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The Net-Zero Energy Residential Test Facility (NZERTF)

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posted on Mar, 1 2015 @ 06:38 PM
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The Net-Zero Energy Residential Test Facility (NZERTF) is a unique laboratory at the National Institute of Standards (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Md. A net-zero energy home produces at least as much energy as it consumes over the course of a year.

Both a laboratory and a house, the two-story, four bedrooms, three-bath NZERTF would blend in nicely in a new suburban subdivision. It was designed and built to be approximately 60 percent more energy efficient than homes built to meet the requirements of the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code.

During the first year of operation (July 2013 – June 2014) the house exceeded its goal with enough surplus energy to power an electric car for about 1400 miles. Instead of paying almost $4,400 for electricity – the estimated annual bill for a comparable home in Maryland – the virtual family of four residing in the all-electric home actually exported energy to the electric grid. Additional details can be found by reading “NIST Test House Exceeds Goal; Ends Year with Energy to Spare”.

The following links describe the changes in operational strategy that were made to further improve the energy performance of the NZERTF, the enhanced measurement capabilities that were added to the facility, and a brief summary of tests that were conducted between July 1, 2014 and September 30, 2014 to measure the homes infiltration rate, to evaluate the impact of elevated indoor temperature on volatile organic (VOC) concentrations, and to quantify the performance of the three earth-coupled heat exchangers surrounding the NZERTF.


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Strategies to achieve net-zero status


This is actually available today.....



Maximizing Residential Energy
Savings: Net Zero Energy Home
Technology Pathways


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R. Anderson and D. Roberts


Any thoughts?




posted on Mar, 1 2015 @ 07:03 PM
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Any thoughts?


How much does the house cost?
Sorry, I didn't go to the link.



posted on Mar, 1 2015 @ 07:12 PM
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I would say that a 5B/3B/3000 sq/ft about 1.5 million but that is to start.

Consider an Apartment like this or the potential of literally every home in the United States providing energy?

Enough to run 1 car for 14,000 miles?



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posted on Mar, 1 2015 @ 07:22 PM
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It sounds good, except for the money thing.
Who pays for it?



posted on Mar, 1 2015 @ 07:30 PM
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Purchasing a Net Zero Home in Central Florida


If you’ve been thinking about “going green” with your next home purchase, consider a net zero energy home at Green Key Village in Lady Lake, Florida.

By purchasing a net zero home, you’re making a conscious effort to protect the environment (and your investment) through eco-friendly home features that all but eliminate the balance on your electric bill and keep your home safe and comfortable for you and your family.

In short, net zero homes:
Save money
Save energy
Add market value to your home


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Initially homes in communities but as time goes by, the profit in energy......

Any thoughts?



posted on Mar, 1 2015 @ 07:58 PM
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Big oil and increasingly big gas and the electric companies won't let it happen.



posted on Mar, 1 2015 @ 08:02 PM
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Actually Florida is not the only State of USA with the exact same program.

Check Kentucky and might I suggest you conduct a thorough "Search" in relation to the extent this is now viable in the U.S.A.

Any thoughts?



posted on Mar, 1 2015 @ 08:38 PM
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However, the number of new U.S. millionaires did fall after the market crash. At the end of 2011 there were just over 5.1 million millionaires in the United States -- 165,360 fewer than in 2007.



Under President Obama USA adds 1.1 million new Millionares

To be clear Kentucky and Florida are amongst the most conservative States in the Union (As in USA)


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posted on Mar, 2 2015 @ 06:26 PM
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Lets be clear here a person with good engineering skills and some money could do this her or his self.



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