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Members of the media may request interviews or information by emailing info@stittenergy.com or by calling 800-367-7374 or 479-636-8745. Stitt Energy Systems' LEED Platinum office is available for tours by appointment, and we can provide background on green, energy efficient building in Northwest Arkansas. 

December, 2009

Stitt Elected to RESNET Board of Directors

Members of the national Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET®) recently elected Orlo Stitt to a two-year term on the Board of Directors beginning January 1, 2010. More...

Lantz Earns CAASH Certification

The National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) 50+ Housing Council has announced that Suzanne Lantz, Vice President of Design, Stitt Energy Systems, Inc., has earned the Certified Active Adult Specialist in Housing (CAASH) designation. More...

November, 2009

Stitt Energy Systems to Celebrate Receipt of Award for LEED Platinum Project

The Green Building Certification Institute has announced that Stitt Energy Systems’ Addition and Renovation project at 1301 South 8th Street in Rogers Arkansas has been LEED® certified to the Platinum level under the U. S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™. More...

Stitt Energy Systems, Inc. Awarded IRWP’s Golden Paddle Award

Stitt Energy Systems, Inc. and President W. Orlo Stitt received the Illinois River Watershed Partnership’s Golden Paddle Award at the IRWP’s annual IRWP Stakeholders’ Meeting, November 10th at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale. More...

October, 2009

Stitt Home featured in Traditional Home Magazine

Read about the beautiful, award-winning Stitt Home featured in the October 2009 issue of Traditional Home magazine on news stands now. Download a pdf of the article.

Stitt and Lantz Achieve Certified Green Professional Designation from NAHB

ROGERS, AR, October 9, 2009 -- Stitt Energy Systems, Inc. recently announced that Vice Presidents David Stitt and Suzanne Lantz have earned the Certified Green Professional (CGP) designation from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). More...

July, 2008

Stitt Energy Systems, Inc. with Mayor Womack Break Ground On Company's LEED® Expansion

"This is another example of people who subscribe to the method of being out there in front leading the direction and the timing of their trade," said Mayor Steve Womack at the Stitt Energy Systems, Inc. groundbreaking ceremony, More...

During Housing Slump Stitt Energy Systems, Inc. 30-Year Green Builder, is Breaking Ground on Expansion

Rogers, AR - At a time when the home building industry is in an economic downturn, Stitt Enegy Systems, Inc. which is devoted to building green, healthy, energy efficient and beautiful homes, is preparing to break ground on an expansion of their office buildings. More...

April, 2008

Stitt Home and Stitt Energy Systems, Inc. Featured on Jones TV

Jones TV experienced Stitt Energy Systems through the home of David & Karen Stitt. The video features an inside look into this 2007 NAHB Best Model Green Home Building Guidelines Home of the Year. More...
 
February, 2008

Stitt Energy Systems, Inc. Wins People’s Choice Award and Gold EnergyValue Housing Award

W. Orlo Stitt, President of Stitt Energy Systems, Inc. announces that the company has been awarded the 2008 EnergyValue Housing Gold Award for the Custom Home, Moderate Climate category and the EVHA People’s Choice Award. More...

January, 2008

Stitt Celebrates 30 Years in 2008!

The year was 1978. Jimmy Carter was President and Walter Mondale was Vice President. The U.S. population was 223 million. Dallas defeated Denver in the Super Bowl. The Yankees beat the Dodgers in the World Series. The first Walkman was introduced...more

November, 2007

Stitt Energy Systems Home Featured on the Cover of Kansas City Homes and Gardens™ Magazine

A home by Stitt Energy Systems, Inc. was recently featured in Kansas City Homes and Gardens magazine. The home, located in the Kansas City area, was designed by Stitt’s KC Area Sales and Service Representative, Shauna Zahner, for herself and her family. The editors chose the home to be featured in and on the cover of the December ’07 issue. It was also named the Best Green Home in Kansas City in 2007 by the publication. More...

March, 2007

Stitt Energy Systems' Home Selected National Association of Home Builders Model Green Home Building Guidelines Home of the Year

W. Orlo Stitt, President of Stitt Energy Systems, Inc. announces that a home designed and built by Stitt Energy Systems, Inc. was selected as the National Association of Home Builders Model Green Home Building Guidelines Home of the Year at the 9th Annual NAHB National Green Building Conference held March 25-27 in St. Louis. More...

