only a portion of air leaks. This means bugs, mildew and moisture can seep into the envelope over period of time. This could bring a host of potential problems that could occur long after the warranty period for you home expires, when it is too late to get builders to do anything about it.  So, what’s the best way to build the exterior walls?


Our new Model will have the entire Exterior of the Building Envelope encased with this system:


1.    First layer to be a waterproofing and sealing system applied to entire exterior around conditioned space. This layer will have a special sealing of windows of doors that will stop air leaks.
2.    Next will be installation of a continuous 2” thick closed foam board around the envelope. It will be installed in a way that will create a narrow air space and drainage chamber between the block and the exterior insulation. To be noted is that the insulation will be installed without mechanical fasteners, hurricane bonded to the masonry, with no bridging. Bridging is another way that traditional construction fastening methods transmit energy that we do not want transmitted.
3.    Next will be sealing of all the foam around windows and doors.
4.    Next will be application of mesh reinforced base coat.
5.    Last will be application of a cement free acrylic, highly crack resistant with immense flexibility and strength. And giving a high SRI (solar reflective index value). No need to paint as the color is in the finish.

•    System is designed so that not only the outside heat will not find its way into this home, but the bugs that live outside will not be able to find a way in either. Peace of mind that the little Florida outside critters won’t have the access afforded to them as in traditional construction.
•    The high-pitched roofs which waste energy and have maintenance issues down the road have been changed to a hidden low pitch roof. This New Roof has a waterproofing system and life expectancy that is better than shingle roofing. It also exceeds energy star requirements, and unlike any shingle roof, the SRI (solar reflective index) is 90 out of 100 perfect LEED score. This means the roof will absorb very little of the heat energy from the sun. The roofing is manufactured with CURE technology (that has Ultraviolet stabilizers that result in greater an extreme durability and longevity, impact scuff and stain resistant, mold and fungus resistant).
•    This roof design will also allow us to place the solar roof mounted equipment on any house we build with any lot orientation. Also, placing the solar equipment out of view.
•    Standard are Vinyl Impact windows and glass doors with insulated low e glass that are Energy Star Approved
•    This home is built to exceed the Hurricane Code Requirements. If you ever have to be in Florida during a hurricane, this is the house you will want to be in. The exterior walls will be CBS construction heavily reinforced with steel and poured SOLID with concrete. This home will outperform all conventional built homes.
•    R-30 Foam Sealed Insulated Roof over the Living area and Garage
•    Using Building Products that Far Exceed the Energy Code
•    Interior Climate Control:
1.    Use of Thermal Mass (from the concrete and masonry in the home) on the inside of the house where it belongs. This thermal mass inside will modulate the temperature in the home. It will assist in keeping the air temperature cool and even throughout the day and night. Some of the interior walls will even be high thermal mass. This means THIS home will keep the interior temperature cooler longer just by the passive design techniques of this home.
2.    Engineered Cooling with equivalent of 30+ SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating) efficiency. Now that is more than double what the majority of traditional home builders offer. But it gets better than that. With the included Solar PV power plant, the small electricity this A/C system is using will have the free sun producing its input power. You may have read of how some electric cars today are claiming mpg equivalents of 100mpg and more. They come up with calculation by figuring in the cost of electricity to charge the car’s batteries which equates to a much higher mpg. In a similar way, with your own solar power plant, present Energy calculation methods cannot calculate the actual off the chart SEER rating of the system in this house!
3.    Both compressor and air handler are variable speed which will maintain consistent temperature and humidity continuously at a sound level almost too low to hear.
4.    Because of the “Sealed” type construction of this home, we are installing an outside fresh air intake that will maintain a continuously healthy indoor atmosphere.
•    Solar and Smart Home Features:
1.    Designed to be a NET ZERO home powered by a Solar Photovoltaic energy system. That means the house is designed to produce all the power it uses with connection to the Utility Grid as a backup for peak periods if needed.  Optional battery power pack is available for those having lots with no Utility Company power available. This house will then become independent of all Utility Grid grid power. Great for inexpensive lots with no power available or remote Island locations.
2.    Photovoltaic System produces maintenance Free Green Power to your home.
3.    Solar Domestic Hot Water heating system with solar powered circulating pump providing the hot water needs of the home.
4.    Smart Home integration, Programmable, communicating thermostat to control you A/C from your smart phone. Various electrical components of the Home can be managed thru the Smart Home Features.

This home is smarter from the Outside In!

Most European countries have been building with exterior wall insulation for years. Normal Florida construction has the exterior wall insulation on the inside of the block wall. That is not a very efficient way to do it. This house has the insulation on the outside of the structure, where it belongs. Our system provides superior moisture intrusion prevention along with substantial energy efficiency. This smarter building envelope enhances interior climate control and comfort. 

Why is building that way so much better?

