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Tierra Vista features energy efficient houses

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - A photo of the exterior of a junior enlisted home, taken June 4 at the Schriever housing construction site. Company Grade Officer and junior enlisted homes are expected to be released in September. (U.S. Air Force photo/Amber Whittington)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - A photo of the exterior of a junior enlisted home, taken June 4 at the Schriever housing construction site. Company Grade Officer and junior enlisted homes are expected to be released in September. (U.S. Air Force photo/Amber Whittington)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Since breaking ground last year, Tierra Vista Communities' is nearing completion on an initial group of houses.

Foundations for more than 160 homes are complete. There are 133 framed homes, 65 houses with drywall and another 39 complete with flooring. Construction for a new community center has also started with the foundation for the facility and development of an indoor pool underway.

Not only are TVC and Actus building a housing community for the base, they're focused on building robust, energy-efficient homes for Schriever's Airmen.

"With sustainability as a core value, Actus Lend Lease, housing developer, has implemented the most modern and efficient construction techniques and processes into every aspect of Tierra Vista's design," said Meryl Large, Actus marketing manager.

Innovative programs include the installation of tankless water heaters, which are up to 30 percent more energy efficient than traditional gas water heaters and up to 50 percent more energy efficient than electric water heaters. Spray foam insulation is another way houses will conserve energy.

Spray foam insulation virtually eliminates the issue of air infiltration, which causes cold spots throughout the house, according to Ms. Large. This technology also allows attic space to be unvented, reducing heat loss in cold weather. Fiberglass insulation, called sound batts, is also installed as a way to reduce noise in areas like laundry rooms and kitchens to create a better sound quality throughout houses.

Once complete, Schriever will be home to 242 new Energy Star-compliant houses for Airmen and their families. Tierra Vista Communities expects to release the first series of new company grade officer and junior enlisted homes by September. 

(Story courtesy of Actus Lend Lease)