9 Reasons Why Living Zero Energy is Right for Everyone

April 13, 2021 | Staff | Community | Advice | Residents

9 Reasons Why Living Zero Energy is Right for Everyone

According to a Pew Research study, 82 percent of Americans are concerned about climate change. With sustainable awareness on the rise, now more than ever people are looking at living green. And rightly so. Buildings alone are responsible for 40 percent of the total energy used in the United States, making zero-energy construction an important component in combatting climate change.    

So, what exactly is zero-energy construction? Buildings constructed to meet zero-energy standards combine advanced building design with energy efficiency to produce as much energy as they consume over the course of a year. Keep reading to learn more about the many benefits of living in a zero-energy home.

  1. Healthy: Many zero-energy homes are equipped with energy efficient fresh air systems and innovative heat recovery systems (HRV). HRVs create a continuous supply of fresh, filtered air that is circulated through homes, reducing dust, pollen, and other allergens resulting in a much higher air quality overall.
  2. Sustainable: Thanks to a combination of design, building techniques, and technologies, zero-energy homes help fight climate change through net-zero carbon emissions. Check out one of the case studies of a zero-energy home and more about their sustainable footprint.
  3. Durable: Zero-energy homes last longer and require less upkeep due to durable building techniques and materials.
  4. Cost-effective: Because zero-energy homes produce all the energy needed on-site through solar panels, energy bills level off over time, minimizing year-over-year increases.
  5. Comfortable: Zero-energy homes have highly efficient heating and cooling systems that can be adjusted to comfortability year-round.
  6. Quiet: Zero-energy homes are built to be airtight with insulated walls and triple-pane windows resulting in a noise-free environment.
  7. Low maintenance: Airtight construction and building materials like water-resistant steel combine to make zero-energy homes low maintenance and easy to keep clean, as they are not affected by moisture and mold.
  8. Easy cooking: Many zero energy homes use energy-efficient appliances and induction cooking, so you can cook meals faster and with more precise temperature control.
  9. Impact: Living in a zero-energy home means feeling good about making eco-friendly lifestyle changes that promote sustainability. For older adults who choose to live in zero-energy homes, it is a contribution to the world they will leave for generations to come.

Rose Villa is proud to offer two independent living neighborhoods that are built to Passive House, zero-energy standards. If you are interested in learning more, please reach out to us.