Spring, Texas, October 3, 2016 — 911. It’s not only the emergency assistance number, it’s the average number of kilowatt hours used in an average American home, and it costs roughly $114/month (per the U.S. Energy Information Administration). For anyone interested in saving that $1,368 each year, the Arc House will be a must-see at the 2016 Greenbuild conference in Los Angeles, October 5-6. Covestro LLC is a sponsor for the tiny, net-zero energy usage home designed by Shelter Dynamics. The home is a showcase of new concepts for efficient building and sustainability; it will be a central feature in the Interiors & Design Pavilion, inside the Expo Hall.
The Arc House totals 432 square feet and can operate off grid with the addition of a 1.5 kW solar PV array, which is good news since the sun is projected to shine for another five billion years. The payback time for a residential solar panel system now averages 6.9 years (per solar-power-now.com).
Covestro donated Bayseal® Closed-cell (CCX) spray polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation and Bayblock® elastomeric coating for the home and provided building envelope consulting. USI, a Covestro-accredited contractor, installed the insulation and fluid-applied roofing membrane. Green Builder Media is the official media sponsor of the home.
Jim Gregory, founder of Shelter Dynamics, is responsible for the unique “pod” design of the Arc House.
“I like to say the Arc House is a new direction in home building, because traditional building is not responding to the changing demographics of today’s homeowners,” Gregory explains. “New homes today average 2,600 square feet. Empty nesters don’t want something that large and neither do millennials. The cost of ownership and time investment to maintain a house that size is impractical for many people. The Arc House is efficient, affordable and beautiful. It’s living large within a small footprint, and being respectful of the generations yet to come.”
Shelter Dynamics estimates starting prices on similar pod homes will be $120,000 to $140,000. Covestro’s involvement with the Arc House project is part of its larger corporate commitment to improve people’s lives and create value, while at the same time conserving resources and protecting the environment. As a part of its sustainability vision, Covestro set a goal to halve its carbon dioxide emissions by 2025. It aims to do the same with its energy consumption by 2030.
The Arc House also represents another key component of Covestro’s mission: innovation. Product innovations from Covestro address current trends, including climate change, the increasing scarcity of fossil resources, the growing global population, urbanization and increasing mobility. Through projects like Solar Impulse, Covestro is developing new materials and technologies that can be used not only for these noteworthy projects, but can also translate into improvements for everyday life.
“It’s been a rewarding journey to work with the Shelter Dynamics team to realize the vision of the Arc House. People are shocked when they walk inside and see it as a truly livable space, it’s as if the house is changing the way people think about living,” says Jeremy Parker, national sales manager – spray insulation and roofing systems, Covestro LLC. “We work with builders, architects and contractors of all sizes. The industry is changing; integrated energy efficiency and sustainability are no longer ‘nice-to-haves’ but rather a mandate about the way people want to live, work and play.”
Covestro representatives will be at both the Arc House and at booth 1022 in the Expo Hall. The complete show schedule is available at https://greenbuildexpo.com/Attendee/ExpoHall/Index.
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