31 Aug '11, 10pm

Now you have my interest: Meritage unveils first production builder Net-Zero home

Now you have my interest: Meritage unveils first production builder Net-Zero home

Meritage Homes sold this 3,391-square-foot net-zero model in Arizona for $322,140. With a 5.6-kW PV system and a highly insulated building envelope, the home will generate as much electricity as it uses. Credit: Meritage Homes Meritage Homes, the nation’s 10th largest builder operating in Western and Southern markets from Florida to California, unveiled what the company says is the first production net-zero home in the country. The 3,391-square-foot home built in Meritage’s Verrado community in Buckeye, Ariz., is framed with staggered 2x6 stud walls, insulated with Demilec spray foam, and includes double-glazed low-E windows, 14-SEER air conditioning equipment, programmable thermostats and controls, Energy Star appliances, and LED and CFL lighting. These features comprise Meritage’s standard energy package used in all its homes. The 5.6-kW PV system installed on this model...

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