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SunTerra EnergyBlockTM provides an interior decorative masonry wall surface utilizing the principle of thermal mass to create an even temperature throughout a home year-round. The thermal mass absorbs heat energy when the surroundings are higher in temperature than the mass and gives thermal energy back when the surroundings are cooler. This produces the most efficient and comfortable living environment available for the homeowners.

FEATURES

  1. Innovative, decorative insulated SunTerra EnergyBlock™ construction
  2. Passive solar, high-mass, “thermal battery” can store multiple days of heat, while providing a comfortable living environment.
  3. Automatic interior insulated shutter to capture and retain passive solar heating, the primary heating source.
  4. Natural, free, automatic temperature controlled passive cooling eliminates the need for mechanical air conditioning.
  5. High ceilings, open space concept enhances the absorption and discharge of natural heat energy.
  6. Polished and rustic granite walls with slate accents provide aesthetic value to the home’s interior.
  7. A two-ton ductless heat pump is capable of providing second-stage heating for a 7,000 degree day year heating area.
  8. A net-zero, state-of-the-art, energy-efficient, sustainable home.
  9. Earth Advantage and Energy Star Certified

 

Built in Sisters, Oregon in 2011

Cost per square foot $165.51

Includes all costs from bare ground to move in except for lot cost, finance expense, active solar system and landscaping.

Additional Details

PLAN #: SE 2160TD

•  LEVELS:  2

•  MAIN LEVEL:  1520 SQ FT

•  UPPER LEVEL: 640 SQ FT

•  OTHER LEVELS: None

•  GARAGE:  867 SQ FT

•  COVERED PORCH:  268 SQ FT

•  DECKS: 80 SQ FT

•  SHOP:  Yes

•  STORAGE – BONUS:  328 SQ FT

•  N to S DIMENSIONS:  86′

•  E to W DIMENSIONS:  44′

•  HEIGHT:  23′

•  ROOF PITCH:  8:12

•  PARKING:  2 Car Garage

Includes a PDF of our 122-page Conservation Guide providing the latest in building science and proven cost-effective, energy-saving features that you may incorporate in to the construction of your new home.

SunTerra EnergyBlockTM provides an interior decorative masonry wall surface utilizing the principle of thermal mass to create an even temperature throughout a home year-round. The thermal mass absorbs heat energy when the surroundings are higher in temperature than the mass and gives thermal energy back when the surroundings are cooler. This produces the most efficient and comfortable living environment available for the homeowners.

The pinnacle of energy conservation
Constructed with SunTerra EnergyBlock wall system
Improved comfort with high-thermal-mass storage
29% advantage over wood framing per Oregon State Cascades research
85% annual heating reduction/savings
Eliminates the need for mechanical air conditioning
Improves passive solar contribution with heat storage
Triple glazed, heat mirror, fiberglass efficient windows
Walls of concrete, steel, and insulation provide a strong, quiet house
No moisture, mold, rot, or pest problems in this home
Air quality assured with the energy recovery ventilation system
Low maintenance exterior with standing seam metal roof
Open, modern, multi-level floor plan with high ceilings
Covered entry, covered patio deck and sun deck with hot tub
Experience the beauty of decorative masonry in every room

Built in Bend, Oregon 2015

Cost per Square foot $160.49

Includes all cost from bare ground to move in except: Lot cost, financing expense, low voltage wiring, active solar system, and landscaping

Additional Details

PLAN #: 2857TD

•  LEVELS:  2

•  MAIN LEVEL:  1748 SQ FT

•  UPPER LEVEL: 1109 SQ FT

•  OTHER LEVELS:

•  GARAGE:  867 SQ FT

•  COVERED PORCH:  105 SQ FT

•  DECKS: 371 SQ FT

•  SHOP:  Yes

•  STORAGE – BONUS:  Shop Area

•  N to S DIMENSIONS:  42′

•  E to W DIMENSIONS:  74′

•  HEIGHT:  28′

•  ROOF PITCH:  3:12

•  PARKING:  2 Car Garage

Includes a PDF of our 122-page Conservation Guide providing the latest in building science and proven cost-effective, energy-saving features that you may incorporate in to the construction of your new home.

This couple contacted SunTerra Homes requesting that we design and build another home for them in their later years.  The first home we built for them was a two-story, and now they are looking for a single-level home addressing better their future needs.  After reviewing the benefits of SunTerra EnergyBlock construction, they chose to build with Sunterra EnergyBlock.

The home is a single-level, slab-on-grade construction with no steps at any transition.  The entry features a 13-foot high ceiling transitioning to 11 feet in the great room and 9 feet through the rest of the home.  We incorporated LED indirect lighting in the great room entry, nook, and office.

“This will most likely be our last home,” stated our repeat homeowners.

