Amaris Custom Homes - DoE Challenge Project


Amaris built Minnesota’s first home that met the Department of Energy’s Challenge Home standards – and it’s a marvel. Setting the new standard for Minnesota home design, this 5BR 4BA custom build features stunning “up north” views and all the creature comforts. Even better, it was built to be extremely energy efficient, healthy, safe durable and comfortable.

This groundbreaking project was able to reach a top 1% level of home energy efficiency. In fact, it is the most energy efficient home ever offered for sale in Minnesota. To achieve these high standards, the passive solar designed home is situated on a shallow depth, south facing lot that features ample glazing. The long, shallow home design accommodates the real estate needs of a 12.375 KW solar voltaic system. The solar voltaic system meets more than 100% all of the home’s electrical needs.

Amaris homes are built for living in, and this home raises the bar for what living really means. A large viewing deck draws people out for a cup of coffee in the morning or a glass of wine in the evening. At first glance, it might seem like a nice, if standard amenity – but there’s more than meets the eye. The deck and overhangs were designed to shade the south facing windows through the summer months and let the sun shine in during the colder months.

Even the floors in this home were built to conserve energy. Thermal mass concrete and tile on both levels work to absorb the winter sun. This allows the home to be cooler during the day and warm at night. With a HERS score of 3 and a $40.00+/- cost to operate per month; this home redefines what it means to be efficient. Lower costs don’t equate to a lower standard of living. The home has a wide array of amenities for comfortable living.



The home’s barrier free front entry and oversized interior doors accommodate wheel chair access and the master shower offers a zero barrier walk in shower. The main living area reimagines the open concept by implementing a 7’ tall dividing wall below a 10’ ceiling to create separation between living room and kitchen, while still making the space feel large. The kitchen is a cook’s dream, with a 9’ prep island, professional appliances and an enormous pantry. Bedrooms are spacious and strategically located throughout the home. This innovative design is one of a kind, and it’s an example of the endless design possibilities you get with Amaris. Get healthy options for healthy living with Amaris.

In addition to being the first DoE Challenge Home ever built in Minnesota, this home was certified under the new LEED for Homes 4.0 program as the second certified in the United States. As well as certified at the Masters level of the Local MN Green Path program. As part of the certifications the home also meets Energy Star 3.0, EPA indoor air quality plus and EPA water sense programs. If all of that isn’t enough the home was awarded with the Builders Association of Twin Cities’ (BATC) Coveted Reggie Award. The Reggie Award is a peer award where industry professionals chose the best of breed homes in the Parade of Homes events.

Sold to a local physician the buyers were just thrilled with every aspect of this DoE Project Home.


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