DOE Tour of Zero: Whitewebs Lane House by Clifton View Homes
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Clifton View Homes built this 1,852-square-foot home in Greenbank, Washington, to the performance criteria of the U.S. Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) program. The south-facing roof is designed to hold enough solar photovoltaic panels to power the home and an electric car.
This home is expected to save $880 per year in energy costs after cutting energy consumption in half. The walls are constructed with structural insulated panels that require less assembly time on site than stick-built homes and provide continuous insulation with almost no thermal bridging (or heat transfer through wall studs).
The home’s simple design reduces construction costs and increases energy efficiency by minimizing breaks in the thermal envelope.
The home was equipped with a high-efficiency ENERGY STAR refrigerator, dishwasher, and clothes washer for energy and water savings.
All lights are high-efficiency compact fluorescents or light emitting diodes (LEDs).
The home meets the requirements of the EPA Indoor airPLUS certification including the use of low- and no-VOC structural wood products, primer, paint, cabinets, and flooring.
All plumbing fixtures are low-flow water-saving fixtures.
The wall to the right shows tape covering the seam where two structural insulated panels (SIPs) join. SIPs sandwich a block of foam insulation between two panels of oriented strand board. Taping the seam helps to block air leaks and provides draft protection.
Triple-pane ultra-efficient windows are used throughout the house.
Outside air that is ducted into the home passes through a HEPA filter, which helps remove allergens and dust before the fresh air is distributed through the home.
A high-efficiency ductless heat pump provides heating and cooling for the house.
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“We have created spreadsheets that measure virtually everything we do and enable us to compare the results of one strategy against another, so that we can give our customer the very best advice on what is and is not cost-effective. Our returns are higher, with less risk, than is usually achieved through the stock market or by any other means. We should be licensed as investment counselors!”
– Ted Clifton, designer and builder, Clifton View Homes