Additional Details

PLAN #: SE 2231SL

•  LEVELS:  1

•  MAIN LEVEL:  2231 SQ FT

•  LOWER LEVEL:  116 SQ FT

•  OTHER LEVELS:

•  GARAGE: 686 SQ FT

•  COVERED PORCH:  288 SQ FT

•  DECKS: 528 SQ FT

•  SHOP:  Yes

•  STORAGE – BONUS:  Shop Area

•  N to S DIMENSIONS:  48′

•  E to W DIMENSIONS:  70′

•  HEIGHT:  30′

•  ROOF PITCH:  6:12

•  PARKING:  2 Car Garage

Includes a PDF of our 122-page Conservation Guide providing the latest in building science and proven cost-effective, energy-saving features that you may incorporate in to the construction of your new home.

A large-feeling, compactly-designed energy efficient home for a couple that works out of their home during the day and requires needed space for group gatherings in the evening. This home has 10′ ceilings in the great room and 9′ ceilings in the master suite.

Notice the efficient use of 1,520 square feet without the need for halls. Both rear patios and entry porch have large covered areas. The home was built on-slab with radiant heated floors. A large storage area is also designed into the truss over the garage.

Additional Details

Plan #: 1520SL

  • LEVELS: 1
  • MAIN LEVEL: 1520 SQ FT
  • UPPER LEVEL:
  • OTHER LEVELS:
  • GARAGE: 667 SQ FT
  • COVERED PORCH: 352 SQ FT
  • DECKS:

  • SHOP: Yes
  • STORAGE – BONUS: 214 SF
  • N to S DIMENSIONS: 52′
  • E to W DIMENSIONS: 60′
  • HEIGHT: 19′
  • ROOF PITCH: 6:12
  • PARKING: 2 Car Garage

Includes a PDF of our 122-page Conservation Guide providing the latest in building science and proven cost-effective, energy-saving features that you may incorporate in to the construction of your new home.

A spacious energy-efficient design with all the features in the right location without wasted space. This green home has a very open, passive-solar design. Enjoy your outdoor living space on the east side with morning sun and evening shade. The entry displays a 12′ high barrel-vault ceiling transitioning to a 10′ ceiling in the great room and a 9′ ceiling over the master suite, kitchen, and guest room. There is a corner wood-burning stove with back lighting sitting on a raised hearth in the great room. The study is visually closed but open to create air movement from solar gain.

Plan includes radiant floor heating layout. Energy recovery ventilation and optional forced air cooling system.

Additional Details

Plan #: 1560SL

  • LEVELS: 1
  • MAIN LEVEL: 1560 SQ FT
  • UPPER LEVEL:  SQ FT
  • OTHER LEVELS:  SQ FT
  • GARAGE: 624 SQ FT
  • COVERED PORCH: 288 SQ FT
  • DECKS:  SQ FT

  • SHOP: None
  • STORAGE – BONUS: 192 SQ FT
  • N to S DIMENSIONS: 64′
  • E to W DIMENSIONS: 54′
  • HEIGHT: 21′
  • ROOF PITCH: 6:12
  • PARKING: 2 Car Garage

Includes a PDF of our 122-page Conservation Guide providing the latest in building science and proven cost-effective, energy-saving features that you may incorporate in to the construction of your new home.

This home includes both a covered porch and rear covered patio. It has a 12′ high arched ceiling separating the 10′ high living area and the 9′ high dining-kitchen area. The den features a 10′ high ceiling with passive solar. A beautiful corner-glass fireplace is located next to the entertainment center.

The home was built with an unattached garage but could be added to the floor plan off the utility room. This is a lot of home for its 1564 square-feet, energy-efficient, compact design.

Included with the plans is a two-zone radiant floor heating tube and heat recovery ventilation layout.

Additional Details

  • PLAN #: 1564SL
  • LEVELS: 1
  • MAIN LEVEL: 1564 SQ FT
  • UPPER LEVEL:  SQ FT
  • OTHER LEVELS:  SQ FT
  • GARAGE:  SQ FT
  • COVERED PORCH: 192 SQ FT
  • DECKS:  SQ FT


  • SHOP: None
  • STORAGE – BONUS: None 
  • N to S DIMENSIONS: 44′
  • E to W DIMENSIONS: 48′
  • HEIGHT: 20′
  • ROOF PITCH: 6:12
  • PARKING: 

Includes a PDF of our 122-page Conservation Guide providing the latest in building science and proven cost-effective, energy-saving features that you may incorporate in to the construction of your new home.

An energy-efficient shape and use of space with this passive-solar home. You enter this home through the solarium, into the great room with its 10′ ceiling accentuated by arches on each side transitioning to the radius wall in the living area. The living room is a great design for a surround-sound home theatre. The master suite and secondary bedrooms are separated for privacy.

