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Want a zero energy home? De Young is building an entire neighborhood

De Young Properties will build a grid-connected, zero energy home community in Clovis.
De Young Properties will build a grid-connected, zero energy home community in Clovis.

De Young Properties is getting ready to build the state’s largest grid-connected zero energy home community in Clovis.

The development near Shaw and Highland avenues, called De Young EnVision, will contain 36 houses with the builder’s SmartHome energy efficient designs plus Tesla solar panels to enable each home to produce as much energy as it uses.

“Its green design and energy efficiency measures will enable homeowners to achieve extremely low energy bills, to live more comfortably, and to reduce their carbon footprint,” Brandon De Young, executive vice president, said during a news conference and unveiling Tuesday morning at the Clovis Veterans Memorial District.

The builder was joined by BIRAenergy, Electric Power Research Institute and Pacific Gas and Electric Co., which partnered with De Young on the research and development of the smart homes. A Tesla representative also attended.

The development marks a milestone in home building exceeding California’s energy standards and helping to achieve the goal of making all new homes zero net energy, agency representatives said during a panel discussion.

“De Young Properties saw the future of California and embraced it,” said Martha Brook, adviser to Commissioner Andrew McAllister at the California Energy Commission. “They worked with technology experts and industry partners to demonstrate that the state’s clean energy goals are not just attainable but also practical, affordable and elegant.”

The EnVision houses will include De Young’s EnergySmart and ControlSmart designs, including 2-by-6 wood studs instead of the typical 2-by-4 lumber to provide thicker exterior walls, and a sealed attic that will extend the insulation from the ceiling to the top of the home.

New features include a heat pump water heater that will extract heat from the surrounding air to warm up water and home control technology like Amazon’s Alexa that allows residents to talk to their home, De Young said.

Tesla’s low-profile, sleek black solar panels will be available through a 20-year zero down payment lease. Homeowners will receive a monthly solar lease bill and a utility bill from PG&E. The EnVision homes will connect to the utility company’s power grid and will require homeowners to pay standard connection rates and fees.

De Young Properties saw the future of California and embraced it.

Martha Brook, adviser to Commissioner Andrew McAllister of the California Energy Commission

The houses use less energy than existing homes, so bills are likely to be very low, De Young said. The energy bill will vary depending on a homeowner’s energy use and production, he said.

The development will have eight floor plans ranging from 1,690 square feet to 3,820. Prices start in the $300,000s.

BoNhia Lee: 559-441-6495, @bonhialee

De Young EnVision Pre-Grand Opening Event

When: Sept. 23

Where: De Young Armstrong Welcome Center, Armstrong Avenue south of Gettysburg in Clovis.

Information: Call 559-296-9996 or visit deyoungproperties.com

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