October 13, 2010
October 10, 2010
Per the Florida Statute below - a homeowner's association (HOA) , condo association, or deed restricted community can't prevent a homeowner from utilizing or installing energy efficient products on their home to reduce energy consumption. This includes clotheslines, solar screens, and other products used for reduced power consumption. Please use your own discretion and ask for legal consul if you have questions.
163.04 Energy devices based on renewable resources.--
(1) Notwithstanding any provision of this chapter or other provision of general or special law, the adoption of an ordinance by a governing body, as those terms are defined in this chapter, which prohibits or has the effect of prohibiting the installation of solar collectors, clotheslines, or other energy devices based on renewable resources is expressly prohibited.
(2) No deed restrictions, covenants, or similar binding agreements running with the land shall prohibit or have the effect of prohibiting solar collectors, clotheslines, or other energy devices based on renewable resources from being installed on buildings erected on the lots or parcels covered by the deed restrictions, covenants, or binding agreements. A property owner may not be denied permission to install solar collectors or other energy devices based on renewable resources by any entity granted the power or right in any deed restriction, covenant, or similar binding agreement to approve, forbid, control, or direct alteration of property with respect to residential dwellings not exceeding three stories in height. For purposes of this subsection, such entity may determine the specific location where solar collectors may be installed on the roof within an orientation to the south or within 45° east or west of due south provided that such determination does not impair the effective operation of the solar collectors.
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October 8, 2010
October 7, 2010
SunBlox’s Line of Solar Screens Receive Energy Efficient Certification
Purchase and Installation Costs Eligible for 30 Percent Tax Credit in D.O.E. Zones 1-3
Orlando, Florida, for immediate release — October 6, 2010 SunBlox Solar Screens, a solar screen fabrication and installation company, today announced that the manufacturers of sun control materials offered by SunBlox now provides a manufacturer’s certification statement for compliance with the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). Homeowners that purchase and install the energy efficient solar screens sold and installed by SunBlox and manufactured by Phifer Incorporated are eligible for a federal tax credit of thirty percent up to a total of $1500.00. Eligible homeowners must live in zones 1-3 of the United States as defined by Department of Energy.
Solar screening materials available through SunBlox Solar Screens are capable of blocking up to ninety percent of the sun’s radiant heat resulting in the lowering of homeowner utility bills. The energy efficient tax credit certification is a designation that the manufacturers of solar screens have sought for several years. “A home’s most vulnerable area for solar heat gain comes in the form of sunlight radiating through unprotected glass, “ said Andrew Caldwell, Corporate Market Manager - Sun Control Products for Phifer Incorporated. “Controlling solar heat gain, especially in the warm climates that span the southern United States, is extremely important in energy conservation. Since our sun control materials are designed to reduce solar heat gain, they can help lower a homeowner’s energy costs.”
In a separate initiative, Congress has allocated $5 billion for the Obama administration’s Weatherization
Assistance Program (WAP), which seeks to retrofit low-income family homes with products to make them
more energy efficient. While the tax credit for solar screens only applies to those homes located in zones 1- 3, the materials do offer a lower priced alternative to more expensive energy efficient glass in all regions of the country. SunBlox proudly utilizes these products and services to help make homes more energy efficient.
“Solar screens can be purchased and installed for about a sixth of the cost of low-e glass,” said Keith Freeman, Owner of SunBlox Solar Screens. “The tax credit available to eligible homeowners and the use of the materials within the weatherization program, promises to extend energy savings even further.” In addition to the materials ability to block much of the sun’s thermal energy from radiating through windows, solar screens are also effective in limiting the damage done to furniture, carpet, wall hangings and paint as a result of damaging UV light entering a home.
SunBlox is a full-service home efficiency products and services consultation company that provides business owners and home owners with advice on how to reduce their utility usage and raise the comfort level within their structure. SunBlox offers a variety of products from window screens, door screens, retractable window screens, porch and patio screens, sun control and insect screening that protects against mosquitoes that may carry the West Nile virus. SunBlox is a family-owned company that is headquartered in the Orlando, Florida area and has provided energy efficiency services to homeowners and commercial storefront owners throughout Central and South Florida since 2005. SunBlox also fabricates & ships to all states in the U.S.
