Utah homebuilder debuts energy-efficient 'Zero Home'

Published: Thursday, Aug. 1 2013 6:21 p.m. MDT

Solar panels are visible on the roof as Vivint and Garbett Homes introduce the first Net Zero Energy Production home in Utah, in Herriman, Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013.

Ravell Call, Deseret News

HERRIMAN — Tech firm Vivint and Utah homebuilder Garbett Homes have developed a house design that generates more energy than it uses.

The "Zero Home" uses solar power, building science and computer automation to create a dwelling that is completely energy-efficient, according to a press release.

Energy testing on the first such home in Utah showed that the house generates slightly more energy that it consumes during normal living conditions.

The prototype five-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom house at 5047 W. Ambermont Drive uses recycleable building materials and is expected to sell in the $350,000 to $400,000 range. It's monitored by a computer system that analyzes energy usage in real time.

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