Sustainable Design for the 21st Century

Case Study: A Net Zero Energy House

Moore Net Zero Home, Evergreen CO. 

Inspired by the architecture of the Pueblo Indians, the Moore House was designed by Doerr Architecture to create more energy than it uses, a net-zero energy home. Mike and Ann Moore had property at almost 8000 feet elevation in the Rocky Mountains of Evergreen, Colorado and wanted a 3500 square foot home with space to show their art collection. They wanted a home that captured the feel of adobe architecture as well as the views of the continental divide while treading lightly on the earth. 
The US Energy Star program states that a standard new home has a HERS (Home Energy Rating System) score of 100. The better a home performs, the lower its HERS score. The green building strategies used on the Moore Studio earned it an amazing and verified HERS score of -3; one of a few houses in the US to ever do this.To conserve trees and add character, beams were salvaged from demolished buildings. Special columns and vitas were salvaged from local beetle-kill trees and flooring was salvaged from Revolutionary War barracks. All other lumber is certified by FSC (Forrest Stewardship Council) to be sustainably harvested. To conserve water, the builder, Ecofutures, installed a system that takes grey water from sinks and baths, filters it and supplies it to toilets.
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