Zero Energy Homes are the Ultimate Energy Efficient Homes
Zero energy homes are just like any home—except better. They are regular grid-tied homes that are so air-tight, well insulated, and energy efficient that they produce as much renewable energy as they consume over the course of a year, leaving the occupants with a net zero energy bill, and a carbon-free home.
A zero energy home is not just a “green home” or a home with solar panels. A zero energy home combines advanced design and superior building systems with energy efficiency and on-site solar panels to produce a better home. Zero energy homes are ultra-comfortable, healthy, quiet, sustainable homes that are affordable to live in.
Zero Energy Homes are Available Everywhere in Every Size and Style
A zero energy home can fit your life and your style. Individuals, couples, and families, of all ages and incomes live in zero energy homes, from the warm, humid climate of Florida to the very cold regions of Alaska. These homes can range from mansions to development homes, to small cottages and tiny homes. Zero energy homes can look like any other home or have their own unique style. Across the U.S. and Canada, you will find many styles of zero energy homes – from colonial, to modern, to craftsman, or ranch and everything in between.
Zero Energy Homes are Healthier, More Comfortable Homes
A home is more than four walls and a roof. It is a place of comfort and security, a gathering place for friends, and a sanctuary for your family. Your home should serve to protect you and provide a healthy environment in which to live. Because zero energy homes are built to a higher standard, you’ll breathe the cleanest air, feel the most comfortable temperatures, and enjoy the quietest indoor environment. You will sleep well knowing that you and your family live in a healthy, comfortable home, free from allergens and toxins.
Zero Energy Homes Save You Money from Day One
From move-in day and for as long as you own the home, the total cost of living in a zero energy home is lower than that of a comparable standard home. A zero energy home will protect you from a rapid rise in energy prices. Ten years from now, you’ll pay the same price you pay today to keep your lights on and your family warm. That price will be zero or next to zero.
Zero Energy Homes are Quality Homes
Zero energy homes are better, more durable, homes from the ground floor up to the roof. Thicker more air-tight walls, fresh filtered air, and advanced window technologies, among many other features, ensure that our zero energy home is better protected and more durable than the average home. In fact zero energy homes are superior to most high-end homes.
Zero Energy Ready Homes Help You Plan for the Future
If you would like all the benefits of a zero energy home without the initial cost of solar collectors, consider a zero energy ready home. These homes are designed and built to the same high standards as zero energy homes. The only difference is that zero energy ready homes are designed and wired for solar panels that have not yet been installed, making them even more affordable, and allowing them to become zero energy homes when you are ready.
Zero Energy Home Certification Protects You from “Green-washing”
For peace of mind, look for a zero energy or zero energy ready home that has been certified by a third party organization. The most common certifications are from the Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Certification, the Living Building Challenge Zero Energy Certification, Passive House Certification and Earth Advantage’s Zero Energy and Zero Energy Ready Certification. Independent energy consultants can also provide third party verification of zero energy homes.
Carbon Free and Climate Friendly
Global climate change is today’s most pressing issue and most Americans favor taking meaningful action. Buildings alone are responsible for 40% of the total energy used in the United States. Zero energy homes are one of the cornerstones of a reduced carbon future that is not reliant on fossil fuels. With a zero energy home, you control where your home’s energy comes from with every flip of the light switch, every day.
The Zero Energy Project is here to connect you with resources and empower you to take action.