Each year, the U.S. Department of Energy recognizes organizations that are on the path to creating zero energy ready homes. This effort not only helps preserve environmental resources, it also reduces energy costs for homeowners. We are excited to announce that the Julia plan, built by our partner Catawba Valley Habitat, recently received a Department of Energy 2016 Housing Innovation Award in the “Affordable” category!

The “Julia” is a one-story design of about 1,340 SF, including four-bedrooms, two-bathrooms and an open living and dining area. Catawba Valley Habitat invested in high efficiency appliances, and advanced technology for energy and water savings. The use of engineered wood siding and 30-year architectural shingles help increase the durability and longevity of the exterior. Heating and cooling costs are reduced with the implementation of R-15 insulation in the walls as well as rigid foam insulation on the exterior. The owner states that their utility bill is less than $100 each month!

This is just one house in a 22-lot mixed-income community that Catawba Valley Habitat is building in Hickory, North Carolina. We look forward to continuing our partnership with them and creating more homes as energy-efficient as this Julia!

For more information, visit DOE Tour of Zero: The Julia Plan.

For other awarded projects, visit the Housing Innovation Awards homepage.