Blog : Net Zero Potential Becomes a Reality in Rye

By Magill | Jul 23, 2014 | in

By Michael McCord
Green Alliance Correspondent

PORTSMOUTH – “Green is good for all” is one of the practicing mantras at Futuro Builders. And in the case of a nearly-completed residential project in Rye, founder Jesse Ware and his company are truly practicing what they preach.

The net zero home nearing completion in Rye Harbor may not be the first of its kind but Ware believes it will raise the bar for imaginative, cutting-edge sustainability design in the region.

When completed, the owners of this 2,400 square-foot home will not have a heating or electricity bill and are expected to actually generate energy credits. Due to a custom designed solar racking panel array, SIGA tapes to air seal the slab vapor barrier, and state-of-the-art Intus Windows that allow for superior insulation without sacrificing quality air ventilation, Ware said the home is an example of seamlessly merging smart sustainability and economics.

“The technologies have been around for a while but not economically feasible until the last five to eight years,” said Ware who has a LEED AP accreditation from the U. S. Green Building Council. “This level of sustainability can be available for everyone.”

Furturo worked with Kaplan Thompson architects of Portland, Maine to design and build the net zero home in Rye. Its energy saving impact will be considerable. For example, Ware estimates the homeowners will save $3,000 or more a year in oil costs and more than $1,000 in electricity bills.

“The house will produce all the energy it uses. It’s heated with an air source heat pump that works effectively even in subzero temperatures,” Ware explained. “It’s pretty remarkable when you think about it for an almost 2,500 square-foot house.”

Included among the sustainability attributes large and small, Futuro used locally sourced Maine White Cedar for the rafters and the porch ceiling.

The Rye project is the latest step for Futuro, which Ware co-founded in 2011. Ware was literally raised on sustainability thinking – back in the 1970’s, his father was one of the first builders to focus on energy efficient homes. As proved by the Rye project, Futuro Builders is a building firm that doesn’t promote environmental sustainability as the future for commercial and residential projects, but rather as the standard for today.

Futuro has also displayed its versatility by providing sustainability upgrades for a relocating Portsmouth medical clinic to a 3,000 square-foot commercial space. Due to the absolute need for quality air ventilation, Futuro is redoing all the duct work and using as many locally-sourced products as possible to reduce the carbon footprint of the project.

Futuro Builders is a business partner of the Green Alliance, a Portsmouth organization representing over 100 local green businesses, along with nearly 4,000 consumer members.

“It is at the core of our values,” Ware said about his company’s net-zero goal for as many commercial projects and residential homes as possible. “The formula becomes almost magical when you see it at work. The great insulation, air quality and efficient alternative energy all come together to create a model of sustainability and net zero energy. Creating something that is healthier, more efficient, and has less impact on the Earth is always going to be the right thing to do.”

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