To prepare to meet tough building codes, PulteGroup Inc. is producing a zero net energy (ZNE) home prototype in Northern California.
Pulte says it is the largest builder to participate in a pilot aimed at building new homes to achieve maximum energy efficiency and utility grid load reduction.
“The Pulte ZNE prototype will help guide and create best practices for the Company in building more energy efficient new homes in California and, ultimately, across the nation,” said Ryan Marshall, president of PulteGroup. “Our goal for this prototype is to help define the most efficient path to building zero net energy homes that effectively balance constructability, cost and quality.”
The Pulte ZNE home prototype embraces California’s long-term zero net energy goals by leveraging advanced design, construction and on-site renewable energy solutions. The home’s design combines near airtight building methods, highly efficient insulation, HVAC, lighting technologies and more, with on-site solar energy production to offset the home’s energy consumption.
Pulte is participating in Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E) Zero Net Energy Production Builder Demonstration program that supports California’s energy efficiency and climate goals for all new residential construction to be zero net energy by 2020.
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