Building a home with a purpose
Through collaborative research with production homebuilders, their trade contractors, and product and material manufacturers, we believe we can identify the design, construction and financial approaches needed to drive down construction costs and make zero energy homes part of mainstream America.
In March of 2010, IBACOS and S&A Homes put that theory to the test, breaking ground on the Alliance's Energy Efficiency Lab Home in Cobblestone Estates, a community in the northern suburbs of Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh project will explore approaches for pursuing zero energy in the cold climate zone, which equates, roughly, to the northern half of the U.S.
Construction was completed in October of 2010, but the entire research life of the house will span six years. More than 40 project partners are collaborating to evaluate the Lab Home and its energy-saving systems against three criteria:
In addition to serving as a research tool, the Lab Home will serve as an educational venue, and a valuable source of information about what we need to do to reach the Alliance's goal of making zero energy homes an affordable option.
Those are the basics, but there's a lot more to know. Click on the image above to see how we're looking at the whole house as a system. Use the navigation on the left to learn more about our project partners and delve further into the details of our research. And, watch the What's New section for upcoming events, press releases and research results.
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