There are house tours and touring houses. The Living Zero Home, an energy-efficient modular dwelling built by All American Homes, is among the latter.
All American says the aim of the tour, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, is to show consumers practical ways to reduce home energy costs through day-to-day behavior and the use of products and construction techniques that can make a home’s operation more efficient.
Key features of the Living Zero Home, which was manufactured in All American’s Decatur, Illinois, plant, include Icynene foam insulation; a PV system; low-flow plumbing; Energy Star appliances and Energy Star fixtures with CFL or LED lights; tankless water heaters; bamboo floors; high-performance fiberglass windows; fiber cement siding; a passive-daylighting design; and All American’s Smart Living System, which the company touts as a whole-house energy management and home monitoring system.
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