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A Steel Eco-Friendly Home in the Nevada Desert

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2 S-Model buildings under construction in the desert
Aeron Tozier, a 44-year-old industrial designer and architect, constructed a steel eco-friendly home in Henderson, Nevada. Why? As an experiment to build a business selling lower-energy, calling his project “G Home.” How unique!

The single-family home was built on 0.68 acres of land and allows for over 3,000 square feet of living space–with four bedrooms, three baths, two living rooms, kitchen, dining room, office and workout room. Not to mention, it has a 1,290 square foot internal garage space, with separate garage doors for the three bays.

A crew of three people was able to install the steel arches in just seven days.

Despite the massive amount of space, the average energy consumption for electric and gas utilities was reported to be just $179 per month combined.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the home was built in accordance with U.S. Department of Energy guidelines. Tozier ran tests to make sure the design met Energy Star and Zero Energy Ready Home program requirements.

Additionally, SteelMaster’s metal arches are covered in a special Energy Star rated coating called Galvalume Plus, which helps protect the steel from the harsh elements and makes it more energy efficient. The steel coating does not require painting or maintenance and repels light, keeping inside temperatures 10 to 15 degrees Fahrenheit cooler than the outside air. Tozier also used air tight spray foam insulation to protect against energy loss.

The home was offered for sale at the drywall stage of construction to allow prospective buyers to customize the home to fit their personal style. It was sold for $225,000 in August 2017 and was recently estimated at $445,500 in June 2019.