Touring our new construction in St Pete, NetZero energy efficiency! For more information about this project, please visit www.317indianacourtsouth.com
Rafi: Now. Good afternoon and welcome to a special edition of Graystone brown bag sessions. I’m Rafi, Chief Operating Officer of Graystone Investment Group
Jorge: I am Jorge, CEO of Graystone Investment Group.
Rafi: And I say special edition because we are at the site of a great project that we have been working for the past 6 months. It’s a net zero construction, net-zero means what?
Jorge: It means that it produces its own energy Rafi.
Rafi: It basically builds its own energy.
Jorge: It produces its own energy.
Rafi: Okay, through what?
Jorge: Solar panels.
Rafi: Solar panels, we have irrigation system, you know, that catch them underwater. Now we’re going to show you later. So right now we’re in the middle of construction and what we’re going to do is, we are kind of tour a little bit of the house. We are going to meet one of the main guys of PG Constructions. He’s our partner in this venture. And just show them a little bit of what it is so.
Jorge: Come on.
Rafi: Come here us. Let me show you something first. Come over here. Do you see this? This is actually the actual outside wall. And the cool thing about this is, you texture over this. You don’t have to put drywall or anything on that. Basically, the outside wall, you texture and you paint. Come closer, you see that? That’s some compressed foam there. This thing let me tell you, it’s mold-free, termite free and because of this, the insulation number is way up there. So when you think about it, if you are building something like this, you don’t have to worry about what are things that happen to other construction, the outside walls?
Rafi: Termites, molds.
Rafi: You know, stuff like that. You build this, you don’t have to worry about it.
Jorge: Rafi, I would say it’s also kids’ proof. [laughs]
Rafi: Right. Its kids’ proof too, there you go. So you don’t have to do anything like that. And this is concrete inside so it’s pretty cool. And if you come over here. You got Luigi, so he can come here?
Jorge: Luigi. You come over here.
Rafi: And as you can see that this panel, basically here is going to be a huge window, stuff like that but I’m explaining this and I don’t know how to explain this thing.
Jorge: He’s not the expert.
Rafi: Let me bring the expert here. Glass video, glass, glasses.
Luigi: I put on the glasses.
Rafi: You have to put on the glasses.
Luigi: I’m with the blues brothers. I’m with the blues brothers. What’s up man?
Rafi: This is Luigi Leon from PG Studios. Tell me a little about this technology behind these walls? I’m explaining but I’m not saying the right thing. You video him first so you can take it on him.
Jorge: This is what we call the SIP panels. Structural Insulated Panels.
Rafi: I thought you said sick panels.
Rafi: Like you’re sick.
Rafi: Okay, I’m sorry
Jorge: Sip, sip panels, its sip panels
Rafi: It’s sip not sick.
Luigi: S-I-P. Structural Insulated Panels which were basically which were basically they’re already structural elements. And these walls have high-density foam which gives it a high R-value which gives it the best insulation to keep the house obviously cooler inside. This is what we are seeing as we’re disrupting the construction industry. All that you see as conventional construction which would be regular block construction or stick. We are definitely disrupting the conventional construction as you bring in a green, fully green recyclable product, mold proof, termite proof, seismic proof, hurricane proof.
Rafi: Now I have some friends. They’re plumbers and electricians. I want you to tell them the best news about these panels and how it impacts plumbers and electricians? It makes their life easier.
Luigi: A lot easier.
Luigi: Especially the electricians. Plumbing, we would still have to do obviously the regular build out. However for–
Rafi: My bad plumbers.
Luigi: No but for electrical, this is great because we obviously already have set up two conduit channels within each of the panels. So if each of these panels, you know 3 inches have actual conduit all the way down so you can actually run all your cable through whether it be regular electrical or actually low voltage. But you can use that to run all the conduit where you don’t have to mess the structural elements of the actual panel.
Rafi: There you go electrician. This is easy for you.
Rafi: And each panel has one, right?
Luigi: Each panel.
Rafi: So every panel throughout the house–
Luigi: Every single panel.
Rafi: It has a dupe shock. We’re going to go you know look at the panels you have some of them so you can see them.
