Washington Post: New Howard County Homes Offer High Green Standard

December 02, 2015

As published in the Washington Post.

While every newly built dwelling today surpasses the energy efficiency of older homes in the area simply because of improved technology and building techniques, Bozzuto Homes has taken green building to a new level at Sage at Maple Lawn by including a geothermal heating and cooling system as a standard feature.

The 19 single-family houses in this Howard County community, priced from $799,990 and up, have 3,000 square feet of living space, four to seven bedrooms, three to six bathrooms, open floor plans and contemporary finishes.

The houses at Sage are among the most energy efficient built by a developer in Maryland, achieving a HERS score of 21 when the optional solar panels are installed. A HERS score of 21 means the houses are more than three times as energy efficient as the minimum requirement for Energy Star certification, which requires a HERS score of 70. A lower score equals greater energy efficiency.

A standard new house usually achieves a HERS score of 100. The scores, awarded by the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET), are used by builders to measure their house’s energy efficiency.

In addition to the geothermal heating and cooling system, the houses have car-charging stations, electric bike charging stations, energy-saving appliances, automation packages for thermostats, lights, alarms and locks.

An optional multi-slide glass door can be added to each house to access its private courtyard. The houses have 9- and 10-foot-high ceilings, hardwood floors on the main level, quartz counters, maple cabinets, stainless-steel appliances and ceramic tile baths.

For more information, visit www.sageatmaplelawn.com.