Back in August, Utah took a big step forward for American energy efficiency with the construction of the first "Zero Home," a house that generates its own energy completely onsite and through renewable sources of power. Its development appears to be inspiring similar efforts across the country, as a Washington, D.C., home builder has also recently completed work on a net-zero residence in the Petworth neighborhood. Unlike the zero home in Utah, though, this project wasn't built from scratch but rather – more difficultly – was the product of a complete overhaul of a 90-year-old rowhouse.
The developer, Tanya Topolewksi, spoke with The Washington Post about the project, noting that four-bedroom and three-and-half-bathroom property is fueled entirely by newly installed solar panels on its roof. Thanks to this addition, Topolewski notes that the building's new tenant will no longer have to deal with electricity bills.
But not only is the remodeled rowhouse completely eco-friendly and self-reliant in how it generates and uses power, it's the first of its kind: A net-zero home built out of an older property, rather than from scratch.
"There are very few net-zero gut rehab projects," Courtney Baker, the residential operations manager of the U.S. Green Building Council, told the source. "It's a lot easier to build a new home to be more energy-efficient than to fill all the leaks in an old D.C. rowhouse."
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