DOE Certifies NC's First Ever Net Zero Energy Ready Homes

May 13, 2016

The Department of Energy has certified two homes in Catawba County as the first Net Zero Energy Ready Homes in North Carolina.  Rob Howard is Director of Construction for Habitat For Humanity Catawba Valley in Hickory, NC.  He spoke with WCQS's Davin Eldridge.

Via press release:

Two homes in a new residential community in Catawba County, North Carolina have been certified by the U.S. Department of Energy as the first-ever Net Zero Energy Ready Homes in the state.  Only a select group of homes by the nation’s top builders meet the extraordinary levels of excellence and quality specified by U.S. Department of Energy guidelines.

Moreover, the 18-unit community of Northstone in Catawba County, N.C. will provide energy efficient and renewable energy ready homes for market rate residential buyers, as well as Habitat for Humanity families. The cost of homes in Northstone are $150,000 - $180,000.

“We believe the health and cost-saving benefits of high-performance homes should be available to all families in our state,” said Rob Howard, Director of Construction of Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley and Board Chairman at North Carolina Building Performance Association. “This particular project has caught the attention of N.C. county officials throughout our state as a possible new model of energy efficient access for North Carolinians.”

Each Net Zero Energy Ready Home is built with advanced construction techniques and includes high performance home systems that provide families with consistent room temperatures, filtered and improved air quality, and structural durability. Independent verifiers inspect these measurements with detailed checklists and prescribed diagnostics prior to certification of the home. North Carolina Building Performance Association located in Raleigh assisted in the project by certifying the two Catawba County homes for DOE accreditation.

In addition, homeowners have the option to add a small solar array at a future date to achieve a true Net Zero home. Each home has a two-year monitoring and maintenance agreement including six-month check-in appointments to collect data and confirm the home is meeting the high performance energy efficiency guidelines.

More information about Net Zero Energy Ready Homes can be found here.