We have been in our Net Zero home for a year now, and have learned a lot, both through the experience of designing the house and the time living in the house.
Our data tracking started on the 30th of September, 2016, so we have a month to go before we have a full year of data. I'll be posting another blog when the final numbers are in.
We also have the approval of much of the local wildlife;) We have had various visitors, and I have to say, I think the rabbits are the happiest and most well fed!
One of the really interesting things in our neighborhood is the number of black and albino squirrels. And they both love exploring all the nooks and crannies in our stack of boulders.
We have seen deer and turkey as well.
We also have completed a number of certifications, including GreenStar Gold and LEED Platinum!
Our Living Building Challenge is still in process. The last piece of that particular certification is a year's worth of data tracking. That will be complete in a month. So far, we are well ahead of our goal so I am very confident we will reach that.
More about what the LEED certification is can be found here.
Additional information about the GreenStar certification can be found here. Our home along with details and the GreenStar and LEED checklists can be found on their site here.
While we strived to reach LEED Platinum, we originally expected to reach LEED Gold. A lot of work was done by our team, and we were thrilled to get the news this summer that we had indeed reached Platinum :)
Our solar array continues to work flawlessly since the final fix last spring. We also have done some preparation work to get ready for three Tesla Powerwalls! If you ready some of our early posts, you may remember we wanted to have one or more in place last winter.
It looks as if we are getting those within a couple of months (we have a signed agreement with an installer).
This was long awaited, but will be worth it once we have them in place.
ProudGreenHome did a piece on our house and posted a video produced by Geocomfort (makers of our geothermal heat pumps). Click here to see it.
Greenhome institute also made a live video earlier this summer.
Each video includes many members of the team, including our architect, builder, HVAC wizard, interior designers, landscape designer and a representative from our solar installers.
Part 1 can be seen at https://youtu.be/NjSwoB8f8Ok
Part 2 is at https://youtu.be/94YlOp_SXZE
The tour is done! It was a ton of fun, and we talked with a whole bunch of people.
I want to thank everyone that took the time to visit on that day, and especially those that asked questions! I can't tell you how much I enjoyed sharing what we have, and continue, to learn.
I also wanted to share some of the phenomenal work LiLu Interiors did for us in selecting a variety of items, designing the spaces, and organizing the delivery and installation of the products.
The research is was only a small piece of what they did, but incredibly detailed and done in depth. I NEVER could have done this on my own, so many thanks to them!
This last week has been very hectic, and yet extremely serene at the same time.
Lots more woodwork lately, as well as a lot of coordination between all sorts of subcontractors.
We are entering the final home stretch!!
This week I am showing a number of comparisons between last week and this in our game room.
Last week, the drywall was all in place, this week, it is all mudded. No more blue ceiling!
Don't worry though, we have some other fun colors coming after we get the cabinets in place...
Mark really doesn't like to talk about himself, the house is much more interesting.