Watch Live

Tweet TWEET

High Performance Home Unveils Unsurpassed Luxury, Unparalleled Energy Efficiency

High Performance Home Unveils Unsurpassed Luxury, Unparalleled Energy Efficiency 
4,500-Square-Foot Home Lives Large, Offers Energy Self Sufficiency
Without Sacrifice 
HOUSTON, TX -- (Marketwired) -- 05/12/14 --  Imagine keeping a
4,500-square-foot home cool throughout the hottest months of summer
and not paying a dime for your electricity. As improbable as it may
sound, it's now a reality as M Street Homes, M-CoGen, BASF, Reliant
and GE ecomagination have unveiled a new house in Houston that blends
luxury living with the highest level of energy self sufficiency in a
healthier, safer, stronger and smarter home. 
The home -- dubbed SmartLux on Greenpark -- boasts a 39 Home Energy
Rating System (HERS) Index, which is the index by which a home's
energy efficiency is measured. It can also conceivably create more
electricity than it uses and can operate on or off the grid. This
high performance home also saves water, reduces air contaminants and
weathers storms better, all while providing an unsurpassed level of
sustainable living.  
"Our goal in building this home was to combine high performance and
sustainability with luxury. People no longer need to compromise. It
is truly the home of the future," said Randy Erwin, vice president of
M Street Homes.  
Leave it to Houston to find a way to blend luxury living with modern
sustainability. In a city that lives in humid, triple digit
temperatures during the summer, taking a Texas-sized luxury home off
the grid is no small feat. To achieve this milestone, SmartLux on
Greenpark uses a brand new technology, M-CoGen's PowerAire system, to
power the entire home. This micro-trigeneration system is the first
system of its kind available for the residential market. It takes the
traditional micro-combined heat and power (MCHP) system a step
further by adding cooling capabilities, which is a significant share
of traditional electricity use.  
There are several incentives to building a home of this caliber, as
it was engineered to be energy efficient and structurally superior.
Financially, homeowners are able to save, and may even earn money in
the form of a bill credit on their electricity bill because the home
can generate more electricity than it potentially consumes. This
creates low to zero net electric utility bills and excess electricity
returned to the grid provides a bill credit through a sell back plan
and grid contribution agreement offered by Reliant. 
Living is easy at SmartLux on Greenpark. The home features four
bedrooms, four and a half baths, three living areas, a home theater,
a wet bar area and an elevator. The tallest ceiling in the home
towers at 28 feet while 78 windows ensure the home is light and
bright throughout. What's even more amazing? The home only needs one
five ton air conditioning system to cool it throughout.  
"Typically cooling and heating comprise the lion's share of
electricity usage in the average home," said Donald Williams, M-CoGen
CEO. "Our system is unlike any other on the market today in its
ability to offer both. Home electricity demand is reduced by as much
as 70 percent, while the house has a virtually uninterruptable power
supply. This advanced technology offers homeowners the ability to
stay fully functional on or off the grid and could even create micro
grids in the future if systems are tied together." 
M-CoGen's PowerAire system's multiple power redundancies include
solar power, a natural gas powered generator, rechargeable battery
power, and interconnection to the grid, all of which contribute to a
distributed solution, giving the home energy independence. The system
can even tie into wind energy, if available, although it is not
incorporated into this home. 
The SmartLux on Greenpark home has sustainable features at every
turn. BASF Spraytite(R) closed-cell spray polyurethane foam
insulation and Enertite(R) open-cell spray polyurethane foam
insulation are used to insulate the unvented attic and walls
respectively. The closed cell foam in the attic strengthens the roof
while creating a conditioned attic for the HVAC system, which is only
three to five degrees warmer than the rest of the home. Additionally,
the open cell foam in the walls not only insulates, but also
air-seals, which helps to keep dust, pollutants and allergens out of
the home. Together these products seal and blanket the home to
provide a safe and comfortable environment for the homeowners. 
"While the BASF technology aides in efficiency with heating and
cooling, it also provides fundamental and structural benefits," said
Chris Rosemond, construction science architect for the BASF Center
for Building Excellence. "The unvented attic, along with state-of-the
art insulation increases efficiency and racking strength, making the
home better equipped to endure challenging weather conditions."  
The home also provides a healthier indoor air quality as it is
designed to prevent the flow of air contaminants, such as carbon
monoxide, from undesirable locations. It is also better equipped to
manage moisture, which lowers humidity, and in turn, reduces the
development of mold, mildew and bacteria. A high quality -- MERV 10
(minimum efficiency reporting value) -- air filter was installed and
the home's filtration system continuously circulates fresh, clean air
throughout the home.  
To top it all off, the house also has a highly efficient water
system. With an on-demand hot water button installed at every sink,
the home owner has hot water in seconds, rather than minutes in a
normal home, saving thousands of gallons of water a year.
GeoSpring(TM) water heaters, by GE ecomagination, a GE commitment,
reduce water heater costs by more than $365 a year, based on DOE test
procedures and direct comparison of a 50 gallon standard electric
water heater, using 4879 kWh per year, and a GeoSpring hybrid
electric water heater, using only 1830 kWh per year. This comparison