November, 2006

Stitt Energy Systems, Inc. in November Issue of Better Homes and Gardens

W. Orlo Stitt, President of Stitt Energy Systems, Inc. located in Rogers, Arkansas with representatives in Kansas City and St. Louis is showcased in the November 2006 issue of Better Homes and Gardens magazine. In the feature, which appears on page 76 of the publication, Orlo Stitt gives readers insightful tips on how they can make their home more energy efficient and better for the environment without sacrificing luxury, comfort or style. More...

 

Stitt Elected to RESNET Board of Directors

Members of the national Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET®) recently elected Orlo Stitt to a two-year term on the Board of Directors beginning January 1, 2010. Stitt is President of Stitt Energy Systems, Inc., a custom home builder in Rogers, AR. He will attend the annual RESNET meeting in Raleigh, NC, on February 21, and moderate three educational sessions on ‘green’ building and energy efficiency.

RESNET is responsible for developing the Home Energy Rating System (HERS)® Index, which gauges the relative energy efficiency of a home. Its standards are used to verify building energy performance under the ENERGY STAR® and Building America programs. “After building for over 30 years, I know there’s no substitute for having a certified HERS technician test a home,” said Orlo Stitt. “Anyone can say they build energy efficiently, but testing proves it. Energy efficiency is more important now than ever in light of climate change and the economy.”

According to RESNET, “The infrastructure needed to make energy efficiency a standard feature in the nation's housing market is in place. Across the nation, rating programs, in partnership with the housing industry, are forging the public/private partnerships required for successful home energy rating systems. RESNET is providing the technical, program and marketing assistance required for this effort.”

About RESNET:
RESNET, the Residential Energy Services Network, is a non-profit organization established in 1995 to develop national standards for home energy ratings and to create a market for home energy rating systems and energy efficient mortgages. For more information, visit www.natresnet.org. (Back)

Lantz Earns CAASH Certification

The National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) 50+ Housing Council has announced that Suzanne Lantz, Vice President of Design, Stitt Energy Systems, Inc., has earned the Certified Active Adult Specialist in Housing (CAASH) designation. Lantz earned the designation through a combination of professional education and over 29 years experience in the 50+ housing industry.

“We are proud of the continuing education Suzanne has received from the NAHB to qualify for this designation,” said Orlo Stitt, President of Stitt Energy Systems. “Her certification further distinguishes her design capabilities and provides confidence to seniors who want homes designed to accommodate changing lifestyles and those who may need handicap-accessible housing.”

With a record-breaking number of people turning 50 every day, the active adult market is the fastest-growing segment of the housing industry today. The NAHB 50+ Housing council developed the CAASH designation to give housing professionals the essential knowledge, tools, and skills to help them design age-appropriate housing specifically for the active adult market. This market consists of a diverse population with discriminating tastes. CAASH designees are required to maintain their designation status with continuing education credits and must adhere to the CASSH Code of Ethics.

ABOUT THE 50+ HOUSING COUNCIL: Since 1989, the 50+ Housing Council (formerly Seniors Housing Council) has served the special needs and interests of NAHB members and others in the housing industry who build for the growing 50+ market. The 50+ Housing Council provides information, education and research to its members and offers advocacy support to NAHB members on key 50+ housing issues. The council supports 14 local councils around the United States and serves more than 1,200 NAHB members involved in 50+ housing. 50+ Housing Council products include an annual symposium: Building for Boomers & Beyond, the award-winning 50+ Housing Magazine, industry research and education programs at the local, regional and national level. For more information, contact Elizabeth Landry at 202-266-8680 or elandry@nahb.com. (Back)


Stitt Energy Systems to Celebrate Receipt of Award for LEED Platinum Project

The Green Building Certification Institute has announced that Stitt Energy Systems’ Addition and Renovation project at 1301 South 8th Street in Rogers Arkansas has been LEED® certified to the Platinum level under the U. S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™. To date, only 212 commercial buildings in the world and three in Arkansas have been certified LEED Platinum, which is the highest certification level possible.

Stitt Energy Systems with the Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a certification and award ceremony event for this very special celebration, November 17th, 11:00 a.m. at the Stitt Energy Systems office. Dr. Delia Haak, Executive Director of the Illinois River Watershed Partnership will be the keynote speaker. Steve Womack, Rogers Mayor, Steve Rust of the Fayetteville Economic Council, W. Orlo Stitt, President of Stitt Energy Systems, Inc. and Jim Chidester, Vice-Chairman of the USGBC-Arkansas Chapter will also be speaking. Beth Stephens of Rogers Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce will be the emcee. Tours of the new office building will be given after the guest speakers and presentation of the award.

