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Net-zero homes are so energy efficient that all or almost all electricity needs can be met with renewable energy systems. This target has been difficult to achieve in the Salt Lake area’s cold, dry climate, which according to the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) climate zone map corresponds to Climate Zone 5.
Net-zero, climate 5 homes have been built in the past, but have only reached a HERS rating of 5 and could not be reproduced at an affordable price point. The Zero Home is the first to reach the critical 0 rating. Administered by the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET), the HERS Index is an industry standard for measuring a home’s energy efficiency; the lower the rating, the more self-sufficient the home.
The Zero Home also qualifies for DOE Challenge Home designation, which recognizes home builders for leadership in constructing zero-energy ready homes that are both energy efficient and include high-end finishes, improved indoor air quality, and greater durability. By meeting the program criteria, DOE Challenge Homes are at least 40-50 percent more energy efficient than a typical new home.
The Zero Home will be equipped with a Vivint home automation and energy management system that incorporates the latest technology from the company, including a new touchscreen panel that features energy analytics. Additional home automation features include: automated door locks, a smart thermostat, small appliance and lighting control, video surveillance, and an enhanced security system featuring “Vivint Live,” which provides two-way communication with emergency dispatch professionals in times of distress.
“This home is the perfect intersection of innovative and attainable technology,” said Todd Pedersen, CEO of Vivint. “It embodies Vivint’s mission to bring simple, affordable home technology and solar power to the masses, empowering them to live smarter while combating rising energy costs. We have been incredibly successful in reaching these objectives through our relationship with the Department of Energy and partnership with Garbett Homes.”
“This is a watershed project for green building in Utah and across the country,” said Bryson Garbett of Garbett Homes. “Every family deserves energy savings and greater energy independence. With the partnership between two like-minded companies, we want to show that smart homes no longer have to come custom built, with multi-million dollar price tags.”
For more information on The Zero Home, visit www.thezerohome.com.
Publication date: 8/12/2013