DOE Tour of Zero: Elements Collection by Thrive Home Builders
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Thrive Home Builders built this 1,725-square-foot affordable home in Denver, Colorado, to the high performance criteria of the U.S. Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) program.
Homeowners should save nearly $1,600 per year in energy bills in these energy-efficient townhomes.
Simple roof designs allow more than enough space for the 2.5-kW of photovoltaic panels installed on the roofs, which are offered to homeowners through a $0 down lease arrangement.
Beneath the fiber cement siding, the builder packed R-41 of blown fiberglass into the double walls.
ENERGY STAR appliances and EPA WaterSense-labeled plumbing fixtures add to energy and water savings.
A high-efficiency sealed combustion gas furnace warms the home with little risk of backdrafting.
The builder packed R-41 of blown fiberglass into the double walls, which are advanced framed to cut lumber usage.
The HVAC ducts are located between floors in conditioned space, protecting them from cold attic conditions.
The windows are ENERGY STAR-qualified double-pane, argon-filled, vinyl-framed windows with a U value of 0.28 and a SHGC of 0.41.
Two-stud corners are one of the advanced framing techniques incorporated in the wall construction to reduce lumber and make room for insulation.
“I like the electricity bill, which is way less than … my old rental home.”
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“I like the electricity bill, which is way less than what I used to have in my old rental home.”
“My bill is about $50 a month year ‘round.”