eCasa Affordable Net Zero Prototype

Washington DC

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At IBC, we see great design as an imperative for all people to lead productive lives in functioning communities. We reject the principle that consuming fewer resources should cost more money, and collaborate with our partners to find creative ways to overcome first costs and accrue greater value to the project. This prototype development flips the flawed notion that affordability and sustainability are mutually exclusive. The team will apply innovative design elements and creative financing mechanisms to reprogram traditional subsidy programs into sources of sustainable investment, creating a home that is affordable to purchase and operate. Designed to meet the Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Homes program parameters, these 12 row-house style homes will contain many sustainable features, including:

• Super-tight building envelope (PassiveHouse)
• Passive design elements to maximize daylight, solar heat, and natural ventilation
• Right-sized, zoned HVAC system with ventilation decoupled from space conditioning
• Energy recovery ventilation
• Low Impact Development strategies to harvest rainwater and reduce stormwater runoff
• High-efficiency lighting and appliances
• Rooftop solar panels to offset remaining energy demand and generate revenue for owners
• Homes will be available for purchase to families making 50, 80, and 120% of Area Median Income

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