May 19, 2012
-- With utility costs through the roof, where in the world do you find a home that costs pennies a day to operate?
Lenexa, Kansas just got the city's top green listing. And at $185,000 --what a home it is.
Earth Contact, Solar Panels, heat pump with a super quiet 12-speed air handle are perfect compliments to the overall energy efficiency of Solar applications built into this Lenexa home. According to brokers, these types of residential buildings are rare and in great demand.
"It's like you are living off the grid right smack in the middle of the city" said Erik Collier, the property's exclusive listing agent. “There’
s nothing like this on the market for sale.”
The home at 7862 Darnell Street in Lenexa, KS boasts active and passive solar capabilities. 11 passive solar window units actually consist of two double pane windows separated by an 8 inch dead air-space barrier and the earth contact construction reduce energy consumption dramatically.
Advantages of Earth-Contact Solar Homes Both passive and active earth contact solar homes use free radiant solar energy along with the lag -time effect of earth contact to moderate comfort zones throughout the home. This allows the home to use less energy to maintain comfort levels. The lag time effect is gained from 3 to 6 months of the heating/cooling of the earth surrounding the earth-contact home. The earth gives back that heat gained from the summer heating cycle during the winter months. The reverse effect applies during the summer months. The surrounding earth gives back the cool of the earth collected from the winter cycle helping to moderate the heat of the summer.
Erik Collier and his team spent weeks trying to find a price for the home because there is little to compare it to. "This home is in an area where traditional construction is the norm. You can't compare apples to oranges. This home is special and commands a premium price," Collier said of the area. One of the top young agents in the city, Collier was hand-picked by the owner to exclusively represent the property.