New Frontiers green, multi-family structure first in Grand County
September 19, 2008
New Frontier Construction & Development, Inc. of Winter Park is excited to build the first-ever multi-family unit in Grand County that is certified green-built with a five-star energy rating. The two-unit townhouse is located at 195 and 205 Dreamcatcher South at Dreamcatcher at Lakota, Inc. with developer Stuart Huster.Although the company for most of its 12-year history has always steered in the direction of efficiency, building more than 100 (mostly custom) area homes, it is just in this past year that the experienced staff has really put a focus on building green.Theres a lot of things you can do that dont cost a lot of money, said Keith Noble, project manager for the company. Virtually in every phase you can use built-green practices, added Kevin Romero, company partner with Dennis Saffell and Doug Oury and executive vice president of construction management.Its one thing to build green, Romero said. Its a whole nother thing to have a company certify youve done it, he said regarding their rating from EnergyLogics Home Energy Rating System. For this new home project Romero estimates each of two new units can expect a cost savings of up to $2,500 annually over the standard home efficiency.New Frontier adheres to the countys building department standards and then does what staff feels is at least double those requirements. They follow the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code as a baseline and prides itself in being beyond that.It was a conscious decision that we made as were building to take into account our impact on the environment, Romero said. And to build a better product, Noble added. The benefit to the owner is that (the structure) is built better, saves money, and is built to todays standards.Each side of the home, to be complete by summer 2009, will be listed around $1.3 million or potential owners may purchase quarter shares at about $400,000 for one week per month (with the option to trade). The units will be completely dried in, with roof in place, by the end of this month. Im ahead of schedule and under budget, Noble said. That means Im a hero, I think. I should be wearing a cape and a mask.One unit is rated five-star, the other five-star-plus; ratings which mean careful selection and installation was used toward the insulation, windows, boiler and heating system, location to where the sun rises and sets, lighting and appliances. Energy-efficient features include low-flow toilets and showerheads, top-of-the-line appliances, and Xeriscaping utilizing large boulders and rocks.Building is what I do, Noble said, adding that when youre used to doing something usually easy, its fun to do something different and challenging. Every time you build a house, you might as well build it better, right?Built in the style of traditional rustic mountain charm, the units have 10-foot ceilings, four bedrooms and four-and-a-half baths. One unit has 3,250 square feet, the other 3,100. Master bedroom details include around 650 feet, walk-in closet, and steam shower and air-jetted tub in the master bathroom.They are similar in design to four of New Frontiers other homes in the subdivision, designed by Baker-Hogan-Hoax, with asphalt composition shingle roof and wood and stone siding. Paved driveways lead residents and guests along the wooded neighborhood that boasts incredible views of the Winter Park ski resort.Each of the two units has three fireplaces, one in the master bedroom, one in the great room, and one in the recreation room (which also has a mini bar). Highlights in their two-car, heated garages include four spaces for locked storage, a boot dryer, and mountain bikes are provided for quarter-share owners.Nobel said there is a strong possibility the home will be a candidate for the next years Parade of Homes and Romero said the company hopes to be able to do 100 percent of its products built-green. Other big news for the companys future includes branching out to Grand Junction. Other than that, Noble said he just hopes to build up the companys built-green program.If you build green now it betters your investment. Youre saving on something that fluctuates wildly, Noble said about the utility savings alone. Its the way ahead.