Earth Advantage Institute’s Home Certification division has launched the new program to encourage the rise of zero energy homes. A net-zero or zero energy home is defined as one that generates as much energy as it consumes, over the course of a year.
The EA Net Zero certification is designed to create a standard for homes that wish to achieve a higher standard of energy performance while still maintaining a sustainable approach to building.
The EA Net Zero Ready certification is similar but allows a builder to enter the net zero market at a lower cost. The home is “ready” for adding the actual physical renewable systems (like solar panels) at a later date and built to the same rigorous performance specifications of a net-zero certified home.
The EA Net Zero and Net Zero Ready certifications focus on five key components:
- Efficient use of space
- High-performance shell
- Right-sized mechanical systems
- High efficiency appliances and lighting
- Renewable systems
The foundation for the certifications is Earth Advantage Institute’s Platinum certification with the use of up front energy modeling to verify energy consumption predictions.
"The EA Net Zero and Net Zero Ready certifications are now available for those builders and homeowners who want to get ahead of the next wave in sustainable building,” said Ryan Shanahan, green building consultant for Earth Advantage and point person for the Net Zero program.
As an indication of their confidence in the program's methodology all EA Net Zero certified homes come with EAI’s three year Energy Bill Guarantee as well as a custom bamboo plaque.
Read more about green home certification.