Luigi: Yes. Let’s do it.
Rafi: But electricians, this is lovely for you because you have it there. All you have to do just find 3 inches, 3 inches boom and you got it good. Now you tell me something about the windows, that the panels for the windows are custom made for the windows? How does that works?
Luigi: Well as you guys can see, these are a straight panel. When it comes to the windows we don’t actually just cut a hole within the panel. We actually–
Rafi: That would be me doing that. I would have done that for sure. I would done that for sure.
Luigi: We actually have a panel that’s cut at the bottom then we have another panel that comes down and forms the actual header. And so it’s actually 2 separate panels for the structural elements. So we have everything that’s actually insulated and taken cared of so all you have to do is place the windows and you’re good to go.
Rafi: Awesome. Now this.
Rafi: Now, some people would have gone to Home Depot, right?
Luigi: That’s right.
Rafi: You know little buyer, concrete mixing mania in there [?]. They pour it in and that’s it.
Rafi: You didn’t do that?
Rafi: Talk to me about what’s in this concrete?
Luigi: Because we are, what we call the 100% green developer, even our slab has 30% fly ash content, which is a recycled material which allowed us to get lead points. For this will be the first affordable LED platinum home in all of Pinellas County.
Jorge: Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait,
Rafi: He’s going to repeat that for this unbelievable, believe it. So he’s going to say it again. Can you go back 15 seconds? And. . . .
Luigi: There we go. The first of its kind in all of Pinellas County.
Jorge: Brought to you by who?
Luigi: Graystone and PG Homes.
Rafi: Give me closer to this.
Luigi: This is us.
Rafi: Right there.
Luigi: We’re going to change the world.
Rafi: You say the first?
Luigi: The first of its kind.
Rafi: Well there’s people say second and third?
Rafi: We are?
Luigi: The first.
Rafi: Okay, yes.
Luigi: The first.
Rafi: Keep talking.
Luigi: Something you need to understand about this home, it will produce 110% of the energy that it’ll actually consumes.
Rafi: So that means this energy right now is looking at this house I’m going?
Luigi: I don’t make any money on that home. [Laughs] Correct.
Rafi: Now, didn’t FPL just recently got like a vamp?
Luigi: A 24% increase.
Rafi: So we talk about right now in Florida the average home like this basically like $300 a month and they’re going to get it 24%?
Rafi: So we’re talking about $60 to $65 more. So you’re going to be paying soon around 350, 375 for a power on a monthly basis. So we’re talking about you know around $5,000 on a yearly basis on a home like this. So this home, we’re talking about?
Luigi: 110% and we’re talking about they pay you 3 cents per watts. So from–
Rafi: They pay you?
Luigi: They pay you. Alright. So they pay you so now this house is making you money from Day 1.
Rafi: This podcast is sponsored by Duke Energy. Duke Energy, you can go . . . [laughter] no, no I’m not going to say that. So from 365 to basically probably a negative bill-
Rafi: Where you get a check–
Luigi: You get a check–
Rafi: — from the power company.
Luigi: — end of the year from the Power Company.
Rafi: Sign me up.
Luigi: That is correct.
Luigi: That is correct.
Rafi: Wow. Okay so we talked about the walls, we’re going to concrete. Why don’t we go back there to see the panels actually.
Luigi: Let’s do it.
Rafi: Stephanie, just follow us over here.
Luigi: Let’s do it.
Rafi: Hey you know what, let me do something before- since you came here and you have your hat. Just make that Raymond you know.
Luigi: Yes, Raymond.
Rafi: Yes, because he’s following us you know so I was like. He’s Raymond Basin, Project Manager, Graystone Developments.
Rafi: So that at least comes up in the media because he’s [cross talk]
Luigi: He’s the man.
Rafi: If he mans, he bother, he’s like following us.
Luigi: He’s the Project Manager. He makes things happen.
Rafi: Come here, come here. Let’s look at these panels. Because you told me compressed full whatever. Let’s wait for Stephanie so I won’t have to screaming whatever. So Stephanie, give me a close up on this one right here. Okay. So Luigi, you want to go on that side pretty quick so that you can tell us a little bit about again you were explaining on us, we were seeing it on top but it think it’s cool to see them the way it is here. So these two holes basically are the conduits, right?
