"A Net Zero home re-imagines the house not as a burden on the planet but as a regenerative node"
- David Dodge, Green Energy Futures
Net Zero Homes
A Net-Zero House:
- Is designed to generate as much energy as it uses on an annual basis. Net-Zero uses many Passive House principals, however, will use on-site renewables like solar panels which can be connected to local electric grids.
For a comprehensive description of Net-Zero Housing, click to see the Canadian Mortgage & Housing Corp's "Net Zero" Page.
Passive House Qualities
A Passive House:
- Will focus on achieving the least amount of energy required to heat/cool a home by using "passive" strategies: Additional insulation, air-tightness, home design/aspect to take advantage of solar gain, eliminating thermal bridging.
- Aim is to REDUCE the need for energy at the design/build phase without the use of on-site renewables like solar panels.
The Advantages of Owning a Net Zero Home...
✔ LOWER HOME OWNERSHIP COSTS.
*Other than the utility company's monthly hook-up fee, a NZE Home is designed to have no annual energy bills. From day one, your home will cost less to own than a standard home.
✔ OWN A BETTER, MORE DURABLE HOME
*Materials and Techniques used in NZE Homes are superior to Standard-built homes. Less upkeep, and lasts longer!
✔INFLATION-PROOF AGAINST RISING UTILITY COSTS
*Energy Costs always go up! But NZE produces all the energy you need.
*No CO2 Emissions, Reduced Energy Requirements due to better building techniques, and the home produces it’s own energy. Our grandchildren will thank us for it!
✔ NZE HOMES REQUIRE LESS ONGOING MAINTENANCE
*Fewer Mechanical Systems to maintain. Durable construction. Fresh air systems = No mold.
✔ NZE HOMES GENERALLY RETAIN HIGHER RESALE VALUES
*Advanced Efficiency Technology and Durability help keep NZE Homes in demand.
✔ NZE HOMES ARE QUIETER AND MORE PEACEFUL
*Triple-paned windows, superior insulation techniques protect you from outside noise from roads, air-traffic, and your neighbour’s son who is learning the electric guitar!
✔ NZE HOMES LET IN LOTS OF NATURAL LIGHT
*NZE Homes are designed to use passive solar energy, which will bring in natural daylight, and fill the home with warmth.
✔ MOST IMPORTANTLY… COMFORT, COMFORT, COMFORT!
* Virtually air-tight walls allows for no un-wanted drafts or hot/cold spots in the home. And the home is supplied with continuous pre-heated or pre-cooled fresh air, reducing allergens, mold and pollutants. It is the healthiest home to live in!