Zero Energy Ready Homes push the limits of sustainable living. In these houses, the total amount of renewable energy produced is equal to the amount of energy used per year, resulting in net-zero energy bills and carbon-free homes. Because of their incredible efficiency, the standards are among some of the most rigorous criteria for eco-friendly residential architecture.
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Saint-Gobain North America (SGNA) is a leading building materials manufacturer that emphasizes innovative solutions. Its first Zero Energy Ready Home project is currently under construction in North Canton, Ohio. The home incorporates over 20 of SGNA’s material solutions ranging from insulation to roof shingles that work towards maximizing efficiency while creating a comfortable living environment.
SGNA specifically chose to construct a net-zero home because of the immense benefits they have. While these homes typically use solar energy to harvest electricity, they are more complex than houses with solar panels on them. Zero energy homes are meticulously designed for their exact locations, using high-quality materials and passive systems to combat site-specific challenges and produce sufficient energy to keep power bills low while respecting the environment.
The sustainable solutions that SGNA is employing are beneficial on multiple levels. For example, the roof shingles are locally sourced from CertainTeed Landmark and are manufactured near the site in Avery, Ohio. The manufacturer’s proximity to the project lessens carbon emissions from extensive transportation, while simultaneously supporting local businesses. Another example is the use of InselPure™ Duct Wrap and WideWrap to enhance thermal efficiency within systems. These are insulation materials that can almost eliminate condensation in ducts used for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems. They are also wide enough to accommodate large duct systems, which results in less material waste and labor costs.
While the construction of the project has been underway since July, SGNA is also working with a local nonprofit organization to identify the family that will move into the house upon completion in 2022. SGNA will use this first project as a case study to monitor energy efficiency and savings of the home, to highlight the advantages of Zero Energy Ready Homes.
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