Dow Opens Vision Zero Home For Public Viewing 10-06-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Dow Opens Vision Zero Home For Public Viewing 10-06-2010

Michigan's first affordable net-zero energy home is open to the public during the Fall Parade of Homes.
The Dow Chemical and CobbleStone Homes collaboration at 3118 Summerhill St. in Bay City will be open Wednesday and from 5 to 8 p.m., and again on Saturday and Sunday.
Officials said visitors will learn about energy-efficient building practices and see first-hand, high-performance building materials and innovative technologies, like the Dow Powerhouse Solar Shingle.
The shingles are also featured on two other homes within the subdivision.
"The interest in the Vision Zero home has far exceeded our expectations and is proof that consumers are hungry for knowledge about how to build better, healthier and more efficient homes for their families," said Mark Wahl, co-owner of Cobblestone Homes.
Dow collaborated with Cobblestone Homes to build the 3-bedroom Vision Zero home and to educate consumers about the attainability of net-zero energy homes.
Officials said the Vision Zero home will be used as an educational center for builders and consumers for one year.
Net-zero energy homes typically use about 60-70 percent less energy than a conventional home, with the balance of its energy needs supplied by renewable technologies. The Bay City home is expected to save $3,507 in energy costs and avert 44,855 pounds of CO2 annually.
The house also uses geothermal heat pumps to heat and cool the home, solar water heating systems to provide hot water, as well as LED light bulbs and ultra-high efficiency appliances throughout the house.
For more information on the Vision Zero home, visit www.visionzerohome.com.
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