Great Green Home | The Saragossa Innovation Home by Habitat for Humanity

Low-income Americans face a disproportionate energy burden, spending 17% to 50% of their incomes on heating and cooling bills while other U.S. households spend an average of just 4% of their income on energy. This is one of the primary reasons that the Venice, Florida, based Habitat for Humanity affiliate is now constructing all of its homes to the high energy efficiency and durability levels of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home program.

The South Sarasota Habitat affiliate has constructed 21 DOE Zero Energy Ready-labeled homes to date including one home, the Saragossa Innovation Home in Venice, Florida, that won a 2016 DOE Housing Innovation Award. The home achieves this by meeting the construction requirements of the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home program. Every home is 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 it.

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

Project Data:

  • Name: The Saragossa Innovation Home
  • Location: Venice, FL
  • Layout: 3 bdrm, 2 bath, 1 fl, 1,290 ft2
  • Climate Zone: IECC 2A, hot-humid
  • Completion: May 2016
  • Category: Affordable

Modeled Performance Data:

  • HERS Index: without PV 51
  • Projected Annual Energy Costs: without PV $838
  • Projected Annual Energy Cost Savings (vs home built to 2009 IECC): without  PV $660
  • Projected Annual Energy Savings: without PV 5,496 kWh
  • Added Construction Cost: without  PV $2,300

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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