Of the 69 possible points in the LEED New Construction 2.2 rating system, a minimum of 52 points are required to achieve LEED Platinum. Stitt Energy Systems’ office building scored 57 points. In the categories of Innovation and Design Process and Water Efficiency, the new building scored all points possible. In four other categories, Sustainable Sites, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, and Indoor Environmental Quality, the new building also scored extremely well.

“Stitt Energy Systems’ LEED certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “The urgency of USGBC’s mission has challenged the industry to move faster and reach further than ever before, and Stitt Energy Systems serves as a prime example with just how much we can accomplish.”

In keeping with Stitt Energy System’s long-held philosophy, the primary goals for this project were: 1) Explore new energy efficient, sustainable, green construction materials and methods; 2) Produce a healthy and productive environment for its employees; 3) Provide on-site examples for clients of state-of-the-art green, energy efficient building products and techniques; and, 4) Remain within a very conservative budget in a cautious economic time that will provide for future economic benefits.

The renovation process was very extensive and achieved Stitt Energy Systems’ need for additional office space. The original building, built in 1946, was deconstructed down to the supporting structure. Over 75% of that structure was saved and the renovation included adding approximately 1200 new square feet of space. New electrical and mechanical systems were installed and a new insulation envelope was added to the existing structure. This approach provided, in effect, a new building that operates at a high level of energy efficiency while eliminating the need to haul substantial amounts of old building materials to the landfill. While difficult to measure, the completed building is approximately 75% new construction and 25% renovation.

The interior of the building also reflects environmental standards. The floor is polished concrete which is long lasting, easy to clean, and emits no volatile organic compounds (VOCs); all paints and trims emit low or no VOCs; lighting is tied to motion and heat sensors; operable windows and skylights allow natural ventilation; all furniture was repurposed from previous uses; and all water appliances are extremely efficient in their consumption. Every employee has a view to the outside, which provides a pleasant work environment.

“Buildings are a prime example of how human systems integrate with natural systems,” said Rick Fedrizzi. “The Stitt Energy Systems’ project efficiently uses our natural resources and makes an immediate positive impact on our planet, which will tremendously benefit future generations to come.”

The most visible clues to the energy efficiency of the building are the solar electric photovoltaic (PV) panels on the south-facing roof. These PV panels generate electricity for use in the building. Any excess electricity is sold back to the utility company. Called “net metering,” this system allows the company to significantly reduce its monthly electric bills. Also obvious is the Xeriscaping®, which is seen by people driving by as unique and beautiful. (Back)


 


W. Orlo Stitt and Stitt Energy Systems, Inc. Awarded IRWP’s Golden Paddle Award

Stitt Energy wins Illinois River Watershed Partnership Golden Paddle Award.Stitt Energy Systems, Inc. and President W. Orlo Stitt received the Illinois River Watershed Partnership’s Golden Paddle Award at the IRWP’s annual IRWP Stakeholders’ Meeting, November 10th at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale. Stitt Energy Systems received the award under the “construction” category.

The Golden Paddle awards honor leaders in watershed stewardship and natural resource conservation in the Illinois River Watershed. Six awards are given annually to individuals or entities that exemplify good stewardship in the protection, preservation and enhancement of the watershed.

Stitt Energy Systems also recently received LEED® Platinum certification from the Green Building Certification Institute for its office renovation and addition project. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green building. To date, only 212 commercial buildings in the world and only three in Arkansas have been certified LEED Platinum, which is the highest certification level possible. (Back)


Stitt and Lantz Achieve Certified Green Professional Designation from NAHB

ROGERS, AR, October 9, 2009 -- Stitt Energy Systems, Inc. recently announced that Vice Presidents David Stitt and Suzanne Lantz have earned the Certified Green Professional (CGP) designation from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The CGP designation recognizes Stitt and Lantz as building industry professionals having knowledge of the best strategies for incorporating green building principles into home building.

The CGP curriculum includes three days of coursework on a range of topics, including strategies for incorporating green-building principles into homes using cost-effective methods of construction, and how green homes provide buyers with lower maintenance and good indoor air quality. Techniques for competitively differentiating home products with increased indoor environmental quality as well as energy and resource efficiency are also part of the coursework. To maintain the CGP designation, Stitt and Lantz must complete, every three years, 12 hours of continuing education, a portion of which pertains to green building activities.

