An amazing concept: an economically viable mainstream home that produces more energy than it consumes. It took a visionary company like the Neumann Companies to conceive and build it, and it took a visionary company like Trivera to create the Web site for the project.
Through the combination of several readily available technologies, which include a solar photovoltaic system (PV), geothermal heating and cooling system and solar domestic hot water, the EP Home has the ability to produce 100 percent of the energy needed to heat and cool the home, run all the appliances and power the occupant’s electric vehicle to and from work. The home promotes an energy independent lifestyle by consuming no fossil fuels, which allows for a dramatic reduction in greenhouse emissions and dependency on foreign oil.
The home is located in the Autumn Ridge Development three miles west of Oconomowoc. Building began in early February of 2009 and will be completed by August, in time to be showcased in the Milwaukee Area Metropolitan Builders Association’s 2009 Affordably Green Built Parade of Homes.