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Is a Zero Energy Ready Home™ a “net zero” home?

Understanding the Difference Between Net Zero Homes vs. Zero Energy Ready Homes™

At Providence Homes, we're committed to constructing energy-efficient homes that offer a cleaner, healthier environment. Our focus lies in Zero Energy Ready Homes™—a cost-effective, high-performance package of energy savings, comfort, health, and durability unparalleled in today’s marketplace.

But you might be wondering, "What are net zero homes?" Let's explore the differences to gain a comprehensive understanding.

What is a Net Zero Home?

A net zero home generates enough energy from a renewable system to offset all of the home’s annual energy use.

To achieve net zero status, specific requirements must be met, with the most crucial being the utilization of renewable energy sources. This involves the installation of solar panels to provide a sustainable source of energy to power the home.

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Are All Net Zero Homes Energy Efficient?

While achieving net zero status is a commendable goal, a net zero home isn't necessarily an energy-efficient home.

Any existing home with a renewable energy system, like solar panels, can achieve net zero status. It only focuses on energy production versus consumption, lacking a guarantee of overall energy efficiency, health, comfort, or durability.

Benefits of Net Zero Homes

There are compelling reasons to pursue net zero status for your home:

  • Reduced Environmental Impact:
    Minimizing reliance on non-renewable energy sources decreases the environmental footprint of your home.

  • Zero Energy Bills:
    Homeowners benefit from zero energy bills, thanks to the energy generated on-site.

  • Energy Independence:
    Net zero homes offer a level of energy independence, reducing reliance on external sources, providing both peace of mind and insulation from external energy price fluctuations.

  • Increased Resale Value:
    Net zero homes typically have a higher resale value compared to standard homes.

Considerations for Net Zero Homes

Before transitioning your home to net zero, consider these factors:

  • High Upfront Costs:
    Initial costs for installing renewable energy systems can be substantial.

  • Challenges in Extreme Climates:
    Factors like geographic location and climate can impact the feasibility of consistent energy generation.

  • Not Necessarily Energy Efficient:
    Being net zero doesn’t guarantee overall energy efficiency, health, or comfort.

  • Complexity in Retrofitting:
    Retrofitting existing homes can be complex and costly. This applies to older homes but also new construction homes that weren’t initially designed with the consideration of adding renewable energy sources.

What is a Zero Energy Ready Home™?

Zero Energy Ready Homes™ (ZERH), as offered by Providence Homes, are designed to be highly energy efficient and ready for seamless integration with renewable energy sources.

These homes follow the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) guidelines, receiving certificates for meeting the highest standards set by the federal government.

A DOE Zero Energy Ready Home™ focuses on reducing energy consumption through advanced insulation, high-performance windows, and comprehensive air sealing. It includes high-efficiency HVAC systems, water heaters, ENERGY STAR® certified appliances, and LED lighting.

Benefits of Zero Energy Ready Homes™

While sharing benefits with net zero homes, like reduced environmental impact, Zero Energy Ready Homes™ offer extra advantages blending sustainability with optimal living conditions.

  • Lower Upfront Costs:
    Compared to Net Zero Homes, Zero Energy Ready Homes™ generally have lower initial costs for installing a renewable energy system.

  • Improved Efficiency and Performance:
    Zero Energy Ready Homes™ prioritize energy efficiency through advanced insulation, high-performance windows, and comprehensive air sealing – ensuring better overall performance.

  • Superior Construction Standards and Durability:
    The construction process requires meticulous attention to detail to meet the high standards set by DOE.

  • Positive Impact on Health:
    Improved indoor air quality and ventilation in Zero Energy Ready Homes™ can positively impact occupants' health and well-being.

  • Lower Energy Bills:
    Homeowners benefit from reduced energy bills due to the home's energy efficiency and performance, even prior to the installation of a renewable energy system.

