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Our experience living in a Zero Energy Home (ZEH) has been extremely positive so far. The quality of materials and construction produces a solid feeling, precision fit and finish, which, as an engineer, is conducive to a satisfying lifestyle. The home’s thermal mass means constant temperatures year-round; no wide temperature swings, just continuous, constant comfort. The wall density and window quality provide an exceptionally quiet interior, and the near-soundless HVAC system does not detract from the quietness. The energy efficiency speaks for itself – positive energy production from day 1, including frequent charging of multiple EVs. The self-contained dehumidification and energy recovery ventilation systems mean that the indoor air quality is always pristine. The only downside is that we are reluctant to ever open the many operable windows throughout the house!
There does not appear to be any downside to living in a ZEH. The views are expansive, the layout is user friendly and the maintenance is equal to or less than that of a conventional home. We look forward to spending the next 30 years enjoying our ZEH.
Goal: Building a zero-energy-ready home with low energy loads and a tight thermal envelope
Learn how Kuntz selected local custom home builder and energy rater, Imery Group, to accomplish his vision. Imery Group has been installing Mitsubishi Electric HVAC equipment since 2011 and is dedicated to the green building movement.
We originally were planning on building a new home. Luis worked with us and assisted in the evaluation of several home lots. We were impressed with his extensive knowledge of building, his patience and as it turns out his sage advice on helping us meet our goals. After several months of planning and looking at property and house plans we decided to renovate our current home. This turned out to be a great decision. We have a great lot and live in a perfect neighborhood for us. Now we have a great house. Luis and his construction manager, Rand Miller have been extraordinary. After a complete home renovation we are completely satisfied with the end product. Our renovation left no room untouched. This included painting, new or refinished hard wood floors, a 3 story elevator, complete master bath redo, revision of a pantry and powder room to provide more privacy, conversation of a generic screen porch to a beautiful sun porch, refinishing all cabinets and restoring them to new quality with some new matching cabinets, complete finished basement with guest quarters and bath. All subs were extremely cordial, easy to work with, had good ideas and provided high quality work. As far as budget I believe this is a strong point of the team. Although we were 10 % over the estimate we added at least 25% to the project ( better windows, additional electric and painting, upgraded bath fixtures and finished the entire basement instead of just a bedroom, hall and bath.). The construction process was not perfect but after building or renovating at least 5 other homes I don’t think you could find a better builder. Luis and Rand were extremely honest and the entire process is transparent. We definitely would use them again either in a renovation project of for a new home.
After much consideration and interviews with three companies, I hired the Imery Group to remodel my 1940’s family home. The construction began in November 2017 and concluded in April 2018. It was quite extensive with replacement of HVAC, plumbing, electrical, addition/renovation. of 2 bathrooms, front porch, new kitchen and master suite.
I am excited to say that I love my “new” home. It is more more beautiful and functional than I expected.
Luis and the Imery Group were great to work with and I would highly recommend them to anyone that interested in a remodel or new build.
From the first meeting at a cafe to the last thru Imery Group was spectacular. Their attention to detail was wonderful. We had to go a few rounds to get the plan right and they hung in there with s every step to make sure we as a new homeowner got exactly what we wanted. We look forward to working with them more as we grow our property. Highly recommend this builder to anyone wanting a clean living, well designed and long lasting home!
Luis and his team recently completed the construction of our custom home. We built the Southern Living Sugarberry plan and gained Earthcraft Platinum, LEED Gold, Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready & Energy Star certification. This takes attention to detail and Luis is dedicated to this practice in his project. In spite of our green goal, we did have a budget. Luis helped us balance the two, getting as much energy efficiency as possible while staying within our budget. I can highly recommend Luis to build your home.
I have always suffered from allergies, specially from mold and chemical fumes, when I’m in a moldy space my body right away starts feeling awkward, first sings include, itchy red eyes and dry cough, if the exposure is long enough I might develop a sinus infection and chronic cough that can last for months, very uncomfortable and frequently requires the use of antibiotics. When we decided to invest in a green energy efficient home, we took into consideration the air quality specs offered by our builder The Imery Group. The way our home is sealed, the materials, finishes and state of the art green A/C system has improved noticeable my quality of life. I can come back home and my odorless fresh space speaks by itself, no mold, no breathing problems, no fumes and no itchy eyes. I’m definitely happy.
