Zero-Energy House with Vegetated Surfaces, Super Insulation, Alternative Energy

Plymouth, MN. Room Addition

The 1,630 square foot  2-bedroom, 2.5-bath home built with energy-efficient SIPs was completed in October 2009. Some of the features of the home include, green interior finishes made from recycled-content and locally crafted products. On the exterior there is a 1,000-square-foot vegetated green roof with a rainwater collection system. A roof-mounted PV system and a wind turbine. The north side of the house features a living wall and along the driveway there are mesh tubes filled with composted material to help control water runoff.

“When Washington builders Donna and Riley Shirey decided to build the Zero Energy Idea House in Bellevue, they were determined to create an educational “laboratory” that would demonstrate a wide range of green and sustainable possibilities. “It was our chance to show how to build a high-performance house and create a real teaching tool,” says Donna about their decision to build the home that would push the envelope beyond what Shirey Construction had attempted in its more than 25 years building energy-efficient SIPs dwellings.”

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Plymouth, MN. Room Addition

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