Traditional Florida homes are built out of cement blocks with a thin stucco coating on the outside and then painted. Here are some facts about this inefficient type of traditional construction:

1.    Windows and Exterior doors are not properly sealed under traditional construction. Stucco finishes are not waterproof. It is the paint that makes them waterproof. Wrong products or improper installation with insufficient amount of product applied to the exterior can and will result in issues in years to come for traditional homes.
2.    The traditional way of insulating Florida block homes, is to put foil encased foam board against the inside of the block walls, around the living area. Think about this: Block is a high “thermal mass” product. That means, when it gets warm, it retains the warmth and slowly discharges it over time. All day long the walls of a traditional block home heat up as the Florida Sun bakes them. Where does that heat go? Over time some of the heat discharges to the atmosphere. A lot of it, by conduction, transmits that heat directly into the foil wrapped insulation board on the inside of the exterior walls. Fact is that any insulation product, as it’s temperature rises, decrease in R Value (R Value is the products resistance to transmit heat or cool). So, traditional construction almost eliminates the value of interior mounted insulation causing A/C systems to run longer and harder.
3.    There is what professionals call “Infiltration Practice”. It's the sealing of holes and gaps in the exterior envelope of a house. Traditional insulation practice, does at best, stop only a portion of air leaks. This means bugs, mildew and moisture can seep into the envelope over time. This could bring a host of potential problems that could occur long after the warranty period for you home expires - when it is too late to get builders to do anything about it.  So, what’s the best way to build the exterior walls?

THE SUNSEEKER ZERO-HOUSE MODEL HAS THE ENTIRE EXTERIOR OF THE BUILDING ENCASED WITH THE FOLLOWING SYSTEM:

1.    The first layer, to be a waterproofing and sealing system, is applied to the entire exterior around a conditioned space. This layer has a special sealing of windows and doors, efficiently eliminating air leaks.
2.    Next is an installation of a continuous 2” thick closed foam board around the envelope. It is installed in a way that creates a narrow air space and drainage chamber between the block and the exterior insulation. To be noted is, that the insulation is installed without mechanical fasteners, hurricane bonded to the masonry, with no bridging. Bridging is another way traditional construction fastening methods transmit energy that we do not want to be transmitted.
3.    This is followed by a sealing of all foam around windows and doors.
4.    Then a mesh reinforced base coat is applied.
5.    Finally, highly crack resistant, cement free acrylic with immense flexibility and strength is applied, providing a high SRI (solar reflective index value). No need for further paint jobs, as the color is in the finish already.

This home is smarter from the Outside In!

Most European countries have been building with exterior wall insulation for years. Normal Florida construction has the exterior wall insulation on the inside of the block wall. That is not a very efficient way to do it. This house has the insulation on the outside of the structure, where it belongs. Our system provides superior moisture intrusion prevention along with substantial energy efficiency. This smarter building envelope enhances interior climate control and comfort. 

Why is building that way so much better?

Traditional Florida homes are built out of cement blocks with a thin stucco coating on the outside and then painted. Here are some facts about this inefficient type of traditional construction:

1.    Windows and Exterior doors are not properly sealed under traditional construction. Stucco finishes are not waterproof.
2.    The traditional way of insulating Florida block homes, is to put foil encased foam board against the inside of the block walls, around the living area. Think about this: Block is a high “thermal mass” product. That means, when it gets warm, it retains the warmth and slowly discharges it over time. All day long the walls of a traditional block home heat up as the Florida Sun bakes them.
3.    There is what professionals call “Infiltration Practice”. It's the sealing of holes and gaps in the exterior envelope of a house. Traditional insulation practice, does at best, stop only a portion of air leaks.

THE SUNSEEKER ZERO-HOUSE MODEL HAS THE ENTIRE EXTERIOR OF THE BUILDING ENCASED WITH THE FOLLOWING SYSTEM:

1.    The first layer, to be a waterproofing and sealing system, is applied to the entire exterior around a conditioned space, efficiently eliminating air leaks.
2.    Next is an installation of a continuous 2” thick closed foam board around the envelope.
3.    This is followed by a sealing of all foam around windows and doors.
4.    Then a mesh reinforced base coat is applied.
5.    Finally, highly crack resistant, cement free acrylic with immense flexibility and strength is applied, providing a high SRI (solar reflective index value).

