Welcome to the future of Energy Independent Home Building: 

A  True and Affordable Net Zero Carbon Footprint Home

 

Possible due to Unique and Integrated Design Features:

  • 4.15 Kw Grid Tie PV system
  • Passive Solar Space Heat Collection
  • Integrated  Heating and Distribution System
  •  Concrete Floors for Thermal Inertia Mass
  • Six Sided Super Insulated Building Envelope
  • High Performance Windows and Doors
  • Energy Engineered, HERS  0  =  NO PROJECTED UTILITY BILL! **
  • Green Finishes = Healthy Interior and Sustainable Products

 **  a projected savings of $100/mo.

 

Floor Plan

 

 

 This  Creative Compact Design gives you:

  • 575 SF finished living space
  • 100SF Sun Space
  • An ample Kitchen/Living/Dining area
  • Simple Bathroom with deeper tub for soaking
  • 2 bedrooms
  • 4.15 KW photovoltaics (extra cost of $13,300 before rebates, see below)
  • Optional wood or gas parlor stove
  • Loft storage space

 

SW Elevation Solar Panels

This Home equipped with the PV array  is eligible for $6,000 rebate on a mortgage at closing from the Colorado Energy Savers Mortgage program, $4,000 in federal rebates as a rollover credit on income tax, and $10/mo. for 10 years from Xcel Energy (=$1,200).

Add that up and that is $11,200 of rebates on a $13,300 system i.e. the system only ends up costing $2.100. Now figure in no projected utility bill, a savings of roughly $100/mo. and this system is paid off in under 2 years. After that, no utility bill for the life of the PV system (projected decline is .8% per year) And note: utilities are going up about 3% per year…

BUILDING ENERGY INDEPENDENCE ONE HOME AT A TIME

 

What’s a Grid Tie System?

In brief, the Power Grid serves as a year long battery. In the warm season-longer days- the meter turns backwards accumulating credit.  In the cool months-shorter days-the meter turns forward due to needed heating, particularly on cold cloudy days.

NET ZERO means your average energy production over the course of the year comes out to Zero = NO UTILITY BILLS

 

What’s a HERS rating?

HERS stands for Home Energy Rating System.  A house built to today’s code standards achieves a rating of 100.  The sample design shown here achieves a rating of Zero with its basic PV system. Add more PV’s and the house could power an electric/hybrid car.

 

Cost to Buy  versus  Cost to Own

With its additional features a Hybrid Home will cost more than a standard home.  However, with no utility bill, the Cost to Own is decreased.  Typical average savings in a Colorado climate for a 1700SF home  is on the order of $200 per month. Instead of financing a $282,000 home, you are literally only financing a $262,000 home. Many Lenders now understand these Green features and their financial advantages.

 

“Let the environment save us”