Construction has completed on a home that is unlike any other in Utah, or in the United States for that matter. This net-zero “smart home” located in Herriman, Utah, uses solar power to generate as much energy as it consumes. This is quite an advantage in a neighborhood where the average utility bill is about $300 per month.
“It’s incredibly exciting to see the Utah building community join as a leader in green home-building,” says Sam Rashkin, Chief Architect of the Building Technologies Office at the U.S. Department of Energy. “The collaboration between Vivint and Garbett, which allows the consumer to purchase a truly environmentally friendly home, is a huge milestone—both for Utah and the country.”
Vivint has equipped the home with its automation and energy management system that incorporates the latest technology from the company’s Innovation Center, including Vivint Wireless Internet and a new touchscreen panel that features energy analytics. Additional home automation features include: automated door locks, a smart-thermostat, small appliance and lighting control, video surveillance and an enhanced security system featuring “Vivint Live,” which provides two-way communication with emergency dispatch professionals in times of distress.
The Zero Home also qualifies for DOE Challenge Home designation, which recognizes home builders for their leadership constructing zero-energy ready homes that are both energy efficient and include high-end finishes, improved indoor air quality, and greater durability. By meeting the program criteria, DOE Challenge Homes are at least 40–50% more energy efficient than a typical new home.
“This home is the perfect intersection of innovative and attainable technology,” said Todd Pedersen, CEO of Vivint. “It embodies Vivint’s mission to bring simple, affordable home technology and solar power to the masses, empowering them to live smarter while combating rising energy costs. We have been incredibly successful in reaching these objectives through our relationship with the Department of Energy and partnership with Garbett Homes.”
Home buyers can purchase a net zero home beginning at $350,000. The Zero Home is a single-family home that will feature five bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms and a four-car garage, including a charging station for an electric vehicle.