Pulte Unveils ZNE Prototype Home Tomorrow

Builders call it an “invisible house,” due to its ability to erase its carbon footprint. But that doesn’t mean they’re not excited for everybody to see it.

National homebuilder Pulte Homes has completed construction on its zero net energy (ZNE) home prototype in Northern California, and it’s unveiling the final product at 10 a.m. PST tomorrow. It’s an exciting project that has endured months of rising anticipation, and now everybody will be able to experience what all the fuss is about.

The unveiling will be the only time Pulte plans to showcase, in real time, all the energy consumption monitoring and features that make the prototype the ZNE home of the future.

The final product.
The final product.

Those in attendance will be able to witness the next generation solar panels from SolarCity, the Lennox HVAC system and Whirlpool energy efficient appliances.

Partnering with Pacific Gas & Electric’s (PG&E) demonstration program, which supports California’s energy goals of all new residential constructions being ZNE by 2020, Pulte aims to be the leader in achieving these aspirations.

“Participating in this program allows Pulte to test the technologies that can reduce overall energy use, while also determining the construction practices needed to deliver these homes with superior quality, at high volumes and in a cost efficient manner,” says Ryan Marshall, president of PulteGroup in a press release. “Making our homes more energy efficient helps to shrink their carbon footprint and makes them less expensive to own and operate.”

The prototype will be monitored for a year after it is sold, allowing Pulte to discover even more information to build better ZNE projects in the future.