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Monday, July 19, 2010

Wealthy Heights Net-Zero Energy Home

We are proud and excited to be the designer of the Habitat for Humanity of Kent County projected LEED for Homes "Platinum" Net-Zero Energy Homes in Wealthy Heights. This will be Michigan's first Net-zero Energy Habitat home and it will be built as part of the Wealthy Heights Partnership Project. Construction could begin as soon as September or as late as March 2011 depending on the entire neighbor hood improvement plans approval by various authorities. Besides being a projected LEED for Home "Platinum" project the project has goals of reaching Green Built Michigan "Gold" certification, 5+ Energy Star certification, HERs Score of 0, Zero-Step certification, EPA WaterSense Partner and EPA Indoor AirPlus Partner.

This home will have Photovoltaic's and Solar Hots Water System combined with Radiant Floor Heat to help it achieve it's Net-Zero Energy. The home will use several construction methods such as Frost Protected Shallow Foundation for a portion of the House, ICF Construction for the Basement, Advanced Framing for the Walls and SIP panel Construction for the Roof.