Lantz has been with Stitt Energy Systems, Inc. for over 29 years and has designed hundreds of energy-efficient homes, 16 of which have earned national EnergyValue awards. Stitt has been with the company for 10 years, and oversaw construction of his own home, which won a 2007 NAHB Green Building award. (Back)


July 30, 2008 - Stitt Energy Systems, Inc. with Mayor Womack Ceremoniously Break Ground On Company's LEED® Expansion

Stitt Energy breaks ground on new LEED Platinum office building."This is another example of people who subscribe to the method of being out there in front leading the direction and the timing of their trade," said Mayor Steve Womack at the Stitt Energy Systems, Inc. groundbreaking ceremony, July 28th at 11:00 a.m. at 1301 South 8th in Rogers, Arkansas. This is the current location of the Stitt Energy Systems offices, the existing structure will undergo a major renovation while preserving all salvageable parts of the structure. The current space is being expanded by 1,000 square feet to 2,800 square feet. The new facility will be a LEED® registered project.

Mayor Womack echoed the company's green, sustainable philosophy by also stating, "Everything we do today is and should be purposed to make life better for the next generation and it is for this reason I believe this family and company is doing amazing things that will stand the test of time."

Also present at the event were Dick Trammel, emcee, Guy Cable, Bank of Rogers, Kathryn Goff from Congressman Boozman's office, Mike Maloney of Maloney Marketing Group, the Stitt family, staff, and many Stitt HOME© homeowners.

According to Stitt Energy Systems President, W. Orlo Stitt, "Since founding our company 30 years ago we have designed and built hundreds of energy and resource efficient homes. That has always been our focus, long before such a business model was popular or well-known. Our challenge then and now is to research new products and technologies, to examine their cost/benefit ratio, and to incorporate appropriate materials and methods into 'the system' of thousands of pieces and parts that make up a home."

David Stitt, who is the owner of the company's NAHB Model Green Home Building Guidelines Home of the Year for 2007, says of living green, "Living in an energy efficient and resource efficient home, a 'green' home, is a different way of living. It is a lifestyle that involves conscious choices about how to live your life on a daily basis, about how to teach your children that recycling and turning off lights concerns more than saving money, and about doing the right thing for the future of the planet. It’s only natural that our philosophy should be applied to the place where we work and do business."

All the members of the Stitt Team are forward-thinking, knowing that actions taken today will affect future generations. That commitment to what is now called "the green lifestyle" is not new to this company. Its long history and documented success are the foundation of their plans for the future. Experience counts.

For 30 years, family-owned Stitt Energy Systems has continued to improve on their green, healthy homes with product technology and through the experiences of Orlo Stitt and the dedicated members of the Stitt Team. The company is recognized nationally as a leader in the field of energy efficient, residential construction and has received 19 EnergyValue Housing Awards including Builder of The Year and two People’s Choice awards, the National Association of Home Builders Model Green Home Building Guidelines Award, and two of its homes were named Best Green Home in Kansas City by Kansas City Homes and Gardens magazine.

Stitt Energy Systems, Inc. is a member of the Northwest Arkansas Home Builders Association, National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), American Solar Energy Society, Energy and Environmental Building Association, U.S. Green Building Council and is an ENERGY STAR® Partner. Stitt Energy Systems, Inc. has built homes in 16 states, including Arkansas, and has offices in the metro areas of Kansas City and St. Louis. (Back)


July 16, 2008 - During Housing Slump Stitt Energy Systems, Inc., 30-Year Green Builder, is Breaking Ground On Expansion, July 28, 11:00 a.m.

Rogers, AR – At a time when the home building industry is in an economic downturn, Stitt Energy Systems, Inc. which is devoted to building green, healthy, energy efficient and beautiful homes, is preparing to break ground on an expansion of one of their office buildings.

W. Orlo Stitt, Founder and President of Stitt Energy Systems, Inc. announces that the groundbreaking ceremony will be held July 28th at 11:00 a.m. at 1301 South 8th in Rogers, Arkansas, which is the current location of their offices. The existing structure will undergo a major renovation while preserving all salvageable parts of the structure. The current space is being expanded by 1,000 square feet to 2,800 square feet. The new facility will be a LEED® registered project.

The decision to expand during a difficult time for homebuilders was not taken lightly. Stitt Energy Systems deliberated the expansion, and decided to go forth based on their future in homebuilding and to better serve future clients. The expansion is a tribute to the company’s green building and green living philosophy and the dedication they give to each client’s new home.

