Achieving a ‘Net Zero’ Home with Building Science

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In an era of accelerating climate change, the buzzwords “Net Zero” and “Green Homes” have been echoing with increased frequency in the residential construction industry. Many homeowners and builders that we work alongside are concerned about energy efficiency and the impact of their carbon footprint. 

At RVI, we have been working towards energy-efficient insulation solutions for years! We are committed to helping our customers achieve their energy efficiency goals, especially with our Building Science expertise. 

What is a “Net Zero Home”?

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has coined the term “Zero Energy Ready Home”, which is another way to say “Net Zero Home.” According to the agency: 

“A DOE Zero Energy Ready Home is a high-performance home that is so energy efficient that a renewable energy system could offset most or all the home’s annual energy use. Each DOE Zero Energy Ready Home meets rigorous efficiency and performance criteria found in the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home National Program Requirements. Most types of new homes in the U.S. are eligible to participate in the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home program, and the homes are verified by a qualified third-party as part of the certification process.”

These homes employ advanced design principles and construction methods, where energy efficiency, renewable energy production, and superior building contribute to the net zero design equation. 

What Role Does Insulation Play in Net Zero Homes?

Insulation is one of the most important components of this type of home. The importance of a tightly sealed and well-insulated home can’t be overstated! RVI brings a perfect blend of materials, technique, and scientific expertise to minimize the energy consumption of your home and help achieve your net zero goals. 

At RVI, we understand the approach necessary for an effective insulation system. We know where to seal, where to insulate, and how to install the system — favorable strategies that contribute to a home’s overall performance. More importantly, our Building Science knowledge allows us to tailor an insulation solution specific to your home’s unique needs. We don’t follow a one-size-fits-all approach; instead, we curate an insulation plan that guarantees maximum efficiency for your home.

How Expensive is it to Build a Net Zero Home?

Contrary to popular belief, building a Net Zero Home does not have to involve outrageous costs. Sound insulation practices and knowledgeable implementation can achieve energy efficiency within a reasonable budget. 

Choosing the right insulation partner is undeniably crucial when tackling a Net Zero project. At RVI, we believe in creating energy-efficient spaces that cater not just to the needs of today but also to the environmental demands of tomorrow. Trust in the experts, trust RVI!

Since inception in 2000, RVI has been a leader in innovative Air Sealing and Insulating Systems. A family, faith, customer, and community-focused business, RVI is owned and operated by Sam and Ashly Hartmann (pictured above with their children) in their hometown of Rhinelander, WI.


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