Metal Roof System

Net-Zero & LEED Goals Met in Escondido, California

by Christian Nolte, vice president of marketing and sales, Metal Sales Manufacturing Corporation

*Cover photo courtesy of Hubbell & Hubbell Architects


From Western Roofing Mar/Apr ’14


A Metal Sales™ roof system has been chosen to top an ambitious Net-Zero building. Ronda and Nigel Farrar chose to work with Metal Sales on their new 3,000 sq.ft. home in Escondido, California. The home overlooks beautiful Lake Hodges and was designed to be a model for green design by utilizing the latest commercially available green building products. The Farrars are the owners of the new home and its surrounding sustainable farm. The home is one of San Diego County’s LEED® homes and is ENERGY STAR® qualified. Their dream of achieving a Net-Zero energy design was realized with help from Metal Sales Manufacturing Corporation.

“We chose a metal roof for our home because it was a sustainable material with a long life expectancy,” explains homeowner Rhonda Farrar. “Compared to other non-metal roofing materials, a metal roof is more durable and lighter, resulting in structural savings when building. Metal roofing also makes our home safer in the event of an earthquake or fire. Due to the reflectivity and energy efficiency of the metal, the roof contributes to a comfortable, energy-efficient living space.”

The home features 5,000 sq.ft. of 24-gauge Magna-Loc standing seam roof panels in antique patina from Metal Sales. More than 100 panel colors from Metal Sales are listed with ENERGY STAR and improve energy efficiency by reflecting sunlight. This provides an energy savings by reducing the amount of energy needed for cooling the home. The steel panels are also 100% recyclable and contain a high percentage of recycled material. Each of these factors contributes to the home’s LEED certification.

“The longevity, reflectivity, and energy-efficient qualities of a metal roof make it an ideal choice for a sustainable home,” says Drew Hubbell, owner of Hubbell & Hubbell Architects. “The cool metal roof reflects heat, reducing cooling needs and allowed for easy installation of the photovoltaic panels without penetrating the roof. The standing seam roof also fit the architectural style of the home with an antique patina finish. The simple lines of the roof fit in with the modern design of the home and complements the home’s exterior.”

The project team consisted of: Rhonda and Nigel Farrar, homeowners; Hubbell & Hubbell Architects, San Diego, California, architect; Gaitaud Construction, San Diego, California, general contractor; and Victor Contracting & Roofing, Escondido, California, roofing contractor.

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