We have just started a new project in Durham that we are very excited about! The ultimate goal is a net-zero home. "Net Zero" Energy building is a growing trend. With the rising costs of traditional fossil fuels as well as the increasing interest in the environment a home that can function autonomously from the energy grid supply is an attractive option. Given current costs of photovoltaics a true "Net zero" building can be an expensive and complicated endeavor. Many homeowners are instead opting for a "near-zero" home. A "near-zero" home is a home that uses very little energy and takes advantage of many energy efficient building techniques.In this case, the home will be prepped to be connected to photovoltaics down the road when the costs come down. This project will feature a geothermal heat pump and HVAC unit, hydronic radiant heat concrete floors, open cell spray foam insulation, closed cell exterior rigid foam insulation, closed cell spray foam insulated roofing, a passive solar design and energy star program appliances. We are excited to be starting this project. Having a gorgeous wooded site to build on isn't bad either!
After the tank was installed we were able to get to work on the deck addition. Here you can see the tops of the underground water retention system and the completed deck. In lieu of traditional vertical pickets this deck features horizontal galvanized rods for a more contemporary look.