Zero Net Energy Homes

Zero net energy homes use a building method that makes, or supplies, their energy through renewable resources, which results in zero carbon emissions. This means that a home is one that produces as much energy as it consumes on an annual basis.

Home builders have a growing interest in implementing zero net energy methods and policies. These new homes help them meet their corporate goals, and regulatory mandates, federal government agencies and many state and local governments are beginning to implement.

When building these homes you will want to consider the following. Be sure to research your lighting, walls, windows, doors, roof, ventilation, air conditioning, heating, and the building usage and behaviors of the occupants.

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Zero Net Energy Homes

Features for Zero Net Energy Homes
The Department of Energy defines a zero net energy (ZNE) home or building as one that produces as much energy through renewable sources as it uses over the course of a specified time period.

  • Structural insulated panels (SIPs) for the walls and roof. Wall panels are 9 1/2-inch thick (R-45), OSB over polyisocyanurate insulation. Roof panels are of the same construction, 11 1/4 inches thick (R-70).
  • A reflective cool roof to minimize heat absorption is an excellent feature.
  • Passive cooling by means of a solar chimney at the top of the house or building that can flush out stale air and introduce cooler, fresh air at night.
  • LED bulbs, a smart thermostat, and wi-fi enabled energy management.
  • Heating and cooling with a Carrier air-source heat pump. Whole home or building ventilation with a Zehnder energy-recovery ventilator. The variable-speed air conditioner limits start and stops for higher efficiency.
  • Double-pane insulated windows.

Also, the city or county may require that anyone taking the plans agrees to have them reviewed by a local professional architect and/or engineer as well as a licensed contractor before construction starts.

Cad Pro is an affordable and easy alternative to other more expensive drafting and design software programs. Cad Pro is great for creating zero net energy homes plans, custom home plans, building plans, office plans, construction details, and much more.

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CAD Pro allows anyone to share their ideas and home plans with clients, colleagues or professional contractors using Dropbox®, Google Drive™, OneDrive®, and SharePoint®. Export files to Microsoft Word®, Excel®, and PowerPoint® with a single click.

CAD Pro has helped thousands of homeowners, professional designers, builders, and contractors plan and design all types of net zero energy homes. CAD Pro is used by NARI professional remodelers and contractors and the NRCA roofing contractors. CAD Pro is also used by NHBA home builders and contractors as well as the NALP National Association of Landscape Professionals.