Bozzuto Unveils East Coast’s First Standard All-Geothermal Community
Sage At Maple Lawn Homes Three Times More Energy Efficient Than National Average
GREENBELT, MD – April 15, 2016 – Always on the forefront of innovation, Bozzutois raising the bar again, offering advanced geothermal systems as a standard feature on every home at the new Sage at Maple Lawncommunity in Howard County, MD. This is the first time the technology has been used by Bozzuto and is the only community on the East Coast by a production builder to incorporate geothermal systems.
But the advanced heating and cooling system is just one part of the incredible energy efficiency offered. These luxurious new homes are built to such a high standard, they are one of the most efficient in the entire region, receiving a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) score of 21 upon the installation of solar panels and features such as tankless water heaters and Electronic Vehicle plug-in stations. Measured on a scale of 0-100, and awarded by the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET), HERS scores are universally used by builders to score new homes on their energy efficiency, and the lower the score the better.
But how does a score of 21 stack up? Comparatively, the average Maryland home of similar size built to 2012 IECC Code has a HERS rating of 60 and nationally, the average American home scores a 63, effectively making Sage at Maple Lawn homes THREE TIMES more energy efficient than the national average! In addition, the minimum requirement needed for ENERGY STAR® certification is a score of 70, making Sage at Maple Lawn homes triple the required efficiency. Every Sage at Maple Lawn home will be ENERGY STAR® Certified and National Green Building Standard™ (NGBS) Silver rated.
All that efficiency isn’t just good for the environment, but also for the wallet. Compared to a 2012 home of similar size in Maryland, a Sage at Maple lawn home will save the owner more than $1,000* a year in energy costs when the owner selects all of the available energy-efficient options. And when compared to a home built just 10 years ago, the savings jump to nearly $2000** a year. In addition, all Sage at Maple Lawn owners are eligible to receive a one-time $3,000 energy savings tax rebate check, a one-time federal tax credit of 30% cost of the geothermal HVAC system and up to $5000 in property tax reductions for four consecutive years. And since a Sage at Maple Lawn home is less dependent on standard utility providers, the owner is also much less vulnerable to fluctuating energy costs.
“We want Sage at Maple Lawn to serve as a new model for what’s possible in home design,” said Bozzuto President and CEO Toby Bozzuto. “Including geothermal technology as a standard feature in every Sage at Maple Lawn home is the natural progression as we continue to look for new ways to make every Bozzuto community a symbol for what’s possible in green building.”
Centrally located halfway between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. in Fulton, Maryland, Sage at Maple Lawn offers a spectacular selection of 19 single-family homes featuring 3,000 square feet of living space, car charging stations, open floor plans, stainless-steel ENERGY STAR®-rated appliances and up to seven bedrooms. But the amenity that makes these beautiful homes truly special is what lies beneath.
Every Sage at Maple Lawn home comes standard with a high efficiency Bosch geothermal system, the most earth-friendly and economical heating and cooling technology in the world. For anyone who has wanted a geothermal home before, but was leery of the installation process, this new opportunity from Bozzuto eliminates the entire procedure and allows owners to enjoy the many cost-saving and environmental benefits the moment they move in. In addition, all Sage at Maple Lawn homes are solar-ready and able to accommodate a solar upgrade should the owner choose to add that amenity at any time.
Technologically advanced amenities such as home a automation packages with intelligent, responsive thermostats, alarms, locks, and lighting further enhance the thoughtful design of the homes community. To help bring the outside in, owners can have an expansive multi-slide glass door that leads to fully customizable courtyard, creating a true extension of the home with a space to gather, play and relax.
With three different floor plans starting at 3,000 square feet, four to seven bedrooms, three to six bathrooms and a thriving community feel, prospective homebuyers can find everything they are looking for at Sage at Maple Lawn.
*As compared to a standard Maryland home with a HERS score of 60 as listed on the HERC report representing a 2012 IECC code built home.
**As compared to a standard Maryland home with a HERS score of 100 as listed on the HERC report representing a 2006 IECC code built home.
Bozzuto is a privately held, diversified residential real estate company that creates extraordinary experiences of home and community. We are passionate about inspiring our customers, clients and partners through our expertise in multifamily development, construction, and management, as well as homebuilding. Since 1988, our strong relationships have allowed us to acquire, develop and build more than 42,000 homes and apartments and manage more than 54,000 apartment residences. Bozzuto is committed to providing quality housing for individuals of all income levels, producing and managing communities that range from luxury homes and apartments to affordable housing solutions. For more information, please visit www.bozzuto.com.