'Net-zero' energy home adds up to savings

'Net-zero' energy home adds up to savings

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by Joe Smith

kgw.com

Posted on August 20, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 20 at 6:58 PM

VANCOUVER - -You could call it the ultimate green home. Urban NW Homes in Vancouver is using the latest technology to build the areas first "net-zero" energy home.

The home will produce as much energy as it uses. That means no monthly electric or gas bill at the end of the month. The home leaves virtually no carbon footprint.

Urban NW homes has been working to build it's first net-zero energy home for two years.

The 2,400 square foot, three-bedroom home is getting for construction in the Wild Glen sub-division in Vancouver.

The entire 18 home project has been given the National Association of Home Builders  highest four-star award under the association's national green building standard.  It's the first for a builder on the West Coast.

"We build an ultra-tight shelf on the house, we put in super high-efficiency, pretty much everything you can put in a house, "said Troy Johns, President, Urban NW Homes.

It does cost more to build these type of homes, about 2 to 3 percent according to Johns. It will take about 60 days longer to build. The price of the home will be $390,000. 

Urban NW Homes plans to build four more net zero energy homes in the Portland area, one every six months. 

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