Considerations for Zero Energy Ready Homes™

While Zero Energy Ready Homes™ boosts energy efficiency, there are some aspects new homeowners should know:

  • Limited Awareness:
    Some home buyers may not be fully aware of the benefits of Zero Energy Ready Homes™.

  • Not Fully Equipped Initially:
    Zero Energy Ready Homes™ do not come fully equipped with renewable energy sources initially. However, they do come with conduits and trusses to easily add solar panels.

  • Gradual Transition:
    While the homes are ready for zero energy integration, achieving full energy independence requires the additional investment of adding a renewable energy source.

Can a Zero Energy Ready Home™ Become Net Zero?

Yes, a DOE Zero Energy Ready Home™ is so energy-efficient that a small renewable energy system could offset most or all of the home’s annual energy use.

In fact, it's easier to achieve net zero status with a DOE Zero Energy Ready Home™ compared to a standard home. Zero Energy Ready Homes™ are designed and wired for future solar panels, making them even more affordable and allowing them to transition to a zero energy home when you are ready.

Hers Index 2022 2023

Our homes average a 52.04 HERS score based upon 170 closings in 2022-2023. The Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index is the industry standard used to measure a home’s energy efficiency.

The Key Difference Between Net Zero Homes vs. Zero Energy Ready Homes™

The key difference lies in their approach. Net zero homes focus solely on energy balance, while Zero Energy Ready Homes™ take a comprehensive approach, emphasizing efficiency, comfort, health, and durability.

Why Choose a Zero Energy Ready Home™?

Opting for a Zero Energy Ready Home™ ensures a balance between initial costs, competitive pricing, flexibility in energy sources, improved efficiency, and enhanced overall home performance.

The cost-effectiveness of Zero Energy Ready Homes™ makes them an attractive option for those looking to make environmentally conscious choices without compromising on affordability.

Enjoy the benefits of reduced energy bills, improved indoor air quality, and a home built to last. Learn more about the benefits of Zero Energy Ready Homes™.

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Why Choose Providence Homes?

With over 30 years of experience, Providence Homes stands as a trusted leader in building energy-efficient homes in the Jacksonville area.

When you choose Providence Homes, you're making a commitment to a home that exceeds industry standards. Our Zero Energy Ready Homes™ adhere to the federal government’s most rigorous guidelines, a distinction achieved by only a select group of the country's top builders.

Not only do all of our homes receive the prestigious Zero Energy Ready Homes™ designation, they also are all 100% ENERGY STAR® Certified homes and follow the EPA’s Indoor airPLUS® requirements.

Beyond energy efficiency, Providence Homes takes a holistic approach to home construction. We prioritize factors such as indoor air quality, comfort, and durability. Our homes are designed to provide a healthier and more comfortable living environment for you and your family.

This commitment makes energy-efficient homes more accessible to a broader range of homeowners.

Ready to Take the First Step?

Our experienced team will guide you through every step of choosing and building your perfect Zero Energy Ready Home™. We offer a variety of floor plans and customizable options to suit your needs and budget.

Contact Providence Homes today and let our experts help you build your dream Zero Energy Ready Home™! Learn more about the communities we build in and browse our available homes for sale today.

Available Homes for Sale

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277 Blue Hampton Drive
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277 Blue Hampton Drive
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$689,900
4 bedrooms
4
beds
3 bathrooms
3
baths
2119 square feet
2119
sqft
61 Blue Oak Court
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61 Blue Oak Court
Ponte Vedra, Fl
$719,900
4 bedrooms
4
beds
3.5 bathrooms
3.5
baths
2398 square feet
2398
sqft
65 Caiden Drive
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65 Caiden Drive
Ponte Vedra
$669,900
4 bedrooms
4
beds
3 bathrooms
3
baths
2087 square feet
2087
sqft
76 Blue Oak Court
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76 Blue Oak Court
Ponte Vedra, Fl
$664,900
4 bedrooms
4
beds
3 bathrooms
3
baths
2119 square feet
2119
sqft