DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Case Study: Durable Energy Builders - Houston, Texas
This case study describes a DOE Zero Energy Ready Home in Houston, Texas, that scored HERS 39 without PV and HERS 29 with PV. This 5,947 ft2 custom home has 11.5-inch ICF walls. The attic is insulated along the roof line with 5 to 7 inches of open-cell spray foam. Most of the home's drinking water is supplied by a 11,500-gallon rainwater cistern. Hurricane strapping connects the roof to the walls. The triple-pane windows are impact resistant. The foundation is a raised slab.
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- Research Org:
- Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
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- USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Building Technologies Office (EE-5B) (Building America)
- Country of Publication:
- United States
- DOE Zero Energy Ready Home; Building America; hot-humid climate; builder; residential; construction; energy efficient; ICFs; rainwater; rain harvesting; cistern; solar water heater; ERV; central manifold plumbing; raised slab
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