According to Orlo Stitt, "Since founding our company 30 years ago we have designed and built hundreds of energy and resource efficient homes. That has always been our focus, long before such a business model was popular or well-known. Our challenge then and now is to research new products and technologies, to examine their cost/benefit ratio, and to incorporate appropriate materials and methods into 'the system' of thousands of pieces and parts that make up a home."

David Stitt, Vice President says, "Our company uses concepts of design, energy efficiency and resource efficient materials in our clients' homes. We want to incorporate those same concepts in our new office space. We also want independent verification of our efforts and chose LEED because it is recognized and understood by both the public and professionals in the 'green' building industry."

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System™ The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a 501(c)(3) non profit that encourages global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through the creation and implementation of universally understood and accepted tools and performance criteria. USGBC developed the LEED Green Building Rating System which is a third-party certification program that is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. The Stitt office renovation and expansion is a LEED Registered New Construction Project and will be built to the Gold or Platinum standard.

Genell Ebbini, LEED Accredited Professional and an employee of Stitt Energy Systems, is coordinating the certification process for the LEED for New Construction and Major Renovation Rating System. About her role, she says, "Advance planning and communication with all the different permitting entities, companies, and trades people is the key to the successful completion of the project and achieving our goal of receiving the Gold, and hopefully Platinum, rating."

LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

Sustainable Site Development
When designing and planning the sustainable site features, the company decided to enlarge the project boundary to include the whole property, not just the area immediately around the "new" building. Some development will occur in stages over a period of time. The company will have preferred parking places for its employees' hybrid cars.

David commented on the site, "Just as we do with our home designs, we are considering the effect of this construction on the many large trees on the site. Only two have been removed and we will plant new trees for each one removed. The wood has been cut for firewood and the small limbs have been chipped for mulch, which we'll use now to control erosion, and later as part of the landscaping. Trees are far too much of an asset to cut them when you don't have to do so. They provide natural shade and enhance the setting--not to mention the CO2 they capture and the oxygen they produce."

Water Savings
Landscaping will include no-irrigation gardens of indigenous plants, rain gardens and bio-swales to control rainwater run-off into the street or storm sewers.

Just as in Stitt-designed homes, low-flow toilets, faucets and showers will be installed in the new office.

Energy Efficiency
Energy conserving aspects of the rebuild will include many energy efficient methodologies that are used in client homes, such as passive solar orientation, day lighting, low wattage lighting and more. The company will employ sun and occupant sensors to control the amount of light needed in an area. Stitt Energy Systems will have on-site generation of electricity using renewable energy photovoltaic panels. Natural ventilation utilizing operable windows and skylights to allow for air flow will mean reduced use of HVAC.

Orlo Stitt says, "Energy efficiency is the basis on which all green building rests. Without that, any other claim to be 'green' is without merit. Achieving it is paramount in our homes and in our new office."

Materials Selection
The new building will include much of the existing building by maintaining the structural components and salvaging other components for reuse. The company will dismantle the interior and reuse, donate or sell such items as cabinets, doors and flooring. Stitt Energy Systems will recycle all concrete, asphalt, metals, paper, cardboard, plastic, wood and glass. This approach to construction waste management is more time consuming than taking a wrecking ball to the old building but is more environmentally appropriate.

Stitt Energy Systems will use environmentally friendly materials in their new construction. Many of the new materials will be refurbished or will be made of post-consumer recycled content. Some of the same products that are specified in client homes will be used, including: BioBased soybean-based foam insulation, ice house roof, Arxx insulated concrete forms, and high performance windows and doors.

Indoor Environmental Quality
To maintain indoor environmental quality, the building will feature no smoking and natural ventilation to improve occupant comfort. Materials used in the renovation will have no added urea-formaldehyde and will be low-voc (volatile organic compounds) paint, carpet and finishes.

Flexible Floor Plan
The design includes an open, flexible, adaptable, passive solar design and will meet all standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

"We've been thinking about and planning for this expansion for many years and I'm excited to see it happening. The building will incorporate passive solar design which provides a lot of natural day lighting. Studies show that this feature alone is a boost to occupant morale and productivity. The floor plan is open with very few solid walls which gives us great flexibility and the opportunity to change the interior configuration as our needs change over time," says Suzanne Lantz, Vice President Design and Customer Service, of the overall design plan.

