Dow, Cobblestone Intend to Make Net-Zero Energy Homes Affordable
May 24, 2010
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The Dow Chemical Company and Cobblestone Homes introduced affordable net-zero energy home in Michigan, using readily available energy efficiency technologies such as the new Dow Powerhouse Solar Shingles. The solar components on the home, which includes a demonstration of Dow’s solar shingle, will produce enough energy to supply all the home’s electricity plus additional electricity that can be sold back to the local utility company for energy credits.
The Vision Zero home is expected to save $3507 in energy costs and avert 44,855 lbs of CO2 use annually.
Other energy-saving components of the home include WaterFurnace Geothermal Heating and Cooling system, with ground source heat pumps harnessing the earth's constant temperature to provide heat in winter and to cool in summer. Enerworks Solar Panels provide water heating.
"The Vision Zero home utilizes a variety of energy solutions from Dow and is proof that homeowners can affordably enjoy all the comforts of the modern home, with a reduced environmental impact and still achieve a net-zero utility bill," said Doug May, Dow’s vice president of energy, climate change and alternative feedstocks.
Net-zero energy homes typically use about 60-70% less energy than a conventional home, with the balance of its energy needs supplied by renewable technologies. The Vision Zero home uses a wide range of Dow materials and sustainable technologies, including next generation insulation and air-sealing products.
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