New American Home 2006: Building Technologies Program
The New American Home is a "real-world" laboratory demonstrating concepts, materials, designs and construction techniques that can be replicated--in whole or in part--in housing built any place and in any price range. This particular home, built in 2006, incorporates methods toward reaching zero energy production. The home's achievements in energy use include a 61 percent reduction in heating and cooling and a 50 percent reduction in hot water. Some features:
- Advanced HVAC equipment
- Careful installation of insulation and air sealing
- High-performance windows
- A zone control system
- A hot water system that taps energy from solar thermal panels
To reach an objective of having a zero-energy home, emulating these practices is a good start.