Long-Term Commitment to Rogers
For 30 years the company has maintained their offices at this 8th Street Rogers location. Vice President Mary Stitt says, "We've made a commitment to continue our business on South 8th Street. We did consider relocating to the fast-developing areas closer to I-540 but want to do our part to maintain the 8th Street corridor as a viable economic area for the City of Rogers."

Stitt Energy Systems' History and Future
For 30 years, family-owned Stitt Energy Systems has continued to improve on their green, healthy homes with product technology and through the experiences of Orlo Stitt and the dedicated members of the Stitt Team. The company is recognized nationally as a leader in the field of energy efficient, residential construction and has received 19 EnergyValue Housing Awards including Builder of The Year and two People’s Choice awards, the National Association of Home Builders Model Green Home Building Guidelines Award, and two of its homes were named Best Green Home in Kansas City by Kansas City Homes and Gardens magazine.

David Stitt, who is the owner of the company's NAHB Model Green Home Building Guidelines Home of the Year for 2007, says of living green, "Living in an energy efficient and resource efficient home, a 'green' home, is a different way of living. It is a lifestyle that involves conscious choices about how to live your life on a daily basis, about how to teach your children that recycling and turning off lights concerns more than saving money, and about doing the right thing for the future of the planet. It’s only natural that our philosophy should be applied to the place where we work and do business."

All the members of the Stitt Team are forward-thinking, knowing that actions taken today will affect future generations. That commitment to what is now called "the green lifestyle" is not new to this company. Its long history and documented success are the foundation of their plans for the future. Experience counts.

The company plans to celebrate green living and their new office at the groundbreaking ceremony on the 28th. The event will be highlighted by a short introduction from Dick Trammel and a few words by David or Orlo Stitt. The official breaking of ground will be assisted by the Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce.

Stitt Energy Systems, Inc. is a member of the Northwest Arkansas Home Builders Association, National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), American Solar Energy Society, Energy and Environmental Building Association, U.S. Green Building Council and is an ENERGY STAR® Partner. Stitt Energy Systems, Inc. has built homes in 16 states, including Arkansas, and has offices in the metro areas of Kansas City and St. Louis. (Back)


David & Karen Stitt’s home and Stitt Energy Systems, Inc. is featured on Jones TV.
Jones TV experienced Stitt Energy Systems through the home of David & Karen Stitt. The video features an inside look into this 2007 NAHB Best Model Green Home Building Guidelines Home of the Year. This exciting interview shows just how beautiful green living can be. The video and show “A Natural State of Living Green” is produced by Jerry Oliver for JonesTV. JonesTV is a part of the Jones Center in Springdale, Arkansas and appears on Channel 22 on the Northwest Arkansas Cox Cable line up. (Back)


Stitt Energy Systems, Inc. Wins People’s Choice and Gold Award for Two EnergyValue Housing Awards

Rogers, AR – W. Orlo Stitt, President of Stitt Energy Systems, Inc. announces that the company has been awarded the 2008 EnergyValue Housing Gold Award for the Custom Home, Moderate Climate category and the EVHA People’s Choice Award.

The National Association of Home Builders Research Center selected finalists from 500 applications from across the nation. From that span of finalists the Gold and Silver designations were chosen by an elite panel of judges. The awards were presented at the International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Florida on February 13th.

The EVHA People’s Choice Award is a second for the company and was selected by the public. Individuals were able to log on to the NAHB Research Center’s web site to cast their vote for their favorite home. The People’s Choice Award spanned all categories.

The NAHB says of the company and the home’s win, “Stitt Energy Systems isn't new to energy-efficient home building or the EnergyValue Housing Award. After nearly 30 years of building homes, Stitt Energy Systems has an unwavering commitment to energy efficiency. Its mission, which hasn't changed since the company's inception, is ‘to provide energy efficient homes that are environmentally responsible for the health, welfare, and happiness of our customers, our employees, our investors, and future generations.’ According to the judges, Stitt Energy Systems has demonstrated ‘exceptional practice’ with this custom home. Passive and active solar systems, combined with state-of-the-art efficiency features, contribute towards the $67 monthly energy bills accrued on average during the first year of occupancy.” During the keynote address, Orlo Stitt was cited as a “pioneer in the field of energy efficient design, construction and a good example of perseverance in a market that was slow to grow but now is expanding rapidly."

