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zero energy home (ZEH)

zero energy home

Zero energy home in Florida.


A zero energy home (ZEH) is a home that combines state-of-the-art, energy-efficient construction and appliances with commercially available renewable energy systems, such as solar water heating and solar electricity. The combination results in a home that produces its own energy – as much or more than it needs. Even though the home might be connected to a utility grid, it has net zero energy consumption from the utility provider.

 

Zero Energy Homes optimize and include the following design features:

 

  • Climate-specific design
  • Passive solar heating and cooling
  • Energy-efficient construction
  • Energy-efficient appliances and lighting
  • Solar water heating system
  • Small solar electric system
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    These homes have a number of advantages:

     

  • Improved comfort – an energy-efficient building envelope reduces temperature fluctuations
  • Reliability – a Zero Energy Home can be designed to continue functioning even during blackouts
  • Energy security – a home that produces energy protects its owner from fluctuations in energy prices
  • Environmental sustainability – a Zero Energy Home saves energy and reduces pollution
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    The U.S. Department of Energy has partnered with building professionals and organizations to further develop the Zero Energy Homes concept. To date, only a few prototype Zero Energy Homes have been constructed and researched.