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This plan won the 2009 National Green Building Award for Single Family Concept/Research! We already won the Most Innovative Home Award in our local Home Tour, and our S-1 plan just won the Gold Award for Custom Homes in a Moderate Climate at the national Energy Value Housing Award competition sponsored by the US Department of Energy and the NAHB Research Center. In March 2009 we were honored with the Net Zero-Energy Home of the Year Award from Built Green® Washington, the largest state-wide green building organization in the US.
Even better, we received word from the owners last year that this home used LESS THAN $100 in total energy in it’s first full year of operation! New figures for the second year indicate similar usage, in spite of a poor sun year in the Pacific Northwest for PV panels. This home has a HERS score of 32 with only 3kW of solar panels.
This two-bedroom home with loft could also have a third bedroom on the second level. As completed in early 2008, this home has achieved near Zero-Energy efficiency, with just a 3.0KW solar PV system on the roof of the detached garage. With plenty of room for an additional 3.0 KW, this home will actually put more energy back into the grid than it uses when that additional PV is installed. How about an electric car, with ZERO fuel costs?
The lighting is all compact fluorescent, the appliances all Energy Star, and the heating system is a ground-source heat pump. The main floor uses Universal Design principles, allowing full handicapped access to all main floor areas.
The home was designed for optimal use of SIPS panel construction, with virtually zero construction site waste. This would be a good plan for a remote area, where construction efficiencies are even more critical. An arctic version of this plan is being developed, please call for more information, (360) 969-2363.
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