KT Contracting Provides Net-Zero Green Building
LOGIX ICF (Insulated Concrete Forms) IS “NET-ZERO” GREEN READY!
With a superior R-value of up to R28 built into its DNA, LOGIX helps you create an airtight building envelope today for the quality of thermal performance that will be expected tomorrow.
If you’ve recently been doing research in preparation of building your new dream home, you’ve probably come across the term “net-zero home”. So what is a “net-zero” home, how do you build one, and does it make dollars and sense?
Today’s super-efficient LOGIX homes routinely cut energy bills in half and can
achieve HERS Scores of less than 40, which means they are outperforming the
existing building code by 60%.
Combined with cost-effective renewable energy generation LOGIX is the solution to building commercially viable net-zero homes in the future. LOGIX is tomorrow’s smarter technology, today.
Simply put, a net-zero home is a very energy
efficient home that also generates most of, or all, or
possibly more than, the amount of energy it consumes. In
many areas, any surplus energy generated by the home
that is not consumed is sold back to the grid for
Step one is to build a very energy efficient home. It is accepted wisdom that the shell of a net-zero home should be built to at least a HERS 60 standard or, in other words, at least 40% more energy efficient than prevailing building code. Given the proven and advanced building technologies on the market today, in 2010 this is quite easy to achieve.
One of the most straightforward ways to build a home that is 40% more energy efficient than building code is to construct the above and below grade walls with Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF’s).
ICF’s have been on the market for decades. Locally, Highway Specialties carries LOGIX, North America’s leading ICF system. Homeowners are invariably thrilled with how quiet, strong and energy efficient their new home is.
Homes built with ICF’s like LOGIX often cost about 8% to 10% more to build than a typical code-built home. But here’s the trick – your monthly energy savings will usually more than offset the added mortgage costs – so your HERS 60 home is actually costing you less from day one!