DOE Tour of Zero: Lowry Plan by Thrive Home Builders
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Thrive Home Builders built this 4,119-square-foot production home in Denver, Colorado, to the high performance criteria of the U.S. Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) program.
The varied roof pitches offer multiple options for solar panel placement regardless of home orientations on the lots.
Highly insulated walls and attics combine with the rooftop solar to provide homeowners with estimated annual energy savings of up to $4,000 compared to just-to-code homes.
Durable materials like fiber cement and stone siding, concrete porches, and metal railing will stand up to the weather extremes of the Denver climate.
The kitchen is equipped with a resource-efficient ENERGY STAR refrigerator and dishwasher.
LED advanced lighting technology is supplemented by strategically placed windows that bring natural daylight into the home.
These ENERGY STAR double-paned, argon-filled, vinyl-framed windows have an exceptional insulation value of U=0.25, which means they’ll do a good job of minimizing heat and sound transfer.
The efficient tankless gas water heater speeds hot water to faucets with the help of a smart hot water recirculation pump.
Double-wall construction and advanced framing features like open corners and open headers above windows provide more space in the wall for insulation.
The rim joists are sealed with spray foam, which helps keep out drafts, pollen, and dust.
“We’re generating more energy than we’re using.”
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“We’re generating more energy than we’re using. In fact, our last two bills were about $35 dollars and I love going out and watching all the credits we have. I have to say, being the first to move in and be surrounded by construction, having these thick walls, we hear very little. It’s very quiet.”