DOE Tour of Zero: The Emery by Addison Homes
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Addison Homes built this 4,551-square-foot home in Greenville, South Carolina, to the performance criteria of the U.S. Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) program.
The 7.62-kW solar electric generation system uses roof-integrated photovoltaic shingles for a low profile; the photovoltaics help reduce utility bills by more than $2,000.
The rear of the home takes advantage of a sloping lot for a conditioned daylight basement that permits more living space on a smaller footprint. All windows and skylights meet ENERGY STAR performance criteria.
Narrow skylights add natural daylighting to the screened porch while ENERGY STAR ceiling fans provide cooling air flow.
Tall ceilings and high-performance windows and skylights in the great room help flood the home’s interior with natural daylight; the remote-controlled skylights and energy-saving ceiling fans provide ventilation and cooling when outdoor humidity is low.
The home was equipped with a high-efficiency ENERGY STAR refrigerator and dishwasher for energy and water savings.
Addison Homes used a variety of certified no- and low-VOC paints, flooring, carpets, adhesives, and cabinets to help meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Indoor airPLUS criteria.
Solar tubes bring daylight into interior spaces in the home.
Precast basement walls have insulation built right into them and come with a lifetime structural and moisture infiltration warranty.
A high-efficiency, ENERGY STAR-labeled tankless condensing gas water heater is equipped with a smart logic controller that “learns” the occupants’ usage patterns and circulates hot water through an insulated loop during the times when residents are most likely to need it.
The home is equipped with a high-efficiency (21.5 SEER and 10 HSPF) air-to-air heat pump and a web-connected smart thermostat to maintain comfortable and consistent temperatures throughout the house.
Power production from the integrated solar shingles helps cut electric bills to $71 a month.
“The DOE Zero Energy Ready Home program has set a standard that is truly ‘best in class’ and is pulling our industry toward a quality revolution.”
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“The DOE Zero Energy Ready Home program has set a standard that is truly ‘best in class.’ It is pulling our industry toward a quality revolution. The ZERH process of checklists and procedures helps us build better homes. We leave nothing to happenstance -- when it comes to quality, we want every T crossed, every I dotted.”
– Todd Usher, builder, Addison Homes