Great Green Home | 2016 New American Home by Element Design Build

Every year since 1984, visitors to the International Builders Show have gotten to tour a cutting edge new home built just for IBS by the National Association of Home Builders’ Leading Suppliers Council (NAHB LSC) and Professional Builder Magazine. Dubbed “The New American Home,” each year’s version showcases the latest in home construction products and gadgetry from NAHB LSC members and project sponsors. Visitors to the 2016 IBS in Las Vegas were treated to tours of a modern multi-level 6,541-ft² home constructed by Element Design Build in the hills of Henderson, Nevada, with views of the Las Vegas strip.

Along with its large size and large expanses of glass, one might expect large energy bills. But this home was constructed to the energy saving criteria of the U.S. Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Home program. The home, constructed by builder Element Design Build of Henderson, achieved a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) score of minus 17 (remarkably low considering the typical new home built to code in the U.S. would score a HERS 80 to 100.) The home’s 19.2-kW solar photovoltaic system should produce so much power that the homeowner will get a credit on their bill averaging $46/month.

This was the first New American Home to be certified through the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home program and the first DOE Zero Energy Ready certified home constructed by Element Design Build. Read more about this home by clicking on the images below.

Project Data:

  • Name: The New American Home, 2016
  • Location: Henderson, NV
  • Layout: 4 bdrm, 4.5 bath, 2 fl + bsmt, 6,541 ft2
  • Climate Zone: IECC 3B, hot-dry
  • Completion: January 2016
  • Category: Custom Spec

Modeled Performance Data:

  • HERS Index: without PV 44, with PV -17
  • Projected Annual Energy Costs: without PV $3,714, with PV -$549
  • Projected Annual Energy Cost Savings (vs home built to 2009 IECC): without PV $2,800, with PV $7,062
  • Projected Annual Energy Savings: without PV 22,482 kWh, 164 therms; with PV 58,672 kWh, 164 therms
  • Added Construction Cost: without PV NA, with PV $74,304

The images and information in this gallery were provided by the U.S. Department of Energy. See more great green homes like this one at the DOE Tour of Zero.

Topics: Building Green, GREAT GREEN HOMES

Companies: U.S. Department of Energy

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