This is an excerpt from EERE Network News, a weekly electronic newsletter.

May 01, 2002

Zero-Energy House Featured in Atlanta and on National Mall

Visitors to the Atlanta Home Show last month were wowed by an unusual entry: a zero-energy house. The house combines solar energy, a geothermal heat pump, and energy efficiency to eliminate its need for outside energy sources. See the Atlanta Home Show press release.

Sponsored by the Captain Planet Foundation, the 1,500-square-foot house - they actually refer to it as a "cottage" - is due to be displayed on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., this Friday and Saturday as part of the National Park Service Sustainability Fair. See the Captain Planet Web site.

Why call this a "cottage"? Because the Captain Planet Foundation is now in the process of building a 2,200-square-foot house. The two-story zero-energy house is being built as part of DOE's Building America program. See the Captain Planet Web site.

More zero-energy houses will be displayed on the National Mall this fall, when 14 college teams erect their entries in the Solar Decathlon. The ten-part contest culminates with the construction and operation of the 14 solar homes in late September and early October. The Solar Decathlon Web site now includes links to the team Web sites, which are part of the competition. See the Solar Decathlon Web site on EREN.