is Better "A Green
Home Begins with ENERGY STAR Blue"
Palm Way is the only Certified ENERGY
STAR home in Sea Colony. This offers Peace of
Mind because ENERGY STAR certified homes are independently verified
to meet strict guidelines for construction and energy efficiency
set by the U.S. EPA. These homes save money on utility bills,
provide a more comfortable living environment with better indoor
air quality, and help protect the environment. This home's features
have been thoroughly documented and 888 Ocean Palm Way uses
55% less energythan a home built to
the standard Florida Building Code. -- see
the short videos on the right panel about ENERGY STAR Homes.
comes after energy efficiency?
will always feel more comfortable with better health and more
productivity because of a better indoor air environment. Unlike
most homes in Florida harmful pesticides
have never been used inside 888 Ocean Palm Way.
fixtures and systems in 888 Ocean Palm Way have been selected
and designed to minimize water use without sacrifice. PEX
plumbing lines, dual flush TOTO toilets, low flow faucets,
a heat pump water heater to name a few of these features.
Water savings are estimated at 20,000 gallons per year.
home has Insteon Smart Home systems and features that allow
you to monitor and control things from virtually anywhere.
Concrete Form (ICF)
Palm Way was designed and built using ICF technology. The
walls of this home are 12" thick with a 6" steel
reinforced center section. It is disaster and hurricane resistant.
2016 Hurricane Matthew wrecked havoc in St Augustine's low
lying areas with flooding and tree damage yet 888 Ocean Palm
Way did not have any structural problems. This home is safe
and low maintenance.
walls make this home extremely comfortable and there is very
little dust. Solid surface flooring is used throughout this
home. Hardwoods, cork, marble, and ceramic tile keep the indoor
air quality very good.
of ICF Homes
are many advantages of using ICF blocks to build a your home:
energy savings: In a study by the Portland Cement
Association, ICF homes saved up to 50% on heating and cooling
costs over wood-framed homes. The poured concrete walls provide
an excellent thermal mass, which helps maintain an even indoor
air temperature. This also allows you to spend less on a smaller
Severe weather resistance: Concrete houses
have survived tornadoes and hurricanes in areas where wood
houses were flattened. When they are properly engineered,
they should also withstand earthquakes. Texas Tech University
conducted a study to determine the suitability of ICFs for
above-ground storm shelters, wood stud “missiles”
fired under tornado conditions were unable to penetrate ICFs.
Significantly lower insurance premiums: Insurance
premiums can be up to 50% less with ICF homes, especially
in areas where severe weather (hurricanes, tornadoes, etc.)
Insect resistant: In many areas of the country,
termites are a major problem. There is nothing for termites
to eat in an ICF house.
Significant exterior noise reduction: Studies
have shown that about only one-third of exterior noise penetrates
an ICF wall as compared to a wood-framed house.
Super-high R-values: The ICF walls themselves
perform similar to a wood-framed wall with R-30 insulation.
However, the actual R-value is actually R-40 or higher when
air infiltration (leakage). ICF walls eliminate air leakage,
which can represent 20 to 40% of the heat load requirements
of a typical wood frame building.
Four times the fire resistance of wood-framed homes:
Traditional wood framed walls can withstand only 15 minutes
to 1 hour of fire; whereas concrete walls can withstand up
to 4 hours.
Environmentally friendly: Using ICF blocks
to construct a 6,000 square foot home will also save almost
150 trees. And they're health-friendly, too: ICF blocks contain
no formaldehyde or other toxic gases that could affect indoor
Hurricane Proof House
engineers at the University of Florida built a "hurricane
house" that can withstand winds up to 140 mph. ICF was
used to build the home. The director of the University's Research
and Education Center in Fort Lauderdale, Van Waddill, said
“This hurricane house demonstrates that it is possible
to build a home that will come through a category 4 or 5 hurricane
with little or no damage.”
There are 3 key
components in any hurricane proof house:
1. The roofing system: The roof is one of the most critical
components in any high-wind storm.
2. Windows: The strength of the windows is also critical,
as the integrity of the entire home can be breached if the
windows are broken.
3. Protection from flying debris: The biggest hazard to homeowners'
safety during a hurricane or tornado is the debris that is
driven by high winds.
See why over
a million home buyers have chosen an Certified ENERGY
STAR Home over all the others.
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