Net Zero Water and Energy Residence
This exciting project involves the development of a custom-designed net zero water and energy residential property, located on a pristine green field site in Ligonier Township, Westmoreland County Pennsylvania. To the maximum extent possible, the design will include sustainable site and building design practices, with the intention of creating a model for Net Zero Energy and Net Zero Water, in residential construction.
The home will be designed using Passive House technology – a rigorous, voluntary standard for energy efficiency. It will be heated by geothermal energy and receive electrical power from solar photovoltaic cells, located on the roof. The roof will also be designed to provide rainwater harvesting, treated to potable water standards. Sewage from the home will be treated using an innovative constructed wetland system, with drip irrigation used to water the native landscape. Stormwater runoff will likewise be utilized onsite, integrated into the natural landscape in the form of rain gardens, porous pavers, a green roof carport and similar green infrastructure measures. These facilities will be designed to promote water quality and groundwater recharge, while providing a natural landscaping aesthetic to the homeowners. Anticipated Construction in Fall 2015.