Stitt Energy Systems, Inc. submitted a home near Springfield, Missouri for judging. In its rural setting, the passive solar home overlooks a pond which is regularly visited by wildlife. The photovoltaic panels generate electricity which is used to power the house, is stored in batteries for later use, or is fed back to the utility grid. This STITT Home® showcases many energy saving and green building amenities. The award winning home features energy efficient components such as:

  • Foundation: R-22 Insulating Concrete Form basement
  • Exterior Wall Construction: 2x4 @16" o.c. with 2x2 cross-wise
  • Wall Insulation: R-20 soy-based spray foam
  • Rim Joist Insulation: R-20 soy-based spray foam
  • Roof Construction: Raised-heel trusses @ 24" o.c.
  • Ceiling Insulation: R-30 soy-based spray foam at roofline
  • Windows: Low-e, argon-filled vinyl; U-0.29 to 0.31; SHGC 0.22 to 0.30
  • HVAC: 78% efficient wood fireplace system; 17.5 SEER, 8.4 HSPF air source heat pump; energy recovery ventilator
  • Ducts: All ducts in conditioned space and sealed with mastic and foil tape
  • Water Heating: 40 s.f. flat plate solar collector with electric tank auxiliary and PV-powered pump
  • Lighting: 100% fluorescent (43% dedicated fluorescent fixtures)
  • Appliances: ENERGY STAR refrigerator, dishwasher, chest freezer, and washer
  • Duct Leakage Test: 0 CFM to exterior at 25 Pa; 0 CFM total at 25 pa
  • Blower Door Test: 1.17 ACH50
  • HERS Index: 38 (with photovoltaic)
  • Innovative Features: 3.1 kW photovoltaic system; radiant barrier roof decking; tubular skylights; programmable thermostat; advanced framing techniques including 2-stud corners, ladder blocking, and cross bracing; passive solar design

The EnergyValue Housing Awards (EVHA) honors builders who voluntarily integrate energy efficiency into the design, construction and marketing of their new homes. The EVHA program is managed by the NAHB Research Center and operated in partnership with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the U.S. Department of Energy through the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Maloney Marketing Group, the marketing agency for Stitt Energy Systems, congratulates them on their continued excellence.

Stitt Energy Systems, Inc., established in 1978, is conserving energy through the design and construction management of sustainable, healthy and beautiful homes. Stitt Energy Systems, Inc. is a member of the Northwest Arkansas Home Builders Association, National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), American Solar Energy Society, Energy and Environmental Building Association, US Green Building Council and is an ENERGY STAR® Partner. Stitt Energy Systems, Inc. is a previous winner of 17 National EnergyValue Housing Awards including Builder of the Year. (Back)


Stitt Celebrates 30 Years in 2008!

The year was 1978. Jimmy Carter was President and Walter Mondale was Vice President. The U.S. population was 223 million. Dallas defeated Denver in the Super Bowl. The Yankees beat the Dodgers in the World Series. The first Walkman was introduced and Record of the Year was “Hotel California” by the Eagles. The average price of gasoline (unadjusted for inflation) was 65 cents per gallon. The average price per kilowatt hour of electricity (unadjusted) was 4.3 cents.

Also in 1978, Orlo Stitt and members of his family founded Stitt Energy Systems, Inc. in Rogers, Arkansas. Orlo and wife Mary had built a very energy efficient home on a lake in Quebec and believed the market was ready for such homes to be built in the U.S. So, he and his family moved to Rogers and constructed both a family home and a display home that Stitt continues to use as an office and display house.

Much has happened in the world and with Stitt Energy Systems in the last 30 years. Stitt has designed and built energy efficient homes in 15 states. We’ve seen an increasing awareness for energy conservation and the wise choice of using materials that protect the environment. This seems to be especially notable right now, with the publication and production of “An Inconvenient Truth” and other books, documentaries and presentations related to climate change. There is a greater than ever agreement that humankind is accelerating the process of global warming and that something needs to be done.

In our 30 years we have also garnered many national and regional awards and accolades. See all our awards and our award winning homes at http://www.stittenergy.com/awards.htm.

In order to celebrate our 30 years we’re going to do some exciting things this year. Stitt is adding some features to this web site—a history page, a weekly update page, and more pictures. So bookmark us in your favorites and check back regularly to see what’s new.

We’re adding floor plans and updates to our Stitt Kit. This green box full of information has been well received and we want to make it even more useful. Click here for more on the Stitt Kit. We’re offering our spring seminar at no charge this year. And, we’re working on some special events for the fall.

