Collaborative Brings Affordable Green Home to Deanwood

Collaborative Brings Affordable Green Home to Deanwood

Washington, DC – December 21, 2012 – (RealEstateRama) — The Washington Post reports, a typical household in Deanwood, Washington D.C. spends around $2,000 annually on utility bills. Empowerhouse homeowners are projected to spend $390, mainly on water costs.

Empowerhouse is a net-zero home, which means it will produce as much energy as it will use. Back in 2008, Laura Briggs, the faculty lead on the project, approached Joel Towers, who had just become dean of Parsons, about entering the school in the Solar Decathlon. The Solar Decathlon competition, run by the Energy Department since 2002, invites 20 universities from around the world to design, construct and operate energy-efficient, solar-powered homes. The homes are judged on 10 criteria, hence the name.


The U.S. DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) provides information on energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy  works to strengthen the United States' energy security, environmental quality, and economic vitality in public-private partnerships. It supports this goal through: Enhancing energy efficiency and productivity, Bringing clean, reliable and affordable energy technologies to the marketplace, and Making a difference in the everyday lives of Americans by enhancing their energy choices and their quality of life.


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Phone: 1-877-EERE-INF (1-877-337-3463)

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