Net zero home construction in Fairmont, IL, with solar carport pergola.

Net Zero House with Solar Pergola

Fairmount, IL

New Prairie Construction Co. partnered with Tom-Bassett-Dilley Architects out of Oak Park, Illinois, and the homeowner to design this net zero home featuring a tractor yellow, solar carport pergola. “Net Zero” describes a building that produces more energy than it uses. This is typically achieved by creating a tight building envelope through careful air sealing and insulating techniques, installing an energy recovery ventilation system to ensure healthy indoor air quality, and using energy efficient, electric HVAC systems and appliances. Solar panels are then used to offset the relatively low electrical use of the home.

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