Green is the New Granite Countertop
According to homebuilders, homebuyers are actively seeking out energy-efficient features in their next home.
A cistern system irrigation is a very easy and straight forward way to minimize the cost of water in your home. The beauty of the system used at the Sanctuary at Cutler Bay is the Cistern (water tanks) are all below ground and out of the way. All you have to do is let nature take its course. Rain water drains off the roof through the gutters down a storm pipe. The storm pipe is fed directly into an underground tank (Cistern) that stores water for later use.
Green Components of 3Ci-Homes
Environmentally responsible and resource-efficient design, construction, operation & maintenance.
WHY GO GREEN
Dual Solar Power Systems in Your Home
Enjoy double the savings with solar systems harvesting sun light into electricity while also working to heat the home’s water.
WATER EFFICIENCY / REDUCTION
INDOOR AIR QUALITY
SMART GROWTH AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
ENVIRONMENTALLY PREFERABLE BUILDING MATERIALS
Solar Power System: Sun-module Protect SW 300 mono. With solar panels you are making your home a personal onsite power source. Based on electricity needs of your home there will be about 18 photovoltaic solar panels on the south facing roof of the house.
The panels absorb the light of the sun and harvest that light into electricity. The power that comes out of the panels is in the form of DC power. It is sent to a converter located onsite that changes the energy into AC power and powers the lights and appliances in your home.
As long as the sun is shining having your solar panels will make the Sanctuary at Cutler Bay homes the only ones that will still has full electricity power during any outages or storms.
The solar hot water heater at the Sanctuary at Cutler Bay homes is very simple.
Clean water is brought into the house from the municipal utilities, like any other home you’ve lived in before. The difference is, the cold water is pumped up to the roof where it flows through coils enclosed in a panel, the water is heated by the sun.
The hot water then flows down to a hot water storage tank. The storage tank will have a small heating coil to keep the water temperature. The hot water is then distributed through the home. The heating coil and pump are powered by the electricity being produced by your solar panel.
Solar Hot Water Heater
– SOLAR –
It Simply Makes Cents
Rain Water Harvesting
The water stored in the underground tanks is connected to the water irrigation system of your home. All the water used to water the lawn and garden is stored rain water. None of the water used for irrigation comes from municipal utilities, lowering your annual water bill by an estimated 75%. Our landscape architect has local greenery and drought resistant plants and flowers. The use of these plants helps to significantly lower the need for watering and upkeep of the outside areas of the home, giving you more time to enjoy the outdoors with your friends and family. You can be happy to know your are helping the planet while helping your wallet.
During the summer, geothermal heating and cooling systems absorb heat from your home and transfers it to the underground loop where it is then absorbed by the cooler earth. The geothermal heat pump uses the cool water returning from the ground to create cool, dehumidified air conditioning for your home.
During the winter, geothermal heating and cooling systems absorb heat stored in the ground through the water that circulates in its underground loop. This heat is carried to the ground source heat pumps where it’s concentrated and then sent as warm, comfortable air throughout your home.
Geothermal Air Condition
Sanctuary at Cutler Bay Home
Lifetime Savings with a Self Sustainable
Compared with the Traditional Home:
Conservatively, a 30 year savings will amount to approximately $140,000
(future power cost increases are not included).
With the savings, you can pay your kids college tuition, you can reduce the length of your mortgage
by half while saving over $100,000, OR you can do what tickles your fancy.
The ground absorbs nearly half of the solar energy our planet receives. As a result, the earth remains at a constant, moderate temperature just below its surface all year round. However, air temperature varies greatly from summer to winter, making air source (traditional) heating and cooling least efficient when you need it the most.
Geothermal heating and cooling systems take advantage of the stable temperature underground using a piping system, commonly referred to as a “loop.” Water circulates in the loop to exchange heat between your home, the ground source heat pump, and the earth, providing geothermal heating and cooling. In fact, geothermal heating and cooling systems are 400-600% efficient and can cut your heating and cooling, costs by up to 80%.