Net Zero Energy Ready
Net Zero is a term to represent no more energy consumption than one produces. Net Zero Energy Ready is a term the US Department of Energy has coined to designate a home that is ready to produce enough energy to reach zero consumption on an annualized basis, based on standard living conditions.
SMC is utilizing what we have learned in the past many years to bring you the incredible Indoor air quality [VOC/radon mitigation], water conservation, energy conservation, and people comforts that are only available in the homes we build. We strive to make certain aspects of our homes greatly exceed the latest Energy and Building Codes.
The Department of Energy (DOE) says that, “we spend more than $430 billion each year to power our homes and commercial buildings, consuming more than 70% of all electricity used in the United States, about 40% of our nation’s total energy bill, and contributing to almost 40% of the nation’s carbon dioxide emissions.” DOE also states, “Ground Source Heat Pumps (GHPs) are the single most efficient heating and cooling technologies for buildings”. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that the Denver Metro area is in Radon Zone 1. EPA states “Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer”.