Build a zero energy home in two days

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    Thomas and Lewis are building a zero-energy home, one that produces as much energy as its uses, therefore canceling out monthly heating and cooling bills. Through the use of solar panels, geothermal heating and cooling systems, a tightly sealed shell, energy-saving appliances -- not to mention turning off lights when they leave a room -- they're looking forward to living in a home that's not only cheaper for them, but better for the environment.

    The timing, Thomas said, was just right for them to build.

    "The technology has finally gotten to the point where you can reasonably do this kind of a home without a whole lot of extra work," he said this month as he walked through what will soon be his new home. The house is approximately 2,900 square feet. From their front yard they can see the horses of nearby Keswick Farms.

    Couple build zero-energy home in Chesterfield County | Richmond Times-Dispatch
     
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    How could this be built in a city? Bunch of pipes, water, power, comm lines. Subways in some areas. Looks good for the country but not any city I know of.
     
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    Well? Are you building one? Or still an Armchair warrior?
     
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    Oh, Chris is the eternal internet warrior. He has nowhere near the money required to build one of those homes. Like most of the population.
     
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    It is pretty easy to design, and build, a zero energy home, until you add people to the mix.
     
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    Sungazing House was designed and built to minimize the need for energy. It does this with site orientation, quad-pane Serious Windows, insulated 12" walls and a 16" ceiling, airtight construction, an HRV, Energy Star appliances, all LED lighting, a reflective roof, and thoughtful overhangs.

    In fact, the ultra-efficient home is not a net user of electricity from the power grid. Moreover, according to the builder, Sungazing House doesn't require gas for space or water heating because it's ultra-efficient and relies on solar hot water panels and underground water storage tanks.

    Net Zero Sungazing House in Park City
     

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