Great Green Home | ICF Home by Charis Homes

Charis Homes built the first U.S. Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready certified home in the state of Ohio. The high-performance home, completed in 2015 in Richfield, Ohio, also earned Charis Homes its first Housing Innovation Award from DOE.

Glenna Wilson, who cofounded Charis Homes with Todd Scott in 2003, said “We joined ENERGY STAR in 2004 and our first HERS score was 66. Our average HERS score is 40. With the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home we have achieved a HERS score of 31, our lowest ever. We’re very happy about that.”  The home owners are happy about it too. “Our old house was remodeled to be as energy efficient as possible. Our new home, which is built to the U.S. DOE standards, offers much more consistent indoor temperatures. It significantly reduces exterior noises and it offers us lower utility bills.”

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

Project Data:

  • Name: ICF Home
  • Location: Richfield, OH
  • Layout: 4 bdrm, 4 bath, 2 fl + bsmt, 5,505 ft2
  • Climate Zone: IECC 5A, Cold
  • Completion: January 2015
  • Category: Custom for Buyer

Modeled Performance Data:

  • HERS Index: without PV 31
  • Projected Annual Energy Costs: without PV $2,322
  • Projected Annual Energy Cost Savings (vs home built to 2009 IECC): without PV $4,144
  • Projected Annual Energy Savings: without PV 27,741 kWh
  • Added Construction Cost: without PV $22,000

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.


Companies: U.S. Department of Energy

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