Concept

The James River Air Conditioning Solar Idea House was conceived, designed, and constructed by Hugh Joyce and his construction team as a second home for Hugh and as an interactive learning model to explore every practical green building strategy available today. Hugh wanted people to see, feel, touch, and experience the ultimate in sustainable living. Come visit by appointment today!

Features

  • 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, 1030 sq feet
  • Completely Rebuilt in 2010
  • Great 1-Acre Lot with Storage Shed
  • Built to LEED Standards; Platinum score
  • 3.2 KW Grid-Tied Micro-Inverter Power System
  • Rain Water Recovery for Irrigation
  • 21 SEER Heat Pump
  • LED Lighting System
  • AtmosAir Ionization Air Purifier
  • Stainless Steel Appliances
  • Thermal Windows

Green Building & Efficiency Features

  • Google Power Meter
  • TED – The Energy Detective Monitoring System
  • Solar sun tracking, P.V. System, Kyocera Panels
  • Rain water recovery for irrigation
  • Gray water recovery for irrigation of trees
  • Icynene foam insulation in crawl, walls, attic
  • Westinghouse super-high efficiency air to air heat pump system (unit performs at geothermal levels and uses inverter / variable speed compressor – 24 SEER, 10 HSPF)
  • Conditioned, pressurized crawlspace.
  • Low E stimulus-rated glass
  • Sustainable site selection
  • MERV 13 air filtration
  • AtmosAir ionization air purifier
  • UV Light purification for cooling cool surface
  • Radon Evac system below crawl space
  • Material and waste management and re-use strategies.
  • Extended durability in material selection
  • Honeywell ERV Ventilation system
  • Low water landscaping
  • Energy Star appliance package
  • LED lighting system
  • Whole-house phantom power drain kill switches
  • Smart home automation
  • Low VOC materials
  • Aggressive moisture control strategies
  • Extensive durability study
  • Third party verification of performance