DOE Tour of Zero: Malone Cliff by Ferrier Custom Homes
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Ferrier Custom Homes built this 810-square-foot custom home in Fort Worth, Texas, to the high performance criteria of the U.S. Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) program.
Fiber-cement siding protects the sides of the compact structure.
Exterior rolling shutters on the east-facing windows allow homeowners to easily control sun exposure.
High-performance ENERGY STAR appliances save energy and water.
Stained concrete floors are low-maintenance, do not feed mold, and provide some passive solar benefit.
The compact home was constructed with structural insulated panels (SIP) for continuous thermal protection around the walls and roof.
The 10.25-inch SIP roof provides a thick layer of thermal protection (R-37) under the highly reflective Galvalume metal roof.
House wrap provides an air and water barrier around the home.
Fiber cement panels cover the compact two-story slab-on-grade structure.
A highly efficient air-source mini-split heat pump with a 20 SEER cooling efficiency and a 9.6 HSPF heating efficiency provides cooling and heating for the small home.
“My experience living in a zero energy ready home has been very positive.”
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“My experience living in a zero energy ready home has been very positive. The AC was sized correctly and provides maximum comfort at minimal energy usage as evidenced by my low electricity bills, and I keep it at a cool 74 degrees. I chose to build this way because I wanted to be energy and environmentally conscious.”