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Meritage Homes unveils its Extreme Green homes in Las Vegas
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Meritage Homes unveils its Extreme Green homes in Las Vegas

Meritage Homes Corporation, alongside Las Vegas Mayor Oscar B. Goodman, Councilman Steve Ross and other local dignitaries, today unveiled its new Extreme Green “deconstructed” model home within the Providence master-planned community of Northern Terrace in Centennial Hills.

The “deconstructed” Extreme Green model home includes informative displays and even exposed walls to show potential homeowners the innovative energy-saving features being built into the homes.  Overall, the Extreme Green homes can save homeowners up to 50 percent on their utility bills when compared to a typical existing home.

“With these Extreme Green homes, Meritage Homes is pioneering an entirely new level of energy-efficient home building in Las Vegas,” said C.R. Herro, vice president of environmental affairs for Meritage Homes. “We’re proud to have developed a new approach to home building by making homes more energy-efficient and still affordable.”

Mayor Goodman and Councilman Ross joined Bob Stewart, senior vice president of customer relationship of NV Energy, and other local dignitaries to celebrate the homebuilder’s commitment to sustainable building practices.

“Las Vegas has long proven itself a world leader in sustainability and providing green solutions,” said Mayor Oscar B. Goodman.  “We are proud that government and the private sector in our community embrace sustainability and its importance to our future.”

Thanks to the Advanced Building Techniques (ABT) program sponsored by NV Energy, the first 20 homebuyers will be able to purchase a solar energy system for their home at a reduced cost that adds only $54 per month to their 30-year monthly mortgage payment.  And the solar energy system enables homeowners to save even more on their utility costs – up to 80 percent – versus competing new homes in the valley.

“Energy efficiency is an important part of Nevada’s energy future,” said Bob Stewart, senior vice president of customer relationship for NV Energy. “NV Energy’s Advanced Building Techniques program is helping builders like Meritage Homes develop communities that demonstrate all the best that technology offers for creating sustainable, energy efficient homes in Nevada.” 

NV Energy and ConSol partnered to deliver the ABT program aimed at improving the energy efficiency of home construction in southern Nevada well beyond minimum energy codes. ABT homes will save approximately 9,000 kWh per home per year. Through the program, Meritage Homes received technical analysis and design support, marketing assistance, and rebates based on kWh savings.

The energy efficiency features in the Extreme Green homes include: spray foam insulation, weather sensing irrigation, double vinyl low-E windows, energy efficient CFL lighting, dual flush actuator toilets, high performance water saving plumbing fixtures and a 14 SEER air conditioning unity.  The first 20 homes sold with the solar electricity option include a solar/thermal energy system integrated with space heating, water heating and ventilation.

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