As the demand for more sustainable building options increases, green construction has become increasingly profitable and desirable within the construction market. Ashland‘s Verde Village has been named “Oregon’s First Zero-Energy Ready Neighborhood.” So what does it mean to be Zero-Energy Ready?
There are many ways a home or building could be defined as being zero-energy or zero-energy ready. The Zero Energy Buildings Oregon coalition sets a minimum performance threshold for what we accept as supporting the coalition’s objective to significantly lower Oregon’s greenhouse gas emissions. This minimum threshold definition is: “A home or building in which energy efficiency is maximized, the capacity to meet the building’s energy needs with renewable energy sources has been enabled, and site and community based renewables are prioritized.” This fairly broad definition allows a variety of zero-energy and zero-energy ready program certification standards to co-exist.
When related to Verde Village, “Zero-Energy Ready” means that each home is not only built to Earth Advantage Platinum standards, which is the highest nomination of certification received by Earth Advantage, but it is completely set up and pre-installed to be fitted with solar panels. After the home is built, the energy consumption of the house is calculated and the amount of solar panels needed are determined. The buyer is then left to purchase the solar panels – which are much cheaper than they once were and now only sell for $13,000-$15,000 – and the buyer cashes in on the tax write off for the purchase of the solar panels.CLICK HERE TO VISIT VERDE VILLAGE WEBSITE