DOE Tour of Zero: The ArtiZEN Plan by New Town Builders
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New Town Builders of Denver builds all of its single-family homes to the high-performance criteria of the U.S. DOE Zero Energy Ready Home program.
A solar electric system provides more than enough electricity to run the 2,115-square-foot home over the course of the year.
The high-performance window system includes advanced window technology with a special invisible coating that lets in daylight while blocking unwanted heat gain in summer and heat loss in winter.
Advanced ENERGY STAR appliances and lighting contribute to energy savings.
Like all DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes, this home meets the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Indoor airPLUS requirements to help provide cleaner air and a healthier indoor environment.
The double-wall thermal blanket construction results in thick window sills for added architectural interest.
The energy-saving double wall construction uses two side-by-side stud walls, providing an extra-thick wall cavity that can be filled with more than twice as much insulation as ordinary walls.
The energy saving attic perimeter framing ensures an enhanced depth of insulation all the way to the edge of the roof perimeter. Ventilation air can pass up through soffit vents, behind the professionally installed baffles, and out of vents near the roof ridge.
The energy saving attic perimeter framing provides extra space for insulation all the way to the edge, which prevents cold spots along exterior walls.
"What I love about this home is just how comfortable it is."
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"What I love about this home is just how comfortable it is. The temperature is always perfect. I never have to think about it or worry about it regardless of where I am in the house. It just feels very cozy and warm. Our home is also very quiet … like a sanctuary … we’re right by a busy road and you don’t hear the noise"