Zero Energy Certification Awarded to the Lincoln Net Positive Farmhouse

The International Living Future Institute (ILFI) awarded Zero Energy Certification to the Lincoln Net Positive Energy Farmhouse. The certification recognizes actual measured energy performance over a period of 12 or more months and includes third-party review and verification of both the energy measures implemented and the data reported.

The Lincoln Net Positive Farmhouse, a collaboration between the contractor, Thoughtforms, and the architect, ZeroEnergy Design, demonstrates that families who desire a green home do not need to compromise on style, space or comfort.  With more than two years of measured occupancy to date, the home unquestionably provides exceptional energy performance, consuming 70 percent less energy than a code-built house, with measured energy data proving it produces 67 percent more energy annually than it consumes, making it a "net positive' home." Thick walls and roofs lack thermal bridging, the continuous air barrier yields minimal leakage, while high performance, triple-glazed windows round out the super-insulated building envelope.

In addition to Zero Energy Certification, the Lincoln Net Positive Farmhouse recently received a Reveal label from the ILFI, which publically displays or 'reveals' the building's energy profile. The combination of verifying and sharing the building performance exemplifies today's best practices.

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"This home shows what can be accomplished when the team is established early in the process – a beautiful, healthy and incredibly efficient custom home with no cost or schedule penalties. Having the architect, engineer and builder working closely together toward the same objective set the stage for success", said Mark Doughty, President of Thoughtforms.

The ILFI, which granted the Zero Energy Certification, is a non-governmental organization (NGO) that is committed to transforming communities that are socially just, culturally and ecologically restorative. ILFI also operates the Living Building Challenge, the built environment's most rigorous performance standard, the Living Product Challenge, the Living Community Challenge and Declare, an ingredients label for building materials.

"Third party confirmation of performance by the International Living Future Institute is well aligned with our goal of validating and sharing energy performance data with the general public and AEC professionals. The Lincoln Farmhouse is a successful example of a traditional aesthetic paired seamlessly with high-performance design, details and execution," said Stephanie Horowitz AIA, Managing Director of ZeroEnergy Design.

As an exceptional green home, the Farmhouse is also LEED Platinum certified by the US Green Building Council, received two PRISM Awards for Best Net Zero Home and Best Energy Efficient Project, was a Greenbuild 2017 tour site, and was awarded the Best Energy-Smart Home 2017 by Fine Homebuilding magazine.

Topics: Building Green, Certification / LEED, Energy Recovery & Heat Recovery, Energy Star, Foundations, Heating & Cooling, Home Design & Plans, Indoor Air Quality, Insulation, Interior Design, Passive House, Photovoltaic / Solar Panels, Solar Power, Sustainable Communities, Thermal Envelope, Ventilation, Water Saving Devices, WaterSense, Windows

Companies: U.S. Green Building Council

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