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Groundbreaking set for Cape’s first ‘Net Zero’ home

By Staff | Jul 21, 2011

A groundbreaking is set for Cape Coral’s first “Net Zero” house next week, a unique design that promises no energy bill, ever.

Cape-based Ravenwood Homes is planning on building the energy efficient home, which will rely on what Reed Schweizer calls “design tricks” to help the home function.

Schweizer said the home will use a solar powered water heater, solar arrays on the roof, energy efficient windows and heavier insulation will help to make the home both special and green.

“This is going to allow the home to be extremely efficient in and of itself,” Schwiezer said.

There have been “Net Zero retrofits,” Schweizer said, and Ravenwood is planning on offering to retrofit homes in that fashion.

“Net Zero” homes have been built in other parts of the state, but as far as Schweizer knows, this will be the first of its kind locally.

“This is going to be the first of its kind in Southwest Florida and Cape Coral,” Schweizer said. “We haven’t heard of anything else. It’s the first of its kind.”

The groundbreaking is set for Thursday, July 28, at 9:30 a.m., at 2732 Gleason Parkway.

The most surprising aspect of the home is its affordability, Schweizer said, as pricing is not that different from other new construction.

“We’re in the same price range as regular energy hog homes,” Schweizer added. “The pricing is the same or less as other builders in town.”

For more information about the “Net Zero” home, or to learn more about Ravenwood Homes, visit the company website at buildcapecoral.com or call 458-7465.