Green Building & Sustainable Development
GridPoint Connect Featured in Sage Homebuilders' Near-Zero Energy Home
GridPoint, a provider of clean-tech products and intelligent energy solutions for utilities, consumers and businesses, today announced that GridPoint Connect is featured in the Sage Near-Zero Energy Home, a highlight of the green building tour for NAHB's National Green Building Conference March 25-27 in St. Louis.
Sponsored by Owens Corning, Sage Homebuilders' showcase home generates renewable energy as one of its many green features. GridPoint Connect serves as an intelligent hub for the home's solar system. The attractive, award-winning appliance combines power electronics, high-capacity battery storage, and an advanced computer to replace the complex balance of system previously required for renewable energy installations. It integrates and stores the home's solar energy, as well as automatically increases energy efficiency and provides instant, clean, reliable backup power for the home's sump pump, refrigerator, lighting, geothermal system and more in the event of an outage.
"GridPoint Connect's sleek, plug-and-play unit and user-friendly interface appeal to homeowners who seek a simplified way to adopt renewable energy, which has traditionally been regarded as complicated," said Rick Hunter, Managing Partner, Sage Homebuilders. "GridPoint has created an excellent product to help take solar into the mainstream."
GridPoint Connect's accompanying Web portal, GridPoint Central, enables customers to set a personal energy profile to automatically reduce consumption and costs (e.g., turning a water heater off during the day), as well as view environmental data such as how much renewable energy they've produced.
GridPoint Connect is featured in the U.S. Green Building Council's highest-rated residences for Leadership in Environmental Design for Homes (LEED-H); was named Consumer Electronics Association's Innovations 2007 Honoree, Best Overall in Home Appliances; and received Green Builder Magazine's Most Innovative Product 2006.
A leader in the St. Louis green building movement, Sage Homebuilders designs and builds custom homes that meet a growing demand for a healthier and more conscientious lifestyle. For more information on the near-zero energy home, visit www.sagestl.com
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