First LEED Platinum Home in Florida: Callaway, FL

Newly-constructed factory-built modular, two-story home with covered porch and photovoltaic panels on roof.This near zero energy home (NZEH) in Callaway, Florida, was built by Promise Land Builders with technical assistance from FSEC’s Building America Industrialized Housing Partnership (BAIHP) through a partnership with Stalwart Built Homes.  Stalwart Built Homes provide participating builders with high performance modular building systems that are designed and constructed with the Building America systems engineering approach.  The building systems, combined with builder training activities, enable builders to overcome technical, quality, and economic challenges encountered with high performance housing.

This 1371 sqft, three bedroom “Nashville” model home is the first home in Florida to achieve LEED™ Platinum certification, the highest certification level a home can reach through the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED for Homes program.  This program rewards performance in a variety of environmental areas including sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and homeowner awareness.

Some features of the Stalwart Built Homes NZEH include:

  • 3.6 kW photovoltaic system
  • Closed loop Geothermal heating and cooling unit with
    supplemental dehumidification
  • Desuperheater providing hot water with waste heat from
    geothermal unit
  • Low-e windows (U = 0.32, SHGC = 0.29)
  • Spray foam insulation under roof deck and under crawlspace floor
  • Ductwork inside home’s air and thermal barrier
  • Reflective metal roof
  • Energy Star appliances
  • Compact fluorescent lighting throughout
  • Sustainable and low-emitting interior finishes
  • HERS Index = 26