Partnering with Garbett Homes, Vivint claims the very first climate 5 “net zero” smart home. Located in Herriman, Utah, the Zero Home achieved a HERS rating of 0. The lower the ranking the better, and prior to the zero home, no one had received a rating of 0. So is the Zero Home a one-time miracle, or will we be seeing more of them in the future?
Garbett’s marketing explained that the home cost $150 per square foot to build, which is about the same as any other traditional home. The construction techniques of the Zero Home reveal it as something that could be replicated on a mass basis.
There’s a lot of talk about America’s dependence of fossil fuels. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the United States consumes nearly 19% of the world’s energy. With energy sources depleting this is likely not a sustainable trend. Change needs to happen and innovations involved in the Zero Home could play a big role.