Luigi: Right. These are the actual panels. These are 3×8 right here and these are standing vertically. So vertically as you can see, we have the two conduit channels that we can actually run electrical or low voltage through. At the same time, what this allows an electrician to do is that when we’re putting in, the actual light which is in the outlets, it goes right where the actual conduit is already at. So you don’t have to mess with wiring crazy cables. It just plug and play. Plug and play
Rafi: Awesome, and if you can come back here.
Rafi: We have Stephanie like running crazy. Guys this is different than our normal, normally we have a tripod, it doesn’t move that kind of stuff.
Luigi: Next time, next time we’ll have it like that.
Rafi: But I’m go to mistake. I was like, “Oh this concrete in between this.” Liar, liar, punch some fire. That’s decompressed foam that you’re talking about right?
Luigi: Yes. This is a high density foam that serves as the insulation for the actual whole home.
Rafi: But Lui, we just had Therma. We just had Maria in Puerto Rico.
Rafi: Fuerza, Puerto Rico. [foreign words]
Rafi: [foreign] I’m sorry. I’m sorry. So we just had those two hurricanes. This withstands it?
Luigi: Yes. This withstands hurricanes. This is, through all the testing as well, this is seismic proof. So in areas with seismic activities, we can actually develop and build there as well. So the mold issues, the termite issues, all that is eliminated because we don’t have any wood.
Rafi: There’s no wood here.
Rafi: No. This is compressed foam and by the way compressed foam, this is not the starry foam cups that you get there.
Rafi: This is like the real deal.
Luigi: This is the real thing, the real real thing.
Rafi: With this, there’s no wood that’s where that’s why the termites come here and the diner is closed. Basically there’s nothing to eat for the termites and then again, no mold–
Luigi: No mold, no termite, you won’t have that issues.
Rafi: Virtually maintenance free.
Luigi: Correct. Correct.
Rafi: Now, I’m sure that people can go to home depot right now and buy this thing right?
Rafi: I’m sorry my bad. They can go to Lowe’s and buy this thing right?
Luigi: They can’t buy this anywhere but through us.
Rafi: Ace Hardware?
Luigi: Nope. Nowhere.
Rafi: True value?
Luigi: Nowhere, nowhere. The great thing about these panels is that PG Homes, for the last 10 years had been working on a partnership with the actual manufacturers or the plant that does these panels. And now we actually have the licensing agreement and we created a partnership where I had the licensing for the whole of United States. We have South America and the Caribbean included as well.
Rafi: And by the way you can have a high end construction like this one. [crosstalk]
Luigi: That’s what I wanted to say.
Rafi: We have some people. You have built million dollar homes in South Florida and this one, we were calling it the mid-range.
Luigi: The mid-range.
Rafi: You know between 300,000- 500,000.
Rafi: But we also have the option of doing this on a lower scale.
Luigi: Yes, we can.
Rafi: On a rental basis not lowing them, rental basis.
Luigi: On rental yes. For rental ones, for investors. We can build this homes you know for around $70 a square foot. So that tells you that what you guys are right now buying these rental properties for and you having to rehab them and then rent them out. We can just actually pick up a lot, build you a new construction and you get a better ROI that way.
Rafi: Wow. And again, they can’t go to Home Depot, what else the bill you know, all that you want.
Luigi: They got to go to Graystone here in St. Pete, Tampa. They got to go to Graystone Development if you want a green home.
Rafi: Well guys, I’m sorry. I know that some of you are running to Home Depot and Lowe’s and asking about this compressed foam panels whatever. You can’t but what you can do is if you go to our website homes4income.com. You go there. We have a YouTube channel. We’re going to start uploading videos from this pro phase on our channels so you can see count the progress. And by the way I’m assuming this takes, a house from the ground up, all the way. You know normally when I’m in construction, you know 6-8 months. So we’re talking about 8-12 here?
Luigi: We’re talking about.. yes 8-12 weeks, not months.
