Implementing a Zero Energy Ready Home Multifamily Project

Charles Booten, David Springer, Alea German, Stacey Rothgeb (NREL Technical Monitor)

Research output: NRELSubcontract Report


Building cost effective, high performance homes that provide superior comfort, health, and durability is the goal of the Department of Energy's (DOE's) Zero Energy Ready Homes (ZERH) program. Through Building America research and other innovative programs throughout the country, many of the technical challenges to building to the ZERH standard have been addressed. Cost effectiveness of measure requirements, code compliance requirements, incentives, and competitive market advantages of ZERH certification, and to help them navigate through this process. An objective of this project was to gain a highly visible foothold for residential buildings built to the DOE ZERH specification that can be used to encourage participation by other California builders. This report briefly describes two single family homes that were ZERH-certified, and focuses on the experience of working with developer Mutual Housing on a 62 unit multi-family community at the Spring Lake subdivision in Woodland, CA. The Spring Lake project is expected to be the first ZERH certified multi-family project nationwide. This report discusses challenges encountered, lessons learned, and how obstacles were overcome.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages37
StatePublished - 2015

Bibliographical note

Work performed by Alliance for Residential Building Innovation, Davis, California

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/SR-5500-64349

Other Report Number

  • DOE/GO-102015-4689


  • arbi
  • Building America
  • California
  • EE
  • EE
  • energy efficiency
  • LEED
  • multi-family
  • residential
  • residential buildings
  • ZERH
  • zero net energy


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