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The Self Sufficient Zero House

November 15th, 2007 · 1 Comment


The Zero House designed by Scott Specht and measuring 650 square feet is one environmentally friendly prefabricated home. Electricity is created from the solar panels on the roof that can run for a week when fully charged without any sunlight. Water comes from rain that’s collected on the roof which drains to a 2,700 gallon cistern. All of the trash and waste goes to the foundation where it is turned into compost that could be used for gardening. The foundation only touches the ground on four points so it will have minimal impact on the environment where ever it sits. On top of that, the floorplan has been designed to absorb plenty of natural lighting, the walls have been insulated for energy efficiency with an R-Value of 58, and the windows are triple glazed.

The Zero House can be installed in places that are unsuitable for current construction standards. It can be installed on a slope up to 35 degrees and in water up to 10 feet. It can also withstand winds up to 140 mph. Current estimates for production say that this home can be built for around $350,000.

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Tags: Green Homes

1 response so far ↓

  • 1 franien swanepoel // Sep 30, 2008 at 7:30 am

    I’m really interested in buying a zero house. Do you export to Switzerland and Liechtenstein?