The home owners knew they were going to get an energy-efficient home when they first met Anthony Aebi of Greenhill Contracting in Esopus, New York, and saw his super-insulated homes with solar panels on the roof. But they were still surprised at just how well his homes performed when they visited their house under construction on a cold December day. “When I went inside to greet the contractors, I was surprised at how warm the interior of the house was. I assumed the heating system had just been installed. So I was even more pleasantly surprised when I heard that the heating system was not yet installed, and that the entire house (all three levels) was being heated by a single small electric space heater in the basement. I knew then that all of the work Anthony put into insulation, orientation, and materials really made a difference,” said the home owner.
Aebi’s five homes in the Green Acres development in the Village of New Paltz, New York, achieved Home Energy Rating System (HERS) scores of about 25 before adding solar photovoltaic panels, and net zero energy scores of -1 to -7 after adding PV. For comparison, a typical new home would score about 80 to 100. All of Aebi’s homes are certified to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) program so they meet the requirements of ENERGY STAR Certified Homes Version 3.0 and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Indoor airPLUS program, as well as the hot water distribution requirements of the EPA’s WaterSense program and the insulation requirements of the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code.
All homes by Aebi’s Greenhill Contracting are constructed with insulated concrete forms (ICF), which not only provide efficiency advantages, but are also rated to withstand hurricane-force winds and earthquakes.
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- Name: Green Acres Taylor St. Home
- Location: New Paltz, NY
- Layout: 4 bdrm, 3.5 bath, 3 fl + bsmt, 4,190 ft2
- Climate Zone: IECC 6A, cold
- Completion: May 2015
- Category: Production
Modeled Performance Data:
- HERS Index:without PV 25, with PV -5
- Projected Annual Energy Costs: without PV $1,655, with PV $36
- Projected Annual Energy Cost Savings (vs home built to 2009 IECC): without PV $3,223, with PV $4,841
- Projected Annual Energy Savings: without PV 24,790 kWh, with PV 37,241 kWh
- Added Construction Cost: without PV $45,000, with PV $73,000
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.