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Builder Profile – “Net Zero” Homes

Case Study for Net Zero Homes

This Builder Profile discusses how geothermal systems are a benefit to “net-zero-energy” (NZE) residential construction, which aims to achieve significant energy reductions by combining advanced building materials and techniques with energy-efficient appliances and systems. NZE homes go beyond conventional energy efficiency standards by incorporating solar technology, such as photovoltaic solar panels, to power the home. As a result, NZE homes generate surplus electricity, effectively zeroing out energy expenditures over the year and even creating a positive cash flow for homeowners.

Key components of NZE homes include tight building envelopes, heat recovery ventilation systems, and high-efficiency heating and cooling equipment. The article highlights the case of David Shepler, a net-zero homeowner in New Paltz, NY, whose 3,000-square-foot NZE home incorporates various energy-efficient features such as solar panels, insulated concrete forms, and advanced HVAC systems. Shepler’s home, part of the “Green Acres” development by Greenhill Contracting, exceeds net-zero goals, producing more electricity than it consumes.

While achieving NZE requires careful design, construction, and operation, it is becoming increasingly feasible with advancements in technology and building practices. Despite the initial upfront cost of NZE homes, the long-term savings from utility costs and potential resale value make them a sound investment. With continuing research and incentives, NZE homes are expected to gain traction in the housing market, offering significant energy savings and environmental benefits for homeowners.

Original Article Source:  Geothermal Residential Spotlight by Waterfurnace international.

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