FAQ

Q – WHAT MAKES AN ACRE HOME SO DIFFERENT?

Just about everything! We have reconsidered homes from the ground up, and imagined what  a home should be without the limitations of the status quo.  Imagine that every element of a home – from layout to wall materials to wiring to construction – is 20%-80% more advanced and efficient than the standard. This completely transforms the home.

Acre’s holistic approach creates a more complete home. The differences may appear subtle on the surface, but make a profound difference in how our homes function, and how you live in them.

  • Space-efficient, material-efficient layouts
  • Advanced building materials
  • Healthier, more comfortable spaces
  • Flexible layouts that adapt with families
  • Integrated technology that impacts daily life
  • Production-style thinking for continuous improvement
  • Modern, online design & ordering process – coming soon

Q – WHAT SIZES ARE AVAILABLE?

  • 2 Bedroom/ 1 Bath- 1,200 sqft. Starting at $450,000
  • 3 Bedroom/ 2 Bath- 1,600-1825 sqft. Starting at $500,000
  • 4 Bedroom/ 2 Bath- 2100-2400 sqft. Starting at $550,000

 

Q – EXPLAIN ACRE’S FIXED DESIGNS.

Offering a series of fixed plans allows us to sweat all the details. We build hundreds hours of design into each Acre home, optimizing our plans for efficiency, function and flow. As with your car or phone, focused product development helps us deliver a refined, high-performance home that can meet stringent ZeroEnergy and quality demands. This allows us to deliver vastly better homes at reasonable price points. For these reasons, we do not offer customization. You can, however, choose from design options that have been carefully curated by our team of experienced designers.

 

Q – WHAT ARE MY DESIGN OPTIONS?

Choose from two Acre ORIGIN SERIES designs – each with the sizes listed above.  Similar to buying a car, you’ll be able to configure interior finish choices, exterior materials, technology packages and a la carte options such as garages and EV charging. To see the full range of options, request our Product Guide below.

 

Q – ARE YOUR HOMES PREFAB? MODULAR? MANUFACTURED?

Acre utilizes a unique model. Our team creates the plans, and we partner with qualified builders in your local area to construct the home. Acre provides them the necessary training, and delivers a kit of all the components required to build your home.  Some of these components – like our ZeroBOX utility core – are pre-assembled, and the rest is designed to go together very quickly on site. In this way we deliver a high-quality, site-built home that can be constructed in half the time of a conventional home.

Q – WHAT MAKES AN ACRE HOME SO AFFORDABLE?

We design with material-efficiency and time-efficiency in mind from the outset.  Acre layouts generate little waste and function with smaller, more affordable mechanical, electrical & plumbing (MEP) systems. The home can be constructed in about half the time of a typical build, saving significant labor costs. By streamlining the design process, we gain advantages in scale and repeatability.  Acre’s ultimate goal is to provide a competitive ZeroEnergy solution for average home buyers nationwide.

 

Q – WHAT MAKES AN ACRE HOME SO EXPENSIVE?

It’s all a matter of perspective!  Acre homes provide unmatched performance, turnkey construction, integrated automation, and design, finish level and quality that is typically found at much higher price points.

There have only been about 1,000 ZeroEnergy homes built in the U.S. over the last 10 years – and almost all are custom, complicated, and expensive. We let you join the Net Zero club with much less fuss.

 

Q – WHAT DOES THE PRICE INCLUDE?

We want the process to be seamless and simple.

 

Our price includes:

  • Construction of home itself, minus foundation.
  • Building materials: walls, roof, windows, doors, HVAC equipment, etc.  All of the basics that make a home, a home.
  • Interior fit-out, including: lighting, plumbing fixtures, cabinetry, hardware, wall tile, flooring, etc.
  • Energy efficient appliances
  • Complete grid-tied PV system (with optional Tesla Powerwall for energy storage)
  • Smart Home Features, including: basic security, remote monitoring, one-touch lighting, and more.

 

Optional Upgrades include:

  • Garage
  • EV Charging station and associated PV panels
  • Basement
  • Appliance upgrade
  • Media System
  • Security upgrade

Q – WHAT DOES THE PROCESS LOOK LIKE?

A reservation secures your spot in line with an approved Acre Builder.

