Posted on December 20, 2016 by Hannah McKenzie.
Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley was recognized in September by the U.S. Department of Energy with the 2016 Housing Innovation Award which showcases homes that are the very best in innovation on the path to being zero energy ready.
This winning 1,340 square foot one-story home includes four bedrooms and two baths. Construction details include high performance insulation, high-efficiency HVAC, high-efficiency appliances, advanced lighting, and technology for energy and water savings. The homeowner sums it up best:
The thing that amazes me the most about this house is the fact that we have so much more space, but we pay a fraction of the cost in utilities. Before we moved, we were living in an 800-square-foot residence and often paying over $200-$225 for utilities. Here, we have more space (over 1,300 square feet), but our utility bill is less than $100.
To see photographs, the floor plan, and construction and energy details about the home, visit: http://energy.gov/eere/buildings/doe-tour-zero-julia-plan-habitat-humanity-catawba-valley
Or to learn more about the award and take a virtual tour of the other winning homes, visit: http://energy.gov/eere/buildings/housing-innovation-awards