The goal of a zero energy home is to have zero net energy consumption and zero carbon emissions annually. A zero energy home uses on-site renewable energy resources as its only source of energy.
According to a strategic plan by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), it is estimated that net zero energy home construction will start by the year 2020.
The 2030 Challenge was established by Architecture 2030, stating that new buildings and renovations should reduce their fossil-fuel consumption in half by the year 2010, and all new buildings should be “carbon neutral” by the year 2030.
At She Builds “Green”, we feel that we don’t have to wait that long to build homes to zero energy standards. We believe that resources can be used more efficiently and a building’s negative impact on the environment can be reduced.
Zero energy homes work with nature and may include:
- High-efficiency heating & cooling systems
- High-performance insulation
- High-efficiency windows
- Water conservation fixtures
- Skylights or solartubes
- Efficient lighting
- Efficient appliances
- Exterior landscaping
- Photovoltaic array & solar thermal panels
- Air-sealing package
Contact us today to learn more about zero energy homes!