Great Green Home | Birch House by Bundle Design Studio

This living laboratory is a home performance triple-play: zero energy, zero water, and zero sewer. Solar panels produce more power than the highly efficient home uses in a year, while rain water provides all of the home’s water supply and waste water is disposed on site.

Architect Dan Welch of Bundle Design Studio and builder Chris Tretwold of Tretwold Construction built the home to the high energy performance standards of the U.S. Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Home program. All DOE Zero Energy Ready homes must be certified to ENERGY STAR Certified Homes Version 3.0 and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Indoor airPLUS program. Each home meets the hot water distribution requirements of the EPA’s WaterSense program and the insulation requirements of the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code. In addition, homes are required to have solar electric panels installed or have the conduit and electrical panel space in place for future installation of solar panels

Read more about this home by clicking on the images below.

Project Data:

  • Name: Birch House
  • Location: Bellingham, WA
  • Layout: 3 bdrm, 2 bath, 2 fl, 2,065 ft2
  • Climate Zone: IECC 4C, marine
  • Completion: July 2015
  • Category: Custom Spec

Modeled Performance Data:

  • HERS Index: without PV 36, with PV -9
  • Projected Annual Energy Costs: without PV $763, with PV -$91
  • Projected Annual Energy Cost Savings (vs home built to 2012 IECC): without PV $924, with PV $1,914
  • Projected Annual Energy Savings: without PV 11,803 kWh, with PV 21,866 kWh
  • Added Construction Cost: without PV $25,000, with PV $55,000

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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