Breaking Ground Contracting Constructs Passive House
Action News Jax, November 8, 2011
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — When Steve Wyman saw this view of the Guana Preserve he knew it was where he wanted to build his dream home. After talking to a number of contractors, and ironing out the design, he’s finally on his way to reality.”Passive solar houses have always been an area of interest for me. It wasn’t until I retired, that I now have the time go build it,” he said.A passive solar house isn’t just any old home. They originated in Germany and are slowly gaining popularity here in the U.S. The philosophy is centered around the concept that homes should require little to no energy for heating and cooling.
In a nutshell, the home heats and cools itself with solar panels, electrical appliances, lighting and human occupancy. In result, energy consumption is reduced by up to 90 percent.
“Saving energy helps people with their bottom line, it helps people with their everyday and it makes life better not only financially, but from a comfort perspective,” Mary Tappouni said.
Wyman says the goal is to keep the entire build under a million dollars and preserve the neighboring trees. Tappouni, President of Breaking Ground Contracting, says she’s confident the home will be done right and that it will serve as an example for years to come.
“I do think they’ll be a model for not only Florida but for the country,” she said.
After the permits are obtained in February, it’s smooth sailing from there. Wyman and his family plan to be in their brand new home by Christmas 2012.