Zero Energy Certified
A GHI Zero Energy Certified designation means a project was designed, built, and tested to be zero energy over a year.
GHI Zero Energy Capable is now Zero Energy Certified!
A Zero Energy Certified Home requires
Below are several projects that have achieved GHI zero energy certification.
What are the requirements?
Approved Modeling Tools
All Electric Exceptions
Project should be all electric with exceptions
Renovation projects in cold weather climate zones of 4 our higher may use dual fuel heatpump systems be certified
Comply with GHI All Electric Living Badge
Requires that all systems in the project are electric with no combustion, with some exceptions:
Does this cost anything?
This program is free for GHI members or GHI project teams certifying in the same project submission.
Non-Member costs $100 per submission for the first home and an additional $10 per unit for townhomes, developments, or multifamily housing.
Does the home need to show zero utility bills?
No. This is designed + built + tested and modeled to be zero energy and utility bills are not required. Homeowners or tenants can apply for our zero energy hero awards on a yearly basis if the utility bills are zero or negative.
What types of projects can certify?
Why does it have to be GreenStar Certified? Can I use another certification?
The goal is to ensure the project meets some basic green measures so that that it is healthy, durable, water efficient and utilizes sustainable materials.
Other certifications do meet these goals and include but are not limited to;
Learn more about each program on our on Demand CE Webinar Making Sense of Green Home Certifications 101
Is there training to help me to do this?
We have many on-demand courses and live tours that cover zero energy
Go here to access them and watch at no charge
Heatspring – Leaders in High-Performance Building: Zero Fossil Fuels & Zero Net Energy
EEBA has a great all day hands-on program that may be coming to a town near you. Learn more
Do I have to count heavy energy using systems?
Your model will need to account for things like
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