When looking to purchase or build your own home, you will hear more about net-zero ready and net-zero homes. As we progress with building technology and strive for peak energy efficiency, these types of homes will become more common. A net zero home uses renewable energy systems and building technology, therefore producing as much renewable energy as it consumes over time. These technologies include proper insulation, high-performance windows, and maximized airtightness to minimize heating and cooling needs. Additionally, there is a need for energy-efficient appliances, lighting, and water usage to ensure the decrease of energy consumption.
Zero energy homes are comfortable, healthy, quiet and result in energy cost savings in the long run. Net-Zero ready, specifically, means a home that’s set up to become a zero-energy home. These homes have the exact same efficiency standards as net zero homes without the inclusion of components such as solar panels to make the home 100% energy efficient. The builder in this case will ensure a simple conversion to a zero-energy home by allowing spacing and setting up for future solar panel installation on the roof.
Through added investment into their own home, the homeowner will have the opportunity to make their home net zero.
When building a new home, it’s key to consider a net zero ready home as it provides higher investment value while saving money in the long run.