DOE Tour of Zero: The Danielle by High Performance Homes
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High Performance Homes built this 3,748-square-foot custom home in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to the high performance criteria of the U.S. Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) program.
The homeowners have utility bills of about $45 a month thanks to the home's super-efficient construction and 4.9-kW of photovoltaic shingles on the roof.
Good site drainage and other moisture management details like kickout flashing and ice-and-water shield combine with the sturdy pre-cast concrete basement and SIP above-grade walls to provide a storm-resistant home.
Strategically placed high-efficiency, double-pane, low-e, argon-filled windows (U=0.25, SHGC=0.29) bring natural light into the home.
ENERGY STAR appliances and LED lighting add energy savings and water efficiency to the home.
A ground source heat pump provides ultra-efficient (5.6 COP, 20.3 EER) heating and cooling of interior spaces.
The basement is constructed with pre-cast concrete walls lined with R-21.3 foil-faced rigid foam while an R-10 layer of XPS rigid foam covers the ground under the slab.
The home's above-grade walls are insulated with 6.5-inch-thick R-23 SIPs while batt insulation fills the rafter bays of the vaulted ceilings.
Spray foam insulation air-seals and insulates the floor above the garage.
The PV shingles provide a low profile on the roof.
“We have lived here for almost a year now, and it's been the most comfortable home I've ever lived in … We are happy clients, living in our ‘Happily Ever After Home’.”
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“We have lived here for almost a year now, and it's been the most comfortable home I've ever lived in. The geothermal HVAC is very effective and almost completely silent, the electric bill is unbelievably low, and there is not a draft to be felt on even the windiest Pennsylvania days. We are happy clients, living in our ‘Happily Ever After Home.’”