To learn more about SunBlox, visit: www.SunBlox SolarScreens.com
October 6, 2010
We welcome Karan to our SunBlox team. She brings many good ideas and qualifications to the table.
A native Floridian whose education, career path and curiosity have led her to traverse the world from the NYSE's most inner circle on Wall Street to Marketing, Design and Theatrical Management in Los Angeles, to the far reaches of Indonesia and Brasil. She returned to Orlando in 1997.
One of Orlando's most respected Realtors® with $100 million in sales, Karan’s expertise is in marketing. Having served on the Board of Directors of such notable environmental organizations as EarthDay International, ProNatura International, & The Earth Communications Office along side celebrities like Charlton Heston, Morgan Fairchild, Tom Cruise, & Ron Howard; Karan has also spearheaded events on behalf of the United Nations Environment Programme, Wildlife Conservation International, and The Earth Summit in (Rio de Janiero) 1992. She is leveraging that experience to assist her husband Keith in his burgeoning “Green” business.
Taking SunBlox from a local custom fabricator to a national fulfillment center of pre-sized screens is her primary objective right now. According to Karan, “Making screens in prototypical sizes is more cost effective for both SunBlox and the consumer. Customers will be able to order on-line, choose their shipping method, then receive & install themselves. That is my ultimate goal.” She continues, “Saving energy by reducing cooling costs is perhaps the most effective change we can make to lighten our ecological footprint. This is a goal I have long been committed to.”
August 24, 2009
August 23, 2009
Orlando Business Journal article about SunBlox
Friday, July 10, 2009
About $7.7 million in federal stimulus funds is being targeted to improve the energy efficiency of low-income homes in Central Florida, bringing much-needed jobs to home improvement contractors.
The Weatherization Assistance Program funds are part of $175 million the state is expected to receive in two $87.5 million increments.
The Florida Division of Housing & Community Development said Lake, Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties will receive the funding this year to help retrofit low-income houses with energy-efficient equipment such as solar screening, repair or replace water heaters, and install attic and floor insulation as well as new heating, ventilation and air conditioning.
The funding can be expected to create up to 215 jobs, according to a widely accepted U.S. government formula of 28 jobs per $1 million in project cost.
Four of the 29 Florida-based organizations that will receive funding are located in Central Florida. They include the Orange County Housing & Community Development Office, Osceola County Council on Aging Inc., Meals on Wheels Etc. and Lake Community Action Agency Inc.
Bill Pass, program manager of housing rehabilitation for Orange County, said the funding should help local organizations improve low-income houses.
In Orange County alone, Pass said there are more than 300 homes that require weatherization upgrades. Bids for those properties should go out by fourth-quarter 2009.
Osceola County has another 150 homes awaiting work that will be bid to the private sector, said Larry Belisle, weatherization program coordinator for the Osceola County Council on Aging Inc.
The economic pressure on low-income homes has caused new applications for assistance to triple from 60 in 2008 to 150 now, he said. “There’s always a need for this work, but now there’s so much more because of this economic recession.”
The work will also help create much-needed work for private-sector contractors.
That’s good news for Chuck Kulp, president of Orlando-based Energy Air Inc., a 350-employee residential and commercial HVAC contractor. Kulp hopes to snag some of the work.
Since the recession began, Kulp said his residential division went from nearly $13 million in volume in 2006 to $4 million this year. The work coming from the Weatherization Assistance Program “would be a big opportunity for us,” Kulp said.
The same is true for smaller contractors such as Sun Blox Inc., a three-person, Ocoee-based residential and commercial solar screen installer.
“This would be a great opportunity for us since we’re a small business looking for whatever we can bid on,” said owner Keith Freeman.
The most effective way to control the sun's heat and glare is to stop it before it enters your window. Once the sun's rays enter your windows, they are absorbed and begin to radiate throughout the room in the form of heat. Much like a big shade tree, exterior shading will reduce your cooling costs, reduce the load on your air conditioning, and will eliminate glare and fading.