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Zero Energy Ready Home

A DOE Zero Energy Ready Home is a high performance home which is so energy efficient, that a renewable energy system can offset all or most of its annual energy consumption.

Since 2008, the U.S. DeZero_Home_MASTER_Mark ZERH site.jpgpartment of Energy's (DOE) Builders Challenge program has recognized hundreds of leading builders for their achievements in energy efficiency—resulting in over 14,000 energy efficient homes and millions of dollars in energy savings. The DOE Zero Energy Ready Home—formerly DOE Challenge Home—represents a whole new level of home performance, with rigorous requirements that ensure outstanding levels of energy savings, comfort, health, and durability. 


A DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Lives Better, Works Better, and Lasts Better!


Housing Innovation Awards     


Since 2013, the Housing Innovation Awards have recognized the very best in innovation on the path to Zero Energy Ready Homes.  This year's awards ceremony was held October 6th, at the EEBA Excellence in Building Conference & Expo in Denver, Colorado.  

The 2015 Housing Innovation Award Winners are changing the way homes are designed and constructed, providing better places for Americans to live, stronger communities, and a more economically and environmentally resilient nation. Check out all of the winners and Grand Winners on the new DOE Tour of Zero!

Student Design Competition

The Race toRaceToZero-17.jpg Zero Student Design Competition engages college student across the United States and Canada to become partof a new leadership movement to achieve truly sustainable homes.  This year's competition was held at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, CO. 


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