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Net Zero Energy Housing

Jan 27 2017 | Maple Crest

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What is a Net-Zero Energy House?

Net-Zero Energy homes are just like any home—except better. They are regular grid-tied homes that are so airtight, 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 net-zero energy (NZE) house is designed and built to reduce household energy needs to a minimum and includes on-site renewable energy systems, so that the house may produce as much energy as it consumes on a yearly basis. An NZE home is not necessarily an “energy autonomous” house or “off-grid” house, as it can be connected to the electricity grid, so that it can supply electricity to the grid when it is producing more than it needs and draw from the grid when household demands exceed the amount of electricity produced on site. Taken over the year, the energy supplied to the grid balances the energy drawn from the grid, thus achieving net- zero annual energy consumption.

Though the design and construction of NZE homes tend to focus on energy efficiency and renewable energy generation, they may also include technologies and practices that enhance indoor air quality and comfort, reduce environmental impact, conserve natural resources and improve affordability.

Why Net-Zero Energy Housing?

NZE housing provides a way to significantly reduce energy-related costs and protect against future energy cost increases. NZE houses also tend to be more resilient in that they can continue to offer shelter during power failures, as they need so little energy to operate and stay warm. NZE homes also reduce the impact of housing on the natural environment by reducing energy-related pollutant emissions to the land, water, and air that contribute to climate change. Another advantage is that to meet NZE levels of performance, houses have to be well designed and well built.

These homes are built to a higher standard, so 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.

Maple crest will soon have its very own net-zero energy show home. This single family detached garage show home by Landmark Homes is under construction in Maple Crest. For more information join their 5-minute guided tour to see what is behind the walls of a Net Zero Home and the key differences that make Net Zero different than any other home on the market.

Date: Saturday, January 28, 2017
Time: 12-3pm | 15 minute guided tours will occur during the day
Address: 2686 Maple Way NW