Energy Efficient Homes From the Start
As The Sonders Project kicks off, learn how Thrive Home Builders has designed with sustainability and efficiency in mind.
Thrive recently hosted a “dusty boots tour” to show off the progress and explain the sustainability intricacies that make these homes so unique.
I had the opportunity to interview Bill Rectanus, Chief Operating Officer, and Gene Myers, Chief Sustainability Officer, about the age-targeted, sustainable community. They explained how the homes are designed for active adults, enabling them to stay in their homes longer.
The single-level floor plans and wide doors and hallways abate future mobility and aging concerns, and two primary bedrooms make it possible for a caregiver or relative to move in.
During the interview, Rectanus explained how the framing process for these homes differs from a traditional build. “In a lot of homes, you think that more framing is better–but that's actually the opposite. You can really minimize the amount of lumber you put into a home and therefore maximize the insulation.” He also described the techniques Thrive uses to reduce the energy consumption in homes and maximize the solar systems.