An experimental net-zero home built by Danielsen Construction was featured in an article in Contracting Business. The project proves an astonishing increase of energy efficiency and reduction of energy bills, and this for about the same construction costs than found in a conventional building project. We have seen these results for many years and are convinced that they should and will become a new standard in the construction industry.
Tom Danielsen has been adopting net-zero as the goal early in the design process and keeping projects simple, without sacrificing comfort or convenience. The occupants were encouraged to make their home comfortable, there were no restrictions on energy use.
We kept the project on budget, our efficient heat pump design allowed immense savings in cost, allowing more money to go to other areas, primarily insulation. None of our techniques are radical, but each improvement builds on the next, adding up to substantial energy savings. The secret: a tight building envelope, a correctly-sized HVAC system, smart ductwork design, robust insulation, and finally properly installing the correct appliances and systems.
“We’re not doing anything crazy here, […] there were no expensive building materials or methods used. We installed basic equipment, and employed best practices.”
Read the article on contractingbusiness.com: