Affordable Net Zero
The ProHOME team finds a balance between improved performance and construction costs.
A “net zero” designation means there is enough on-site renewable energy to offset a house’s annual usage. The term could apply as easily to a highly insulated envelope as one built to energy-code minimum. In the custom-house market, the balance between spending on the size of the PV array vs. the building envelope can be influenced by aesthetic concerns, environmental beliefs, and lifestyle decisions. The ProHOME, however, is a spec house built for the affordable market, so there’s a laser focus on the marginal costs of improving the envelope relative to the cost savings of an additional kilowatt of solar energy.
Here’s a look at how Paul and Tim Biebel designed the foundation and framing to find the sweet spot between material costs and labor costs for the net-zero 2017 ProHOME.
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