Just a few features you won't find in other homes


1.   Hidden low pitch roof. Traditionally, low-pitch-roofs have been looked down upon as inferior to pitched shingle roofs. We now have a low pitch roofing system that not only has a longer life expectancy than shingles, but exceeds Energy Star and LEED (“Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design” - Green Building Certification) requirements. Unlike any Shingle roof the SRI (Solar Reflective Index) is 90 out of 100 perfect LEED score. This means the roof is absorbing very little of the heat energy from the sun.
2.    Roof Structure: Conventional trusses with Isonene sealed underneath the roof plywood to form a “thermos” type seal on the house.
3.    Another issue Floridians have to deal with is insect invasion into their homes. In an average home, there are many places for bugs to infiltrate. But in this home, you need to open your door to let them in, because there's no other way for them to get into the house. Gives peace of mind to many that don’t like the bug part of Florida living.
4.    Solar Photovoltaic Grid Tied Power Generating System sized to the home for its energy requirements. This system is installed on the hidden low pitch roof. A major issue of solar power has been the visibility of the solar panels on a home’s roof. We have eliminated that unsightliness. This system is tied into the FPL grid and requires no maintenance, just day after day it keeps providing Free Green Power for the home.
5.    The Exterior walls are projecting above the low-pitch-roof. Structurally they are CBS with steel reinforced concrete.  From the outside, they look like traditional stucco, but the finish is superior to stucco in every way. Behind the exterior textured finish is a modified EPS (expanded polystyrene super insulated and waterproofed wall system). The insulation is on the outside of the block walls, where it really belongs, creating a high thermal mass on the interior of the home. Interior thermal mass is essential in interior temperature modulation.
6.    Hurricane Resistance: This home outperforms all conventional traditionally built homes under the current hurricane code.
7.   Interior Comfort Environment: Air Conditioning and Heating are provided by Equipment that yields Energy Efficiencies 2-4 times better than the average equipment installed in homes today. All ductwork is inside conditioned spaces but not visible. The environment remains totally comfortable at a fraction of the cost in the normal home today, with attention given to indoor air quality.  

U.S. DEPARTEMENT OF ENERGY (DOE) ZERO READY HOUSE

Well, despite the fact, that our Sunseeker Home isn't just zero-ready, but completely ZERO...here's some information what zero-ready actually means:

 

 

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Solar and Smart Home Features:

1.    Designed to be a NET ZERO home, powered by a Solar Photovoltaic energy system, this house is designed to produce all the power it uses, with connection to the Utility Grid only as a backup for peak periods. An optional battery power pack is available, making this house completely independent of all Utility Grid grid power. Great for inexpensive lots with no power available or remote Island locations!
2.    The photovoltaic system produces maintenance Free Green Power for your home.
3.    The Solar Domestic Hot Water heating system with a solar powered, circulating pump provides all the hot water needs of the home.
4.    Smart Home integration, programmable, communicating thermostat to control your A/C from your smart phone. Various electrical components of the home can be managed thru the Smart Home Features.


What about regular features other quality Builders offer?


No lack in that department either! Here is a partial listing of standard items in the Sunseeker Model:

1.    Recessed LED lights, all light fixtures equipped with LED bulbs (see Smart Home features of this house).
2.    Ultra-Green super quiet bath exhaust fans
3.    Upgraded Overhead door included: Canon Ridge, Insulated, Ultra Grain Factory Finished Old World Wood look Design
4.    Automatic Overhead Garage Door opener with Keyless Entry
5.    Floor Tile throughout the Entire Living Area
6.    Decorator Tile in Bath Showers
7.    Quality plumbing fixtures and energy efficcient ppliances
8.    Contemporary or Traditional Trim work with 8 foot interior doors and large mouldings
9.    Modern Contemporary or Traditional Cabinets.
10.  Built in Pantry and Linen with Custom Closet Shelving
11.  Granite Countertops with under mount sinks throughout
12.  ThermaTru Best Classic Craft Fiberglass Exterior doors with Rot Proof Jambs. The look of real wood with the life expectancy of Fiberglass
13.  Exterior Ceilings finished with Hardiboard or Acrylic finish to match exterior walls
14.  “Smart” Super-Efficient Ceiling Fans
15.  Paver brick Driveway and Sidewalk
16.  Beautiful Open Beam Ceilings with Tile Roofs over the Front Entry, Lanai and Select Windows.
17.  Pool, Paver Deck and High Cage and Solar Powered Pumping Station
18.  Energy Star Appliance Allowance 

CERTIFICATES

Certified DOE partner

As a committed DOE partner who provides certified Zero Energy Ready Homes, Anthony Fiore Construction Inc. is in the top one percent of builders in the country meeting the extraordinary levels of excellence in energy and performance specified in the national program requirements.

Healthful environment:
According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), every certified Zero Energy Ready Home has a comprehensive package of measures to help minimize dangerous pollutants, provide continuous fresh air, and effectively filter the air you breathe.

Comfort Plus:
According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), every certified Zero Energy Ready Home features high-efficiency  insulation, windows, air sealing and space conditioning systems that help surround you with even temperatures, low-humidity, and quiet in every room on every floor.

Advanced Technology:
According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), every certified Zero Energy Ready Home features advanced technologies and practices recommended by leading housing experts from DOE’s world-class research program, Building America.

 

Certified DOE partner

As a committed DOE partner who provides certified Zero Energy Ready Homes, Anthony Fiore Construction Inc. is in the top one percent of builders in the country meeting the extraordinary levels of excellence in energy and performance specified in the national program requirements.

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