As we move towards a more energy-efficient approach to building, it is important to understand the difference between a Net Zero Home and a Net Zero Ready Home.
What is a Net Zero Home?
Net Zero Homes are built to produce as much energy as they consume, making them 80% more energy efficient than the traditional home. Why does this matter? Extra insulation, high-quality windows, and exceptional airtightness reduces heating and cooling needs, allowing for lower utility costs. Utilizing solar panels to generate electricity offsets the remaining energy needed, and appliances, lighting, and mechanical systems are as energy efficient as possible.
Not only does this present a better option for the environment by reducing the carbon footprint, but it also saves the homeowner hundreds of dollars a year.
Net Zero Ready Homes
Net Zero Ready Homes are built the same as a Net Zero Home, but without the solar panels to generate electricity. Consider Net Zero Ready Homes as a rough-in for Net Zero Home capabilities. All energy-efficient systems are in place to provide for a better, more energy-efficient future, when the homeowner is ready to take the next step.
Why choose a Net Zero Ready Home when Net Zero is an option? Solar panels are an investment, and it could be that the homeowner isn’t ready to take that step just yet.
Whichever option is chosen paves the way for an environmentally conscience and energy-efficient form of living.
Watch the video below provided by the Canadian Home Builder’ Association (CHBA).