also takes into account the national average electricity rate of 12
cents per kWh. 
"GeoSpring(TM) Hybrid water heaters alone make a dramatic difference
in the sustainability and cost of a home's water system," said Craig
Lobel, founder of EcoEdge Consulting and lead consultant for GE
ecomagination in Texas. "Combined with the other facets of the
SmartLux on Greenpark home, the system created is incomparable to any
other residential home on the market." 
"We are pleased to have been chosen as the retail electricity
provider of choice for this exciting new project. Reliant and NRG
Energy have a strong commitment to helping change the way consumers
think about how they use energy -- whether it's through plans like
our sell-back plan, or through the smart energy services we offer,"
said Scott Burns, Director of Innovation at Reliant.  
"Our parent company, NRG, is known across the nation for being an
industry leader in the development of renewable and distributed
energy solutions like solar power and electric vehicle charging.
Taking part in advancement of new energy technology that is changing
the lives of consumers is an important part of who we are as a
company and we look forward to continuing to support customers as
they adopt new approaches to their energy consumption." 
SmartLux on Greenpark has received several external stamps of
approval. The home meets requirements for several energy efficient
building standards, namely: Environments for Living Platinum, BEYOND
High Performance(R) approach from BASF, and the Department of Energy
Challenge Home. Additionally, it exceeds most requirements for the GE
ecomagination High Performance Home Program and U.S. Green Building
Council LEED(R) (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for
homes certification platinum. 
For more information about the SmartLux on Greenpark home, visit the
microsite at www.SmartLuxonGreenpark.com. 
About BASF - The Chemical Company
 BASF Corporation, headquartered in
Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE,
Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has nearly 17,000 employees in North
America, and had sales of $19.3 billion in 2013. For more information
about BASF's North American operations, visit www.basf.us. 
BASF is the world's leading chemical company: The Chemical Company.
Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products
and crop protection products to oil and gas. We combine economic
success with environmental protection and social responsibility.
Through science and innovation, we enable our customers in nearly
every industry to meet the current and future needs of society. Our
products and solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring
nutrition and improving quality of life. We have summed up this
contribution in our corporate purpose: We create chemistry for a
sustainable future. BASF had sales of about EUR 74 billion in 2013
and over 112,000 employees as of the end of the year. Further
information on BASF is available on the Internet at www.basf.com. 
About GE 
 GE Appliances is at the forefront of building innovative,
energy-efficient appliances that improve people's lives. GE
Appliances' products include refrigerators, freezers, cooking
products, dishwashers, washers, dryers, air conditioners, water
filtration systems and water heaters. General Electric (NYSE: GE)
works on things that matter to build a world that works better. For
more information on GE Appliances, visitwww.ge.com/appliances. 
About M-CoGen 
 M-CoGen manufactures micro-combined cooling, heat and
power systems (MCCHP) designed to provide power for residential,
commercial, light industrial, military and government markets.
M-CoGen's patent pending hybrid MCCHP system can achieve efficiency
levels twice those of existing combined cycle large-scale power
generation systems. M-CoGen's MCCHP systems reduce energy costs,
increase energy efficiency, balance existing renewable power
generation systems, and greatly improve energy security and power
reliability all the while offering a clean and continuous source of
power. More information can be found at www.mcogen.com. 
About M Street Homes 
 With roughly 70 years experience, M Street
Homes has a history of building, designing, and selling homes of
quality and value for their customers. The company is committed to
establishing a higher standard of stewardship to the health of
customers, the community, and the world by building homes that are
sustainable and more environmentally friendly. M Street Homes adopted
a comprehensive "green"-building program, coined "M Street Edge", as
its promise to build homes that are healthier, safer, more durable,
energy efficient, comfortable and environmentally conscious than most
competitors. To learn more, visit www.mstreethomeshouston.com. 
About Reliant
 Reliant provides electricity, smart energy solutions,
and energy services to business and residential customers across
Texas. Reliant is part of NRG (NYSE: NRG), a Fortune 500 company that
is at the forefront of changing how people think about, buy and use
energy. Backed by a diverse portfolio of about 100 power generating
facilities that can support over 46 million homes nationwide, NRG's
retail businesses, including Reliant, collectively comprise Texas'
largest retail energy provider and serves almost 3 million customers
in 10 states and the District of Columbia. For more information about
Reliant products and services, please visit www.reliant.com. Connect
with Reliant on Facebook at www.facebook.com/reliantenergy and on
Twitter @reliantenergy. 
Image Available: http://www2.marketwire.com/mw/frame_mw?attachid=2587082 
Image Available: http://www2.marketwire.com/mw/frame_mw?attachid=2587190 
Media Contacts:
April Lynch
Fifth Ring
713-922-1895
april.lynch@fifthring.com  
Claire Jackson
Fifth Ring
832-465-3563
claire.jackson@fifthring.com 
 
 
Press spacebar to pause and continue. Press esc to stop.