Pearl Homes builds eco-friendly homes across the USA.
Pearl Homes Pearl Homes builds eco-friendly homes across the USA.

Bradenton, Florida-based Pearl Homes has broken ground at Hunters Point, a new community of 86 solar-powered and eco-friendly single-family homes in Cortez, Florida.

Pearl Homes aims for NetZero Plus certification in its new-home developments in Florida and California, a process that includes achieving LEED Platinum, the highest LEED ranking given by the U.S. Green Building Council. The homes’ eco-friendly and sustainable features are enabled through the Pearl Homes ECOSystem, a network of tech and sustainability suppliers and contributors. By working cooperatively with its ECOSystem partners, Pearl Homes aims to reduce the total cost of ownership for buyers, as well as reduce the home’s carbon footprint, according to the builder.

Each home includes a solar power system managed and stored through the sonnen ecoLinx system, which provides backup power, energy management tools, and stored solar access for homeowners. The system’s Virtual Power Plant platform allows the Florida Power & Light electrical utility to manage the community’s reserve power and provide grid services.

"Our adoption of the sonnen ecoLinx makes the Hunters Point homes more energy-efficient," says Pearl Homes founder Marshall Gobuty. "With it, our buyers will be able to automate their home energy management in the most modern way that complements the unique style and design of the Pearl Home. ... Between the sonnen mobile application and the Google Nest in-home automation for temperature controls, Hunters Point buyers will be able to enjoy a healthier, cleaner, and unparalleled quality of life well lived in the world's first LEED NetZero community.”

Additional eco-friendly features include WaterSense certified plumbing and fixtures, Energy Star-rated appliances, and Google Nest thermostat systems.

Seventy percent of the homes at Hunters Point have already been sold through all-virtual sales.