U.S. Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Home Implementation

Stacey Rothgeb, T. Schirber, G. Mosiman, E. VonThoma, Stacey Rothgeb (NREL Technical Monitor)

Research output: NRELSubcontract Report


The intention of this project is to assist home builders in the upper Midwest in achieving DOE Zero Energy Ready Home program certification, and to document the process and outcomes involved in meeting this rigorous standard. NorthernSTAR, in conjunction with our program partner Building Knowledge, Inc., provided technical support to the builders during the design and construction process. At the time of this publication, four qualifying homes have been completed and an additional three are currently under construction to be completed later this year. Three additional homes were excluded from certification due to the HVAC contractor not completing their required credentialing until after completion of the homes, though the energy performance would have otherwise qualified the homes for program certification. Both Amaris Homes and Cobblestone Homes note that participation in the ZERH program provides them with competitive advantage in the market place at reasonable construction costs that also result in extremely satisfied clients who are willing to recommend the builders to friends and family.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages106
StatePublished - 2017

Bibliographical note

Work performed by NorthernSTAR Building America Partnership, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/SR-5500-65314

Other Report Number

  • DOE/GO-102017-4802


  • energy efficient
  • high performance home
  • high performance HVAC
  • NorthernSTAR Building America
  • residential
  • Residential Buildings
  • zero energy
  • Zero Energy Ready home


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