Enjoy this special year with us. We’re glad to be 30…and counting! (Back)


 


Stitt Energy Systems Home Featured on the Cover of Kansas City Homes and Gardens™ Magazine

Stitt Energy Systems home featured in Kansas City Homes and Gardens magazine.A home by Stitt Energy Systems, Inc. was recently featured in Kansas City Homes and Gardens magazine. The home, located in the Kansas City area, was designed by Stitt’s KC Area Sales and Service Representative, Shauna Zahner, for herself and her family. The editors chose the home to be featured in and on the cover of the December ’07 issue. It was also named the Best Green Home in Kansas City in 2007 by the publication.

Designed to blend well in its established neighborhood, the home is also a passive solar design and includes many energy efficient features. Like many of Stitt’s homes, it also includes “Home For Life” features, such as wide doorways and hallways, lever door handles, an oversized garage, and bathroom with special features, which allow for multi-generational living.

The home is a 2 story, 2,340 square foot beauty, featuring 3 bedrooms, a master suite, 2 full baths, one half bath, home office, guest suite, 2 car garage, a recycling center in the kitchen, a FEMA approved wind resistant safe room and an open floor plan on the main floor for maximum enjoyment.

The home's energy efficient features include an "Ice House Roof" with continuous soffit and ridge vents which reduces the cooling load by as much as 46 percent, soy-based spray foam insulation which helps create a tight "energy envelope" for the home, skylight and window placement which provide natural cross ventilation, highly efficient furnace and air conditioner, solar water heating system, Energy Star appliances and low-flow water faucets and toilets.

Outside the home, plantings of native and drought resistant flowers and shrubs reduce the need for mowing and watering. Rain barrels are used to capture rain from the gutter system and the water is stored for later use. (Back)

 


March 28, 2007
A Home By Stitt Energy Systems Selected National Association of Home Builders Model Green Home Building Guidelines Home of the Year

W. Orlo Stitt, President of Stitt Energy Systems, Inc. announces that a home designed and built by Stitt Energy Systems, Inc. was selected as the National Association of Home Builders Model Green Home Building Guidelines Home of the Year at the 9th Annual NAHB National Green Building Conference held March 25-27 in St. Louis.

There are three levels of green building in the NAHB Model Green Home Building Guidelines: Bronze, Silver and Gold. To attain the Gold rating, a home must score at least 395 points. This home scored more than 500 points and, according to the judges, far exceeded all the other homes considered for the award. The broad guiding principles of the Guidelines include Lot Design and Preparation, Resource Efficiency, Energy Efficiency, Water Efficiency and Indoor Environmental Quality. A few of the many features of the home that were cited include: replanting at least one tree for every tree that was cut during construction, using low-maintenance and long-life materials appropriate for their purpose, passive solar design, active solar water heating, low-VOC (volatile organic compound) paint and extremely energy efficient with very low utility bills. 

The owners of the home, David Stitt, Vice President and Sales and Marketing Representative for Stitt Energy Systems, and his wife worked closely with SESI designer Suzanne Lantz, Vice President-Design and Customer Service.  

David says of his home, “It’s great to think about how efficient our house is, especially when I pay the utility bill. But ultimately, it’s about my kids and the world they will inherit. Doing the right thing now will help them and their children live a better life.” (Back)


November 1, 2006
Stitt Energy Systems, Inc. in November Issue of Better Homes and Gardens

Orlo Stitt showcased in Better Homes and Gardens magazine for energy efficiency.W. Orlo Stitt, President of Stitt Energy Systems, Inc. located in Rogers, Arkansas with representatives in Kansas City and St. Louis is showcased in the November 2006 issue of Better Homes and Gardens magazine.

In the feature, which appears on page 76 of the publication, Orlo Stitt gives readers insightful tips on how they can make their home more energy efficient and better for the environment without sacrificing luxury, comfort or style.

Earlier in the year, Orlo and members of the Stitt Team including Vice Presidents Mary Stitt, David Stitt and Suzanne Lantz presented information on green living and building to editors of Meredith Corporation’s publications. The presentation and subsequent conversations gave editors background for articles appearing in several of their magazines.

Meredith’s publications include major magazines such as Better Homes and Gardens, Ladies’ Home Journal and Successful Farming. Better Homes and Gardens magazine was launched in 1922 and has a circulation of over 7.6 million. The magazine is published monthly by the Meredith Corporation. Download the Better Homes & Gardens article here. (Back)

Reprinted with permission from Better Homes & Gardens magazine. Copyright 2006 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.