Production NZE Home Unveiled in Denver

New Town Builders, the company that uses beetle-killed pine for their framing, opened this net-zero energy home with an announcement yesterday.  The company is the first in the area to offer a zero-energy package as a regular, additional option.  In other words, if a buyer wants it, the buyer can get a home that generates as much energy as it uses over the course of a year for the right price — in this case, $26,900.

This home, located at 8146 E. 35th Ave. in Denver, achieved a zero HERS score with solar panels, super insulation, and a proprietary double-stud wall.  As you can see, the wall has a half-inch gap and 24 inches between the studs to reduce thermal bridging. External walls have a thin layer of spray foam and the rest of the cavity is filled with blown-in cellulose.

During construction, New Town Builders checked the ducts for tightness to ensure that air reaches its destination with 7% or less loss.  Also, the home has a high efficiency HVAC system, energy efficient windows, Energy Star appliances, 100% CFL and LED lighting, a tankless water heater, and a continuous whole house energy recovery exhaust fan.

The model home is priced at $424,000, which includes a 9.9 kW solar array.  Green elements add about $100 to the mortgage cost, says New Town Builders, but the extra cost is eaten up by $200 in net savings per month due to having having no energy bill.

[+] More about this net-zero energy home in Stapleton.

Credits: New Town Builders.

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  • Ceiling Systems

    I’ve got to be honest, that’s a lovely looking house to begin with but all those green energy extras has really ticked all of my boxes. I’d love to live in this house!

    • Cores

      If we ignore that extras. Than it looks nice.

    • McDonald Ceilings

      I can only dream of owning a bill free house

  • Shane

    What’s proprietary about double studded walls? It’s been done for years.

    • Preston

      Yeah, I’m not so sure what aspect of the double-stud build could be considered proprietary. Will follow up on this point.

      • Garret

        Could it be the 24 inch offset in the studs?  I’m not sure what real advantage that would have as in the double-stud wall, the walls are set apart so as to eliminate the thermal bridge.  

        Maybe the style of flash-and-batt?  Who knows, sounds like a “selling point” instead of true building science innovation, but please correct me if I’m wrong!

        • Garret

          Sorry all, I read the article more closely.  It is flash-and-batt.  The 24″ offset is actually a decent idea because they are eliminating the thermal bridge in a flash-and-batt that can reduce whole-wall performance as much as r-10.  So excuse my initial uninformed response.

          This wall could be a nearly true R28-30 wall depending on thickness.  2-in CCSPF and then 4 in cellulose (or more).  

  • Maria Victoria Serrano

    It sounds like a greeat solution for my country’s government housing program and energy saving projects.   would you be willing to engage in government projects?

  • Nicolette Toussaint

    I wish that THIS were the dream house that was being raffled off for the Boys and Girls clubs in Denver. I have been asked to write about that on my blog – – but the house is such a monster, I’m a bit reluctant to do so.

  • ceilingcontractor

    Fantastic house, but I’m not sure I like the colour

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