SELF-POWERED HOME INITIATIVE

SELF-POWERED HOME INITIATIVE

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DVELE’S SELF-POWERED HOME INITIATIVE

At the intersection of climate change and power grid resilience is an opportunity–and a responsibility–to lead the world to a better place. 

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2020 Solar Mandate
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A Much More Comprehensive & Inevitable Solution

The 2020 California Solar Mandate requiring new homes to include solar panels is a great step in the right direction. But it’s really only part of the solution to the complex, interrelated problem of climate change and the pressure being placed on the resilience of an antiquated power grid to maintain our modern world, health, and safety. A much more comprehensive, and inevitable solution is the self-powered home. And we're announcing that we can provide this today.

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THE REAL PROBLEM IS BIGGER THAN CLEAN ENERGY ABUNDANCE
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THE REAL PROBLEM IS BIGGER THAN CLEAN ENERGY ABUNDANCE

The creation of additional clean solar energy is a good thing. If we’re ever to break free of fossil fuels and reduce our carbon emissions, we need an abundant green alternative. So in this way, the Solar Panel Mandate is a critically important component to reigning in man-made climate change. But how we handle and utilize solar energy/electricity is equally, if not more, important.

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California's Leaky Bucket
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California's Leaky Bucket

If we lived in a village with a single well that everyone drew from with a bucket and carried back to our huts for our daily water needs, making sure everyone’s bucket didn’t have holes in it would be important. The waste and implications would be obvious to all, and we’d do something about it.

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2/3 of Energy Is Completely Wasted

And yet, the infrastructure that comprises our antiquated electrical grid in California is just that–a very leaky (and flammable), bucket. Less than 1/3 of generated energy makes it into buildings. In other words, 66.2% of our energy is lost in transit. That’s a really, really leaky bucket. But fixing the bucket, in this case, will take at least 10 years with concerted effort, and cost billions of dollars that our bankrupt utility companies don’t have. And when you layer on the financial liability and distraction of having to manage seasonal wildfire dangers resulting from climate change, it’s questionable if it can ever be done. 

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But Wait, It Gets Worse.

What if, after losing 2/3 of the water from our leaky bucket on our way home, we then poured what was left into a container that also had holes in it. That container, energy’s ultimate destination, is our homes and buildings, and they have been woefully under-regulated in terms of efficiency. To give you some perspective on this, Dvele Homes utilize 84% less energy per square foot to operate than a traditionally built home. So if 2/3 of transported energy is lost in transit, and then 84% is potentially wasted at its destination due to home energy inefficiency, how much more energy do we really need? We could dramatically increase our energy supply by simply handling it more efficiently. 

A Dvele Solution

So how do we solve the real problem? The answer is one self-powered home, and one self-powered community, at a time. And you could be living in the answer in less than 7 months.

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HOW DVELE SELF-POWERED HOMES WORK

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When you step back and look at the interconnected problems of climate change driven by carbon emissions, the inefficient transmission of electricity by our power grid’s infrastructure, the inefficient use of energy by our homes, the danger of wildfires sparked by remote transmission lines, and the consequential dangers/inconveniences of power outages due to an un-resilient power grid as a whole, the simplest solution is a transition to self-powered homes. And while we, at Dvele, see this as an inevitable solution that our society will eventually arrive at as a requirement, it’s a solution we’re committed to providing today.

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THE SELF POWERED HOME: PART 1
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THE SELF POWERED HOME: PART 1

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The first step in creating a self-powered home is an ultra-efficient home so it requires significantly less energy to operate. 

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ULTRA-EFFICIENT, ALL ELECTRIC HOME PERFORMANCE

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Heating and cooling a home is one of the largest energy uses, so naturally, this is an area of great opportunity in terms of energy efficiency. And the underlying element that drives this efficiency/inefficiency is airflow. Just like a car on a hot summer day, when we use the A/C, if we keep the windows cracked open, the inflow of hot air and the outflow of cool air means the cabin never reaches its cool state, and worse, we overuse our A/C system which will require more maintenance costs and burn more fuel. A home works the same way. 

When the home’s seal, or energy envelope, is leaky, it's the equivalent of driving with the windows down. Traditional site-built homes are notorious for being “leaky” with respect to air control. Some of it has to do with the variation of contractor competence, some of it has to do with the fact that they’re exposed to outdoor elements over a prolonged period of time which causes materials to expand and contract which subsequently compromises seals, and a lot of it has to do with the fact that the regulatory tolerances for great home efficiency are not required. 

A Dvele home is an equivalent of driving with the windows up. Our homes are meticulously designed and engineered with airflow control and efficiency as a primary goal. We design our homes like you would a spaceship and utilize the most advanced materials and assembly techniques in their production to achieve this. They are also produced indoors in a controlled environment by fulltime specialists so we further avoid variations of competency and quality compromises associated with weather conditions. We then voluntarily submit them to testing in order to meet the most stringent home efficiency requirements listed by the Passive House metrics. In addition to this, we also utilize low- load, high- tech, and highly efficient mechanical systems, LED lighting, smart water heaters, energy recapture systems and energy monitoring that further improves the operational efficiency of the home. And by not utilizing natural gas as an energy source, we further avoid unhealthy, indoor air quality issues, we don’t contribute carbon emissions that are associated with extracting and transporting this fuel source, and we eliminate a potentially dangerous and combustible element within the home. 

This all equates to a Dvele home needing to use 84% less energy per square foot than the average American home (referred to as Energy Use Intensity or EUI). With this kind of operational home efficiency, being a 100% solar-powered home is within reach. 

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SOLAR POWER GENERATION
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SOLAR POWER GENERATION

The solar array that’s included with each Dvele home is capable of capturing all of the home’s anticipated energy needs each day. And our mechanical systems are designed to employ solar power throughout the day and pass that excess energy to the grid unless a battery storage system is employed. But while solar power generation alone on-site is great, it does not protect a home from power outages. A solar panel-only home still needs the grid as its “battery”, which leads to the last important aspect of being a self-powered home–battery storage and backup.

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BATTERY BACKUP AND STORAGE
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BATTERY BACKUP AND STORAGE

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While solar panels are now required on all new homes in California, battery backup systems, currently, are not. But they are needed if a solar-enabled house wants to maintain power when the main power grid is shut off. If you live in California, some estimates say that it will take PG&E over 10 years and billions of dollars that it doesn’t have to update the grid and delivery systems to be more resilient and resistant to shut-offs during natural disaster events such as wildfires. So the prospect of having a battery backup system is smart. 

At Dvele, all direct-to-consumer homes, include an installed solar panel system AND a battery backup system in the price of their home.  

Beyond resiliency, Dvele homes with battery storage store the energy they produce, and self-consume that clean energy to get through peak power without any draw from the grid. The batteries can also store excess energy that can charge an electric car at night, and be exported onto the grid to provide clean energy to your neighbors even when the sun is down.

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WE INVITE YOU TO BE PART OF THE SOLUTION
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WE INVITE YOU TO BE PART OF THE SOLUTION

If you’re considering the idea of building a new, self-powered modern home, please contact us. An experienced Dvele project manager is ready to meet with you. You can even customize your own Dvele and download a personalized lookbook and estimated budget.