In its exploration of what is new in the world of energy savings and green, efficient energy supply, IDT Energy wants you to know about modular green homes.
The Living Zero Home was constructed for the Department of Energy to be a showcase for the country to introduce people to the concept of building modular homes.
Making 17 stops around the United States, including at NASCAR races, the “Living Zero Home Tour” will be travelling from now until late fall, 2009. On this tour you will see incorporated into the structure of the home:
• Icynene (R) foam insulation designed to reduce cooling and heating bills up to 50%.
• Solar panels to produce electricity.
• Low flow plumbing fixtures which reduce the use of water and also saves energy needed to heat the water- if there’s less water to heat, you need less heat and therefore less energy to produce the heat.
• Compact fluorescent or LED lights with the ENERGY STAR.
• ENERGY STAR-rated appliances.
• Water heaters that do not use tanks.
• Bamboo flooring.
• Day lighting systems of zero energy use.
• Fiber cement siding.
Included in this modular model house will be the “Smart Living System™.” More about what that is in a future post.