A Net Zero Energy Home Grows Up: Lessons and Puzzles from Ten Years of Data
A version of this article appears in the Winter 2017 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
September 20, 2017
In 2005, Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver teamed up with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to design and build a net zero energy (NZE) home in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. A main goal of the project was to show that a NZE home was feasible to build within the Habitat for Humanity model. This meant that the design must be repeatable and cost-effective for the climate region; that it must be simple enough that it could be built largely with volunteer labor; and that occupants could operate the home with no special training.
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