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A slightly modified version of our Tecumseh design has been accepted to be a part of Ann Arbor’s Virtual Showcase of Homes Oct 16 – 18, 2020, we are offering Zoom presentations each morning @ 900a. Please join us. A unique opportunity to follow the construction of a third unique version of this design in the greater Ann Arbor, MI area. Please call for details.
Out Buildings and in-fill urban lots Also known as Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU), in-law flats, mother-in-law suite, freestanding structures, guest cottage, personal office, and studios are an additional building typically built in the backyard. They are detached, self-sufficient, and range in size from 300 sf to 1,000 sf.
Can a System Built, High Performance Home Be Net Zero Energy and Extremely Affordable at the Same Time? part 6/7
We ended part 5 with reminding ourselves that our homes consume over 40 percent of the US annual energy budget and 75% of the electrical consumption. This combined usage is releasing about 28,000 lbs. of CO2 per home per year into our atmosphere. According to Sam Rashkin, chief architect of the US DOE Building Technologies Office, “…scientists say environmental conditions are reaching a critical stage where the earth can no longer sustain the 9 billion human inhabitants; a Zero Energy Building imperative must be our new reality.”
It was a long haul with a 3 month hiatus for the Covid 19 pandemic. We all have moved a time or two in our lives and the ‘move in’ reality means we are camping out in our new home… these owners are more organized than the average homeowner. It exceeds all expectations with space for everything and everything in a space with walls that are yearning to hold a picture, a shelf, and a memory.
Construction began in Fall of 2019 and paused in March 2020 due to Covid-19. But is now back on track to be completed this month, August 2020. While the pandemic continues, the construction industry can safely get back to work and Right Home did just that with this exciting home.
Can a System Built, High Performance Home Be Net Zero Energy and Extremely Affordable at the Same Time? part 7/7
We ended part 6 talking air quality and how our nation’s average home emits 14 tons of CO2 annually which brought up air quality which brought up health which brought up infiltration of air into (out of) our homes. A tight home is a healthier home. It takes energy to heat and cool the air of our home to our comfort level ~ 70 F and ~ 50% humidity.
Right Home Company began work Fall of 2019 on a custom RHC home in Pinckney, Michigan. This smart home is 1617 sq ft with 2 bedrooms and 2 baths. It features an office area, mudroom with laundry, open great room, large screened deck, oversized 2 car garage and a full insulated basement.
Can a System Built, Pre-Fabricated, High Performance, Kit Home be a “Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH)?” Part 5
According to the US Energy Info Admin the avg 1800 sf US home pays ~ $360/mo. for all utility services in 2018. According to DOE and RMI, the average additional construction costs for a NZH in CZ 4 or CZ 5 will be ~ 8% more than base construction costs, or about $29,000 for an 1800 sf home at $200./sf. Financing $29,000 @ 4% for 30 yrs. is <$140/mo. to save $360/mo. – a monthly savings of $220/mo., sounds like a deal to me!!!
Can a System Built, Pre-Fabricated, High Performance, Kit Home be a “Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH)?” Part 4
Part of the ‘capable’ question must include capable of meeting reasonable accessible, proven, building materials. Since building a new home costs more than just about anything else we do, we will expand on budgets and costs in PART 5. The following considerations in the building design and specs are critical to achieving our definition of NZ capable; the less you lose, the less you use.
Can a System Built, Pre-Fabricated, High Performance, Kit Home Be Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH)? Part 3
We asked ‘how do we get there’ in our last article. There are many considerations and aspects to saving energy. Last article outlined 5 categorical construction parameters. We will look at design considerations in this article. Then structural elements in PART 4.