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  Green Features  
 

In addition to combining solar power generation with major strides in energy efficiency, the Zero Energy Idea House will incorporate a wide range of products and systems related to the various areas of green building, including:

 
 

Energy Efficiency Features

 
 
  • SIPs (structural insulated panels) construction
  • Photovoltaic solar panels
  • Solar hot water
  • High-efficiency hydronic heating
  • Energy-efficient windows
  • ENERGY STAR® light fixtures
  • ENERGY STAR® appliances
  • Real-time monitoring of energy use
 
 

Water Conservation Features

 
 
  • Dual flush toilets
  • Low-flow showerheads and faucets
  • Rainwater collection system
 
 

Sustainably Produced and Durable Materials

 
 
  • FSC certified wood products
  • Recycled-content tile
  • Salvaged wood flooring
  • 50-year siding
  • 40-year metal roof
  • Locally manufactured materials when possible
 
 

Healthy Indoor Environmental Features

 
 
  • Low VOC paint
  • Nontoxic finishes on flooring and cabinetry
  • Formaldehyde-free insulation
  • Formaldehyde-free cabinets
  • No carpet
  • Efficient ventilation
 
 

Low Impact Site Development and Natural Landscaping

 
 
  • Use of compost for erosion control
  • Vegetated “green” roof to reduce stormwater runoff
  • Planted “living wall” as a retention wall
  • Drought tolerant plant selections
 
 

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