This home is designed for total wheelchair accessibility without any steps to hinder travel over the warm heated floors. This plan provides a great value in features and comfort for the cost. Two-zone radiant floor heating tube layout and heat recovery ventilation with solar heated air distribution are included with the plan.

Additional Details

  • PLAN #: 1600SL
  • LEVELS: 1
  • MAIN LEVEL: 1600 SQ FT
  • UPPER LEVEL:  SQ FT
  • OTHER LEVELS:  SQ FT
  • GARAGE: 440 SQ FT
  • COVERED PORCH: 312 SQ FT
  • DECKS: 632 SQ FT
  • SHOP:  None
  • STORAGE – BONUS:  Attic Truss
  • N to S DIMENSIONS: 38′
  • E to W DIMENSIONS: 66′
  • HEIGHT: 19′
  • ROOF PITCH: 6:12
  • PARKING: 2 Car Garage

Includes a PDF of our 122-page Conservation Guide providing the latest in building science and proven cost-effective, energy-saving features that you may incorporate in to the construction of your new home.

This home is an efficient, passive-solar design both in use of space and energy. You enter this home through the south-facing covered porch into a foyer that says warmth of solar and expanse of space. You are in the solarium entry that flows through the lower recreation area and up the open staircase to the lofted living space above. This is a reverse living plan putting you above the norm. This great room concept flows horizontal and vertical. There are two upper decks north off the dining area and south off the master suite.

Radiant floor heating with air-to-water heat pump and ventilation design drawings are included.

Additional Details

Plan #: 1688RL
  • LEVELS: 3
  • MAIN LEVEL:  1010 SQ FT
  • UPPER LEVEL:  SQ FT
  • OTHER LEVELS: 678 SQ FT
  • GARAGE: 582 SQ FT
  • COVERED PORCH: 430 SQ FT
  • DECKS: 318 SQ FT
  • SHOP: Yes
  • STORAGE – BONUS: Shop Area
  • N to S DIMENSIONS: 50′
  • E to W DIMENSIONS: 45′
  • HEIGHT: 24′-6″
  • ROOF PITCH: 6:12
  • PARKING: 2 Car Garage

Includes a PDF of our 122-page Conservation Guide providing the latest in building science and proven cost-effective, energy-saving features that you may incorporate in to the construction of your new home.

SUNTERRA’S PATH TO ZERO ENERGY HOMES

OUR MISSION
To design and build an affordable home that produces as much energy as it consumes each year it is occupied. OUR METHOD Apply design elements construction methods and building products that achieve a cost effective zero energy home.

OUR STATEMENT
This home must provide a superior healthy comfortable living environment, sustainable value, and satisfaction our clients’ deserve.

OUR GOALS
Build this home for our client to achieve no greater cost to live in during its life cycle than a typical home built to code. Off sett additional mortgage interest with energy saving cost, financial added rebates, and tax benefits. Obtain more home equity value at no additional expense.

Additional Details

Plan 1772TD
  • LEVELS: 2
  • MAIN LEVEL: 1551 SQ FT
  • UPPER LEVEL: SQ FT
  • OTHER LEVELS:  621SQ FT
  • GARAGE: 576 SQ FT
  • COVERED PORCH: 56 SQ FT
  • DECKS: 80 SQ FT

SHOP: Yes
STORAGE – BONUS: Shop Area
N to S DIMENSIONS: 38′
E to W DIMENSIONS: 68′
HEIGHT: 24′
ROOF PITCH: 6:12
PARKING: 2 Car Garage

Includes a PDF of our 122-page Conservation Guide providing the latest in building science and proven cost-effective, energy-saving features that you may incorporate in to the construction of your new home.

Enter this passive solar home from the south through the warm sun space to the living room area. The ceiling is vaulted up to the loft and balcony above. Continue through the two-story dining room area into a large kitchen with two pantries.

The master suite is on the radiant-heated, main-level floor. Above the open stairs is the all purpose loft with adjoining deck. The open balcony takes you to the other two bedrooms and bathroom.

Lots of home in under 1,800 square feet and don’t overlook the optional shop. Plan includes radiant floor heating tube layout and energy recovery ventilation design.

Additional Details

  • PLAN #: 1798TD
  • LEVELS: 2
  • MAIN LEVEL: 1168 SQ FT
  • UPPER LEVEL: 626 SQ FT
  • OTHER LEVELS:  SQ FT
  • GARAGE: 1056 SQ FT
  • COVERED PORCH: 89 SQ FT
  • DECKS: 80 SQ FT


  • SHOP: Yes
  • STORAGE – BONUS: Shop Area
  • N to S DIMENSIONS: 46′
  • E to W DIMENSIONS: 72′
  • HEIGHT: 23′
  • ROOF PITCH: 6:12
  • PARKING: 2 Car Garage

Includes a PDF of our 122-page Conservation Guide providing the latest in building science and proven cost-effective, energy-saving features that you may incorporate in to the construction of your new home.