Field Evaluation of a Near Zero Energy Home in Oklahoma

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The authors evaluated a zero energy home built by Ideal Homes in Edmond, Oklahoma, that included an extensive package of energy-efficient technologies and a photovoltaic array for site electricity generation. The home was part of a Building America research project in partnership with the Building Science Consortium to exhibit high efficiency technologies while keeping costs within the reach of average home buyers. Besides a photovoltaic system, green technologies featured in the house included:

  • Programmable thermostats
  • R-6 insulation with 5 percent or less leakage to the outside
  • Tankless gas water heater
  • 90 percent compact fluorescent lighting (CFL)
  • Energy Star appliances
  • Mostly south-facing windows with overhangs

Explore some of the affordable green technologies that can easily translate into your home, as well.

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