DEVENS -- Townsend-based Transformations Inc. has won national awards from the U.S. Department of Energy for two energy-efficient homes the company built in Devens.
Carter Scott, president of Transformations Inc., said the green homes are an example of the direction in which building is moving.
"In Devens, we've built housing for the future: Energy-efficient, moderately-priced homes," Scott said. "These well-priced and well-sized homes can be built anywhere in Massachusetts. By creating both green jobs and green housing at affordable prices, this project has increased local economic activity and expanded our options for sustainable housing."
The homes are classified as "net zero," which means that they have both zero carbon emissions and energy consumption. The homes actually produce excess energy through solar power -- enough to power an electric car for 30,000 miles a year, and to provide the owners with credits from the utility company each month.
"Transformations is deeply committed to supporting the Massachusetts economy and helping homeowners to increase energy efficiency," Scott said. "We've proven that our buildings exceed expectations and energy efficiency standards."
The award-winning homes are part of an eight-home subdivision built in Devens in 2012.
The production house is a 2,500-square foot three-bedroom and the custom house is a three-bedroom, two-bathroom house that comes in at about 1,900 square feet. The homes were priced at $360,000 for the production home and $450,000 for the custom home.
"We've been working for years to drive down the cost of high-performance homes," Scott said.
The homes also boast high levels of water efficiency, with dual flush toilets and low-flow faucets. They feature roof-mounted solar panels, energy-efficient windows and appliances and are certified for indoor air quality.
With an increase in incentives, the cost to build energy-efficient homes is declining, Scott said, making it more feasible to build green homes.
"With the progressive state, federal, utility and lender incentives for high performance homes, Transformations can now produce a zero-net-energy home for the same cost as conventional construction in a Massachusetts investor-owned utility service territory with a solar lease," Scott said. "This is huge news because it allows a paradigm shift in housing for Massachusetts."
The Department of Energy National Challenge Home program recognizes builders for leadership in increasing energy efficiency and improving indoor air quality, according to the DOE website.
Transformations, Inc. is now bidding on the 120-unit project called the Grant Road Neighborhood project in Devens, although that project is still in its early stages.
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