E2 Homes built this 7,934-square-foot custom home in Maitland, Florida, to the high performance criteria of the U.S. Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) program.
Deep overhangs, light-colored walls and roofing, and advanced-technology low-e3 windows minimize heat gain.
LED interior and exterior lighting makes a stunning display without a big energy penalty.
Covered porches provide shade and encourage open doors for natural ventilation and free cooling breezes.
High-performance ENERGY STAR appliances save energy and water.
High-efficiency fixtures reduce water usage.
A super-efficient dehumidifier pulls extra humidity out of the home while supplying fresh air, which is balanced with the timer-controlled bath exhaust fans.
An outdoor shower helps keep humidity out of the house.
A ground-source heat pump provides very efficient heating and cooling (17.73 EER or 22-28 SEER) as well as potable hot water.
The ground source heat pump is equipped with a 120-gallon storage tank and a tankless gas water heater that serves as a booster heater.