DOE Tour of Zero: The Aspen by Charis Homes
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Charis Homes built this 4,734-square-foot custom home in North Canton, Ohio, to the high performance criteria of the U.S. Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) program.
The outdoor fireplace provides the ambience of a wood fire while keeping the combustion byproducts outside of this EPA Indoor airPLUS certified home.
Strategically placed double-pane windows bathe the home in natural light.
A tankless gas water heater provides endless hot water to the water-saving EPA WaterSense labeled fixtures.
Charis uses “learning centers” to help buyers learn more about DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes.
The basement walls are made of ICF blocks that provide continuous layers of insulation along the interior and exterior of the foundation walls, while dimpled plastic mats shed water away from the structure.
The 2-by-6 walls will be filled with R-23 of mineral wool insulation.
Baffles keep insulation out of the soffit vents and wind out of the insulation in this vented attic.
The foil-faced insulation behind this fireplace provides an air barrier and thermal shield.
The breathable house wrap provides an air and moisture barrier while allowing vapor to pass through.
“The biggest reward of building to the DOE ZERH standards is the performance of the home and the satisfaction of the home owner, who is living in a healthier, more efficient home.”
– Glenna Wilson, Builder, Charis Homes
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“What we like about the DOE ZERH program is the ability to differentiate our company from our competition. The biggest reward for us [is] … the satisfaction of the homeowner living in a healthier, more efficient home. The extra cost of building to the DOE ZERH standards has been offset by the leads and traffic generated by the DOE ZERH designation this home has obtained.”
– Glenna Wilson, builder, Charis Homes