Once your project is ready to kickoff, you can select your exact plan and configure options online. We will schedule a site visit to conduct the following steps:

  • Confirm details and exact building location
  • Guide local contractor in building the foundation

Acre will then deliver container with all materials and products needed for the home, and contractor will construct the home.

 

Q – WHO BUILDS THE HOME?

Acre homes are built by select, licensed builders that have decades of experience in the respective regions in which they work. They have been trained in how to assemble our unique homes and meet our stringent quality standards.

Acre provides technical and quality support for our builders ensuring the home meets both our clients and our standards and performs as designed.

 

Q – HOW LONG DOES THE PROCESS TAKE?

Construction of the home itself will take about 3 months once foundations are complete. Our crews in various regions will help bring these homes together, and exact dates will be determined with local crews.

Permitting ins some metro areas (Sf Bay Area) can be 6-9+ months.

 

Q – WHAT ARE THE BUYER’S RESPONSIBILITIES?

  • Reservation payment
  • Completed survey
  • Secure land that meets the requirements below.
  • Secure financing before online order is finalized (our homes are site-built, so conventional construction loans are typical).

 

Q – WHAT ARE THE LOT REQUIREMENTS?

  • Buildable Area – lot size should accommodate the home, and features like garages and driveways, within site setbacks. See floor plan downloads for each home’s dimensions. Buildable area must be free from easements or other building restrictions.
  • Topography -Flat Lots are ideal, with low foundation costs and could be built on slab or on piers.  Moderate slopes will have a moderately more expensive foundation and steep slopes  or other challenging build sites will require custom foundation and significant additional cost.
  • Solar access to the south for PV install. We can help you evaluate your lot, or in certain areas you can use Google’s Project Sunroof.
  • Cleared of trees within 10′ of planned home perimeter. If there are special trees you’d like to preserve, please discuss the feasibility of this with your local Acre builder.
  • Accessible by a 53′ semi truck (consider roads, power lines, low trees, etc).
  • You’ll need to request or commission a site survey and soils report to insure your lot meets the following characteristics:

Also determine whether your property is subject to planning regulations, design review boards or historical district constraints. Sometimes these regulations dictate square footage minimums or maximums, exterior materials, PV installs, garage placement or other design factors.

Q – HOW DOES ACRE DEFINE SUSTAINABILITY?

Acre takes a holistic approach that encompasses the home’s DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION and DELIVERY METHOD.

DESIGN

We start with an efficient floor plan and a tight building envelope, which has a domino effect, allowing us to reduce energy loads and system sizes throughout the home. We take advantage of sunlight for passive heating, and use ultra low-flow plumbing fixtures. We use advanced materials like phase change material (PCM), which passively balances heating and cooling loads. All of this allows Acre homes to use Zero Energy and 70% less water than typical homes.

CONSTRUCTION

Our layouts consider standard material sizes, generating very little construction waste. We configure the home to limit materials like ductwork, wiring and plumbing runs, which in turn boosts efficiency.

DELIVERY

Finally, our production method utilizes existing resources – local builders and equipment – to site-build Acre homes. This allows us to build homes throughout the country without the consumption of a manufacturing facility and oversized shipping loads.

Q – HOW DO ACRE’S SUSTAINABILITY STEPS IMPACT ENERGY EFFICIENCY?

ZeroEnergy homes produce as much power as they consume year-round.  That means homeowners pay no energy bills.  Our homes are 90% more efficient than standard construction to begin with, and we make up the remainder with a small solar panel (PV) array.

Our airtight building shell prevents air and heat from leaking in or out. We use high-efficiency doors, windows and appliances, take advantage of natural (passive) heating from the sun, and utilize unique materials and heating/ cooling solutions.  All lighting is automated, dimmable LED, allowing for precise lighting levels and unmatched efficiency. Because the home is so efficient, the heating and cooling system can be very small and extremely efficient (3/4-to-1 Ton,  30 SEER with only ocassional use).

 

Q – WHAT SIZE IS THE PV SYSTEM?

It will vary by home model and based on your lifestyle survey.  Systems will usually range 4-7 kWh.  EV Garage upgrade will add another 3kW.

 

Q – HOW DO YOU HANDLE POWER STORAGE?

