DOE Tour of Zero: Coastal ZERH by Garden State Modular Homes, LLC
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Garden State Modular built this 2,709-square-foot custom home in Lavallette, New Jersey, to the high performance criteria of the U.S. Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) program.
This beach house is built on a wood pile foundation with ventilated skirt walls and is insulated under the raised first floor with R-24 of closed-cell spray foam.
Porches, balconies, and operable windows encourage occupants to open windows to catch ocean breezes for natural cooling and ventilation.
An ENERGY STAR refrigerator, dishwasher, clothes washer, and ceiling fans add to energy and water savings in the efficient home.
The double-paned windows are vinyl framed for durability in this coastal location and coated with low-e coatings to minimize heat loss.
Low-VOC products were used throughout this EPA Indoor airPLUS certified home.
A 95% efficient tankless gas water heater provides endless hot water that is sped to faucets thanks to a motion sensor-operated recirculation pump.
Mastic-sealed rigid metal ducts are installed between the floors of this modular, factory-constructed home.
Each floor of the two-story home consists of 2-by-6, 24-inch on-center walls that are constructed in a factory and insulated with R-21 fiberglass batt plus 1 inch of rigid exterior foam, then connected on site.
The pier foundation that lifts this home above flood waters is visible in this photo taken before the skirt walls were added.