Rafi: Stop it right here. Bro, we cannot lie to our people. We cannot lie to our people, we need to give them he actual timeline. We’re going to go back and we’re going to edit that. Okay, I’m going to give them the actual timeline. So back to timeline in construction here. Again, 6-8 months is the usual thing. What’s the actual timeline on building this from the ground up keys here buy?
Luigi: This house will be a turnkey project in around 12 weeks. So from 8-12 weeks, we normally have a house ready to go.
Rafi: I remember back then, my Mom told me that when the ears were hot he was lying. They’re cold. He said it true, 8-12 weeks round up, boom, here are your keys, net-zero, Duke energy, FPL, kill me for being here. Okay. Maintenance free, 8-12 weeks, lower operational costs.
Luigi: Think of what you’re doing for the future generations, for mother earth. We got to add all that to it because this is actually reducing that carbon footprint that we’re trying to basically eliminate on this earth.
Rafi: I know it. I ranked it. People, let’s do this. Now let’s go homes4income.com. Okay, you can also go to PGstudios.com right?
Luigi: pggreenhomes.com as well
Luigi: Or 317 Indiana, Court South is where you should be going and that and that’s where you’ll get all the information on this home and all our companies and our venture [?].
Rafi: 317indianacourtsouth.com. So if you want information about this house, 317indianacourtsouth.com. We have Jorge in the background. We have some questions. Oh, we have some questions. This the part we love man. This the part we love. So what are the questions out there?
Stephanie: We have one question. How do the panels hold up to the hurricanes?
Rafi: Go ahead bro.
Luigi: Beautiful. Well, our panels is exactly what you would substitute the actual block construction or stick construction before. So this actually becomes structural walls. This is the outside shell of the home that you’re seeing right now. This is the actual shell already built.
Jorge: You work with 360?
Luigi: And they do withhold hurricane winds. Remember we built here in the beautiful sunshine state where we’re there in the hurricane belt. So everything is up to cold and we also have built in Ares with their seismic activity and they also are proof there as well. So seismic, hurricane, mold, termite. Anything that mother earth can throw at you, we got you.
Rafi: Which by the way, most likely, we do this also your insurance rate.
Luigi: Correct. Yes it does. Yes it does.
Rafi: I’m trying to think of something to come up.
Luigi: You’re right.
Rafi: To throw you off guard but no..
Luigi: No, completely.
Rafi: Even that would be [inaudible].
Luigi: Completely. Your house is long lived, more efficient, more green, sustainable. It’s built this is, we are disrupting the future of construction ladies and gentleman. That’s what we’re doing.
Rafi: It’s over.
Luigi: That’s it.
Rafi: It’s over. Do you have any other questions? We’ll go like that. This video we’re going to upload it later into all our pages. We’re going to put in PG pages as well.
Luigi: And next week, we’ll do another one too.
Rafi: We’ll do another one. Repeat your website to make sure.
Luigi: PGgreenhomes.com and 317indianacourtsouth–
Luigi: Please go to that and you will get all the information of what we’re doing on the house.
Rafi: Awesome. You didn’t see Jorge that much in this video because he so excited that he was in the back jumping and jogging, all that kind of stuff but I’m going to allow you. Where can they find us?
Jorge: Well, they can always find us at homes4income.com. That’s homes4income.com where you invest.
Rafi: We do the rest.
Jorge: That’s right.
Rafi: With the help of these guys.
Luigi: That’s right.
Jorge: And all these guys too [cross talk]
Rafi: .com. We’ll put in the comments in this kitchen over there. That’s where we’re golfer [?] we have a golfer in the house and all that kind of stuff. That’s it for today’s Graystone and brown bag session. See you next week in our next interval. We’ll do it here
Rafi: We’re going to come back here next week.
Luigi: Next week. We’ll be here next week.
Rafi: Okay so follow us. And concrete.. whoa give it, give him the chance.
Jorge: The number.
Man 1: And if you are interested in finding out more about purchasing one of these homes, give us a call at Graystone real estate 727-201-4011.
Rafi: Website, website.
Man 1: Graystonefl.com is the website.
Rafi: Now you can go. You invest.
Jorge: We do the rest.
Rafi: See you next time.
Luigi: Take care guys.