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Zero Energy Ready Home

The U.S. Department of Energy defines a zero energy ready home as “a high performance home which is so energy efficiency, that a renewable energy system can offset all or most of its annual energy consumption”. These homes are designed and built to the same high energy efficiency standards as zero energy homes and are wired so that renewable energy systems, such as solar panels, can be easily installed in the future. Zero energy ready homes are a more affordable solution, allowing homeowners to control the path towards creating a net zero home when they’re ready.

Zero energy ready homes are designed to meet high performance standards, built upon the comprehensive building science requirements of ENERGY STAR, so that they live better, work better, and last longer than code built homes. These homes are at least 40%-50% more energy efficient than a typical new home, corresponding to a HERS Index Score in the low to mid 50s. These homes must meet rigorous requirements that ensure energy efficiency, comfort, health and durability.

  1. Future Ready: Optimized Thermal Protection meets and exceeds the next generation code

  2. Moisture Ready: Whole-House Water Protection effectively manages potential leak and mold problems

  3. Comfort Ready: High-Performance Heating and Cooling ensure both energy efficient equipment and professional installation

  4. Tech Ready: High-Efficiency components typically come with improved performance, quality, and durability

  5. Health Ready: Comprehensive Indoor Air Quality includes all the requirements of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Indoor airPLUS program

  6. Zero Ready: Solar Ready Construction minimizes the cost and disruption of adding solar in the future

Zero energy Ready Home logo and explanation
Explanation of the qualities of a Zero energy Ready Home
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