Sustainability and Luxury Converge at Tramonto Bello: Realtor Ali Al-Asady describes a new luxury green home community in Peoria
Apr 30, 2014 10:11AM
● By Ali Al-Asady
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), we spend 90 percent of our time indoors. Homes use 21 percent of the total energy consumption. The average existing home has a 30 percent air leak and can cause twice the greenhouse gas emissions of a typical car. Many homes also contain volatile organic compounds such as lead paint, which can affect millions of children in the U.S., and radon gas, which is the second leading cause of cancer. So what is the answer? Build a better home for people and the environment.
The prestige custom home community of Tramonto Bello is a new subdivision in an established neighborhood in the heart of Peoria, offering 17 large home sites with barbeque picnic areas, green belts and a playground for everyone to enjoy. True Custom is a luxury builder that can provide buyers with a selection of well-designed home plans that can be modified and personalized, or buyers may provide their own. True Custom offers a simple approach to build to suit with three luxury packages starting at only $185.00 a square foot including the lot.
The site is an infill lot located in the heart of Peoria and is a very short distance from such amenities as Banner & Arrowhead Hospitals, ASU West, Glendale Community College, Midwestern University, Honeywell, Arrowhead Mall and Arrowhead Golf Club.
All homes in Tramonto Bello are ENERGY STAR certified and Environments For Living Platinum-level guaranteed.
The prescriptive, performance-based program structure of the Environments For Living program was developed with the assistance of nationally recognized experts in the field of building science, Building Science Corp. and Advanced Energy. The program meets the requirements of the EPA’s ENERGY STAR program and, at the Platinum energy level, meets the U.S. Department of Energy Building America specifications. In 2007, the Environments For Living Certified Green program was introduced, combining the energy and building science platform of the program with added environmentally beneficial features, such as indoor water efficiency and appliance and lighting efficiency. It, too, was designed to be compatible with other green building programs nationally and locally.
A comprehensive HERS home energy rating, conducted by a certified RESNET Home Energy Rater, is the most in-depth energy performance assessment of a home that consumers will find. Each home at Tramonto Bello is individually tested with a guaranteed HERS index as low as 55, which means tremendous savings in utilities and energy consumption. The HERS audit consists of diagnostic testing using specialized equipment, such as a blower door test, duct leakage tester, combustion analyzer and infrared cameras. The purpose is to determine the amount and location of air leaks in the building envelope, the amount of leakage from HVAC distribution ducts, the effectiveness of insulation inside walls and ceilings, and any existing or potential combustion safety issues.
Buyers in Tramonto Bello can enjoy absolute flexibility in choosing floor plans and have the absolute freedom to have their home built just the way they envision it, while receiving tremendous savings on utilities and guaranteed comfort.
Ali Al-Asady is a Realtor with HomeSmart, IKOLOJI graduate, sustainable building advisor (SBA) and NAR green designee, EcoBroker Certified and LEED GA seeker. For more information, contact 623-332-4116 or [email protected].