A Net Zero Energy Home Grows Up: Lessons and Puzzles from Ten Years of Data

Winter 2017
A version of this article appears in the Winter 2017 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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September 20, 2017
In 2005, Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver teamed up with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to design and build a net zero energy (NZE) home in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. A main goal of the project was to show that a NZE home was feasible to build within the Habitat for Humanity model. This meant that the design must be repeatable and cost-effective for the climate region; that it must be simple enough that it could be built largely with volunteer labor; and that occupants could operate the home with no special training.

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