Net Zero Energy Homes

Build a home that can give you everything, except utility bills

NYSERDA’s Low-rise Residential New Construction Program is now offering support for homes designed to achieve net zero energy performance. Net zero means the home is capable of producing as much energy over a year as it will need to supply the home’s energy needs. Proven technologies and advanced building practices, combined with performance testing by certified Home Energy Raters, ensure the homes are energy efficient. Net zero is a goal of NYSERDA’s Low-rise Residential New Construction Program – the ultimate in home energy efficiency design.

Designed for Net Zero Energy Performance

Net Zero Homes deliver stellar energy performance

In order to attain net zero energy performance, homes are designed from top to bottom with combinations of the following energy-saving features and techniques:

  • Solar Electric (PV) generating systems,
  • Solar thermal systems to generate domestic hot water, and for space heating,
  • Integrated designs that maximize the benefits of solar heat gains through
    • a building orientation that takes advantage of the daily and seasonal position of the sun,
    • window and door placement and the use of products such as multi-glazed windows and insulated doors, and
    • integrated building features, such as extended eaves or permanently installed awnings to reduce undesired solar heat gains,
  • Higher performance building elements than in typical homes, such as more effectively insulated wall panels and systems, both above and below ground level,
  • Significantly increased air tightness achieved through integrated design and high-quality execution, including careful seam sealing and weather-stripping,
  • Higher efficiency heating and cooling systems, including ground- and air-source heat pumps, as well as integrated heat- or energy-recovery ventilation systems,
  • Advanced and integrated lighting design, which includes use of LED technologies and controls that take advantage of natural light,
  • High-efficiency appliances, electronics and controls.

Learn more about the Low-rise Residential New Construction Program.

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Last Updated: 09/16/2014
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Who to Contact

Lisa Diffenback

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