As the world continues to grapple with its impact on the environment, net zero homes are becoming an increasingly attractive solution. These homes use renewable energy sources to offset their total energy use over a period of time. In this blog, we’ll explore what exactly net zero homes are, how they can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and why they’re such a great option for sustainable living.
What Are Net Zero Homes?
Net zero homes have an energy-efficient thermal shell and appliances, and when combined with renewable energy systems, their total energy production minus their total energy use equals zero. This means that these homes produce exactly as much energy as they consume over the course of a year.
A zero-carbon home emits no net carbon dioxide during its operation, and a carbon-positive home produces more renewable energy than the home uses, exporting the excess to the grid. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions (such as carbon dioxide) aims to reduce the rate and impact of climate change. The zero carbon definition focuses on carbon emissions resulting from a home’s energy use. It does not include the ‘embodied carbon’ in the building (though this may be offset too).
The Benefits of Net Zero Homes
Net zero homes offer many benefits over traditional housing options. By using renewable resources to power their homes, residents can save money on utility costs while reducing their own environmental footprint. Additionally, these homes are built using high-efficiency materials that help reduce air infiltration and improve indoor air quality—which is especially beneficial for those who suffer from allergies or asthma. Lastly, since these homes produce energy instead of consuming it through traditional sources like natural gas or electricity, they help create a more reliable and resilient grid system for all users.
Great examples of energy-efficient housing materials include Vantem Panels which produce high-efficiency and net-zero panels with low embodied carbon. You can see Vantems Panels in the proposed Bryant’s Ridge Development.
Net zero homes offer an increasingly attractive solution for sustainable living in today’s world. They enable homeowners to save money on utility costs while reducing their own environmental footprint at the same time. With more people looking for ways to reduce their impact on climate change, net zero homes provide an opportunity to do just that—all while enjoying improved indoor air quality and greater reliability from our power grid system! For Developers and Consumers looking to invest in sustainable future solutions – net zero housing is one way you can make an impact today!