InVision Zero Home proves energy efficiency is affordable
Dow Building Solutions has long heard the chorus of detractors: Developing an energy-efficient home these days comes at a high cost.
Working to disprove those theories and to promote sustainable living, the company teamed with Cobblestone Homes to construct what’s known as the InVision Zero Home. The project is about “envisioning” net-zero homes “in” neighborhoods across around the country.
That vision aims to show how building sustainable homes can be affordable and attainable for more homeowners.
The home Dow and Cobblestone built in Michigan is priced just below the average U.S. home cost. An optimal balance of energy efficient home building materials, the home uses about 70 percent less energy than a conventional home, and renewable energy technologies enable enough energy production to supply all the home’s energy needs.
Among the products and techniques incorporated into the InVision structure are solar shingles on the roof, STYROFOAM™ insulated boards on the exterior portions of walls and spray foam around seals and joints.
Companies: Dow Building Solutions
Gary Parsons Gary Parsons is the Lead Building Scientist in Dow Building Solutions Research and Development. He is a LEED Accredited Professional, a licensed residential contractor in the state of Michigan, a member of the Society of Plastics Engineers and a member of ASHRAE. www