DOE Tour of Zero: Contemporary Performance House by Imery & Co.
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Imery & Co. built this 2,981-square-foot custom home in Chamblee, Georgia, to the high performance criteria of the U.S. Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) program.
This efficient modern home is expected to save its owners more than $1,000 per year in energy costs compared to a home built to code.
Advanced-technology LED lighting and ENERGY STAR appliances add to energy and water savings.
Thorough air-sealing helps keep humidity, pollen, dust, and drafts out of the high-performance home.
Stained concrete flooring provides moisture-resistant low-maintenance flooring in the home.
Fiberglass-framed, double-pane windows have heat-blocking low-emissivity coatings to let in light and views while keeping out the heat.
EPA WaterSense fixtures and a compact plumbing design minimize water usage.
Treated bottom plates are among the moisture-resistant features in the home.
The metal screening keeps insects out of the black mesh plastic fabric, which provides a ventilation gap behind the home's siding, which includes the ship-lapped cypress shown here.
A small-duct, high-velocity heat pump system was chosen for its air distribution and dehumidification properties.
The 2-by-6, 24-inch on-center, advanced-framed walls were filled with R-19 open-cell foam and sheathed with a coated OSB product with seams taped so it can serve as an air and moisture barrier.
Tape flashing around windows helps keep moisture out of the framed walls.
“I have always suffered from allergies … I can come back home and my odorless, fresh space speaks for itself -- no mold, no breathing problems, no fumes, and no itchy eyes. I’m definitely happy.”
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“I have always suffered from allergies, especially from mold and chemical fumes. The way our home is sealed, the materials, finishes, and state-of-the-art green A/C system have noticeably improved my quality of life. I can come back home and my odorless, fresh space speaks for itself -- no mold, no breathing problems, no fumes and no itchy eyes. I’m definitely happy.”