Since 2008, the U.S. Department 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 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.
- Applications for the 2014 Housing Innovation Awards are now available.
- Learn about the DOE Challenge Home Student Design Competition.
Look for the Label
The DOE Zero Energy Ready Home label is the symbol of excellence for new homes. Learn what's behind this new level of performance .