NREL Teams with Habitat for Humanity to Build Zero Energy Home
November 15, 2006
This 3 bedroom, 1,200-ft2 home in Denver is not only affordable, it's a zero energy home! That means it is designed to produce as much energy as it consumes annually. Reaching zero energy in cold climates is challenging, so we designed a home that carefully combines the efficiency of the building envelope (i.e., insulation, windows, etc.) with efficient heating and cooling equipment, appliances, lighting, passive solar, solar- electric, and solar water heating features. The home was designed using BEOpt, building optimization software designed by NREL with additional analysis provided by DOE-2, a widely used and accepted freeware building energy analysis software program courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy. So far, the home is exceeding expectations and is a net-producer!
Home Energy magazine has also featured this home on their Web site in an article called "The Little House that Could." To read the article, visit www.homeenergy.org.