by Brent Sauser
A recent article published in the U.S. News and World Report, written by Meg Handley (September 13, 2012) describes a new home that will function as a laboratory to measure the effectiveness and efficiency of Net Zero technology in a residential context.
Located in Gaithersburg, Maryland, this 2,700 square-foot, four bedroom, three bath home has been “fitted” with solar panels, cutting-edge heating and cooling systems, and a virtually airtight construction. Whatever energy is not used will be sold back to the utility. It is estimated to generate 15 to 20 percent more energy than it uses. Scientists will spend two years measuring the data in order to provide valuable information that can find its way into future building codes and standards, which will move us more quickly towards Net Zero. The article points out that “the idea is to influence the building industry” to move in a Net Zero direction.