Luis and his company have been great. He has went beyond the call of duty to make us happy. He is very attentive and we never have to worry about anything , he will handle it. He keeps our best interest in mind at all times.
A.L., Home Owner
With your certified background in LEED, Earth Craft and Energy Star you are most likely the most knowledgeable on the design and implementation of the area’s more sustainable structures in a College town where there is plenty of those knowledgeable about the related “theories” of sustainability. I have taken my Graduate students to some of your housing projects where you’ve given them critical insights in design and construction. You have also given other University related talks and lectures on energy efficient design and construction. If my memory serves me correctly you’ve also received awards and recognition for your work. Your education in Engineering and graduate degree in Business certainly provides substantial tools as well. On a more personal note you built a solarium and rainwater collection system at my home where I practice what I teach my Graduate Students in Environmental Planning and Design. Beyond it’s educational value I’ve gained considerable energy performance improvements and I intend to daily enjoy it’s great space until they carry me out feet first. I’m presently designing two new improvements and fully intend to employ your energy counsel as well as construction expertise. I’ve likely recommended you to at least a dozen others who are considering upgrading their homes from both the energy and aesthetic perspectives.
John F. (Jack) Crowley, PhD, FAICP, FASLA, Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator, Environmental Planning and Design (MEPD) The College of Environment and Design, University of Georgia
My husband and I were looking forward to retirement. Our plans were to build a house on the family farm near Winder, Georgia and do all the things we never had time or money to do..Then in 2003 he was diagnosed with cancer and died in 2005. I was devastated. Although I knew I needed to be nearer family, the thoughts of trying to build a house alone just did not seem possible. Besides my friends told me that building could be a nightmare and some of my family thought that at my age (73) I should be going to a retirement community. In 2011 I decided that I should think again about building..One day I looked for Earthcraft builders in the Athens area and it was there that I found Luis Imery’s web page.
Our first meeting was in a house that he built in Athens..As I walked through that house with Luis, I could see his pride in what he had done..I recognized his expertise in so many areas that I knew nothing about. He made me feel that all my questions were important and all of concerns had solutions. Our next meeting was at the farm. It was there that I learned that Luis is a really good listener. He patiently listened as I told him of my love of the land and my dream of building a small earth friendly, energy efficient home..On this beautiful spring day I am sitting in that home and I am so grateful to Luis!
I recognized early in the building process that Luis is a very detailed oriented professional who wants everything to be right. I was always impressed by the way he related to the workers and the way they seemed to take pride in what they were doing. The construction site was always clean and neat. The only surprises I had during construction were good ones..like the beautiful cedar posts on the porches. I lived in SC during construction and did not get to Georgia very often, but almost everyday Luis would email pictures and progress reports. My home was completed on time and without going over the budget.
My new home is everything I had hoped it would be. Thanks to Luis, building was not a nightmare but a joy. I highly recommend Luis Imery!
Sarah M. Lomax, Home Owner
Luis Imery and his team at the Imery Group did a wonderful job with our kitchen and dining room renovation. They were dependable, responsible, pleasant and respectful. They were excellent at communicating with us about scheduling and were helpful when we had questions or concerns.
They did a quality job and i would most definitely recommend them – in fact, i already have!
R.R., Home Owner / Renovation Client
I have known and worked closely with Luis for the past 6 years on various phases of residential development. Luis has an extensive knowledge of development, budgeting, and end-user expectations. He is always thorough and strives to provide project management excellence. He is very detail oriented and provides great leadership to those working for him.
Mark Mason, Core Studios
We have had nothing but good experiences with Imery and Co. Luis gets the job done right and on time. He also brings us the technical expertise we need to build efficient homes. As a home builder, I could not ask for a better partner.