Clean Energy & Energy Conservation

Closed Cell Spray Foam

Closed cell spray foam insulation conserves heat by utilizing a sprayed-on insulating foam that hardens when it is applied. The foam is very dense and therefore packs a lot of insulation in a small space. Applied in layers, the foam also expands as it is sprayed. Once one layer has hardened, another layer can be applied. 

Why Closed Cell Spray Foam?

Vapor Barrier

Closed cell spray foam provides an airtight seal and acts as a barrier to moisture, deterring mold of any kind.

Cost Efficient

This type of insulation saves the average family around 50% on utility bills annually.

Insulating Power

Closed cell spray foam has an insulating R-value of R-7 per inch, proving to be a more powerful insulator than normal household insulating systems with just one layer of foam. Additional layers provide additional insulating benefit.

Strength & Tenacity

The spray foam is very rigid, adding to the structural integrity of the home. With closed cell spray, there is no worrying about having to replace it in the future.

Energy Star Windows

Energy star windows are double-glazed windows made of annealed and Low Emittance (Low-E) glass. Not only do that add aesthetic value to the home but they are also a LEED-certified energy efficient technology that allows for lower heating and cooling costs throughout the year.

Why Energy Star?

More Comfortable

Energy star windows provide better insulation and help to keep a home’s temperature consistently comfortable.

Cost Efficient

Energy star windows can save an average household up to $600 a year on heating and cooling costs. Tax breaks for 10% of the cost of installation may also be available.

Turn Thermostat Down

The cold inside surface of an inefficient window pulls heat away from your body, meaning you can feel chilly in a sweater with your thermostat at 70 degrees. With energy star windows, the inside glass stays warmer, meaning you feel more comfortable in winter with your thermostat set at a lower temperature.

Go Green

Energy star windows reduce a home’s carbon footprint by an average of 6,000 pounds per year- providing benefits for the environment

Air Source Heat Pumps

The La Salle Eco-Demonstration Home utilizes ducted air source heat pumps that are significantly more energy efficient and cost conscious than other sources of heat. Rather than using combustion to generate heat, a heat pump simply redirects the circulation of air, greatly reducing the amount of energy needed.

Why Choose Heat Pumps?

Energy Efficient Ratings

The air source heat pumps in the La Salle Home have been certified for a seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) rating of 20.5 and achieve 24,000 BTU for both heating and cooling purposes.

Bills Reduced, energy multiplied

Unlike other air sources, ducted air source heat pumps deliver up to 3 times as much energy as they consume. You get triple the heating and cooling you pay for!

Seasonal Adaptivity

Our HVAC air source heat pumps provide benefits year-round; they provide both heating and air conditioning, using the same system!

LED Light Bulbs

100% of the light bulbs in the La Salle Eco-Demonstration Home are LED bulbs. LED light bulbs are an overall better alternative to regular light bulbs in terms of energy efficiency, longevity, and eco-friendly attributes.


Why LED?

Conserve energy (and lower those bills)

LED light bulbs use up to 80% less energy than a typical incandescent light bulb, lowering your energy costs significantly every year.

Longer Lifespan

These light bulbs outperform the average light bulb in terms of lifespan, too: they can last up to 20 years.

Health Conscious

LED-engineered light bulbs are free of toxic chemicals often contained in other bulbs. And there are no UV rays produced by LED bulbs!

Environmentally Friendly

The LED lights used in the La Salle home are 100% recyclable.

Solar Powered

The La Salle Eco-Demonstration Home has a 5.3 kW DC PhotoVoltaic solar system mounted on its roof, providing a renewable energy source for a significant portion of the home’s energy.

Why Choose Solar Power?

Powered By The Sun

Solar power is an inexpensive, clean and readily available source of energy. The La Salle Eco-Demonstration home builds on this benefit by using all-electric systems throughout.

Save Money

This system produces around 7,315 kWh of energy per year. During the sunny summer months, more energy is generated than used, building up credits on the house’s utility bills that are used in the winter. For 8 months of the year, the total energy bill for one unit of the two family flat is less than $15 a month.