Are you interested in learning all you can about building a net-zero home? Are about to embark on a home building project of your own and you’ve come to realize that it would be a very wise move to reduce your carbon footprint by building a home that is an energy miser.
There is a very cool, virtual tool available to you that can give you a jump start in your quest to build your next home.
Builder magazine, KB Home and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia combined forces to put together a net-zero home for the NAHB International Builders’ Show in Orlando this past January. Now, you can take a virtual tour of the KB Home GreenHouse in the comfort of your home.
You’ll need to register some very basic info in order to take the virtual tour, but it is well worth it.
The information you’ll gain on the virtual tour is like a crash course on how to build a net-zero home.
You’ll see, hear and read about green homebuilding products and methods that are on the cutting edge of today’s technology simply by pointing your mouse at a spot on the home and clicking.
Nothing could be easier.
One of the coolest products that I really like are the SunPower SunTiles that are seamlessly integrated into the roof itself. Their website info claims that "…they are the most efficient solar roof tile available, and they deliver up to 50% more energy than conventional roof tiles. SunPower SunTile is roof integrated and blends seamlessly into flat and S-tile roofs." They have over 200,000 units installed with zero roof leaks. That is a stellar record.
Another great feature of this home are all of the well organized closet areas. The shelving is attractive (not the wire mesh material I loathe) and simple.
This home has earned the following certifications:
- USGBC LEED for Homes-Platinum
- Environments for Living Certified Green
- EPA WaterSense
- EPA Energy Star Qualified Home
Platinum LEED certification! That is outstanding!
There is a service area accessed through a door through the garage in the rear of the home. That’s where you’ll find a heat pump and a propane-fueled generator.
"The house features a two-ton Carrier Infinity Series 19 SEER/9.5 HSPF-rated, 2-stage heat pump with the Infinity Control and FE4A communicating fan coil (model #25HNA9). The system uses non-CFC Puron refrigerant, offers superior humidity and temperature control, and operates at a quiet 69 decibels."
Here’s Martha Stewart talking about this great house:
I hope you have enjoyed taking the virtual tour of this green-feature packed house.
photo via Builder magazine