zero energy home (ZEH)
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:
These homes have a number of advantages:
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.