Our homes can run for a day or more on a single Tesla Powerwall, which comes standard.

 

Q – HOW DOES NET METERING WORK?

Net metering allows utility customers to generate their own electricity cleanly and efficiently. During the day, most solar customers produce more electricity than they consume; net metering allows them to export that power to the grid and reduce their future electric bills.

 

Q – CAN MY HOME BE “OFF-GRID”?

It is possible, however it requires a bit more analysis of your usage and how much additional energy storage is needed to support your lifestyle.

We have added this as an option for an additional fee.

Q – HOW DO YOU ACHIEVE WATER EFFICIENCY?

Low-flow water fixtures are standard, including:

  • Nebia showerheads
  • Ultra low-flow faucets
  • Dual-flush Duravit toilets

 

Q – DO YOUR HOMES CAPTURE RAINWATER?

Where regulations permit, downspouts can be diverted into rain barrels or under-ground cisterns to be used for irrigation. This is something to discuss with your local Acre builder.

 

Q – DO YOUR HOMES REUSE GREYWATER?

Greywater is household water from handwashing sinks, tubs, showers or laundry – which can be reused for certain purposes. Where regulations permit, greywater can be used to irrigate, flush toilets, wash cars, or even wash laundry.  Greywater reuse is heavily regulated, and varies widely across the country. It’s something we plan to address in future Acre versions.

Q – WHAT ARE THE INTERIOR FINISH OPTIONS?

Want to see exactly what’s in an Acre home? Use the link below to request our online Product Guide.

As an indication of quality, we use the following lines:

Poliform, miele, tesla, lutron, lg, smartthings, duravit,

Q – WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE APPLIANCE PACKAGE?

Miele Refrigerator

Miele Induction Cooktop

Miele Speed Oven (Convection + Microwave)

Miele Dishwasher

LG Combo Washer/Dryer

 

Optional Upgrades:

Miele Steam Oven

Miele Convection Oven

Q – WHAT HOME AUTOMATION FEATURES ARE INCLUDED?

  • Robust eero mesh nework WiFi
  • Wireless, dimmable lighting with zones for each room, programmable scene settings and intelligent occupancy response.
  • Keyless entry/remote access and digital key sharing, security camera, and smart doorbell with camera.
  • Remote monitoring to alert you of water leaks, fire detection, etc.

Optional Upgrades:

More robust security protocols

Responsive window shading

Sensor array to monitor energy performance

 

Q – WHAT IS THE ZeroBOX?

The Acre ZeroBOX is the home’s modular utility core. It’s a great example of how Acre applies industrial design and product thinking to enhance the home’s architecture. It turns the utility room into a single plug-and-play appliance – and as far as appliances go, it’s pretty sexy.

The ZeroBOX contains all your mechanical, electrical, plumbing, PV and home automation components in one place.  It houses all those ugly exterior elements – electric meter and AC/DC shutoffs (which must remain accessible to utility workers and emergency personnel), compressor, and extraneous conduit and wiring – in an attractive enclosure that’s integrated with the home’s design.  The Utility Core comes pre-wired to install with a few simple clicks, shaving hours of expensive labor off the jobsite and making maintenance a breeze.

 

Q – WHAT ARE THE EQUIPMENT SPECS?

Exact models will vary by home size and regional climate.

-Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV)

-Mini-Split Heat Pump- 20 SEER

-Whole-Home Water Purifier

-Hybrid heat pump/ water heater

-High-efficiency PV inverter

Optional Upgrades:

Wood-burning Fireplace

Telsa Powerwall

EV Charging station and additional solar capacity

Q – WHAT WARRANTIES DOES ACRE OFFER

Our builders provide above standards 1-2-10 warranties.  1 year warranty provides surety coverage against defects in workmanship and materials. The 2 year warranty provides systems surety coverage for defects in wiring, piping, and ductwork in electrical, plumbing, heating, cooling, ventilating and mechanical systems. The 10 year warranty provides coverage for structural defects to load-bearing components.

We have also carefully chosen appliances, materials, and equipment with great quality standards and their own strong warranties.  We provide a booklet with all of the paperwork and will provide support in ensuring warranties are fully honored.

Next available build date:

Winter 17

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