zeroHouse can be located almost anywhere. Two flatbed trucks carry all the zeroHouse components to the site, and it can be erected in less than a day. It can be installed in places that would unsuitable for standard construction including water up to ten feet deep, or on slopes of up to thirty-five degrees.
zeroHouse employs a helical-anchor foundation system that touches the ground at only four points, requires no excavation, and only disturbs the ground to a minimal degree. It is especially suitable for use on environmentally-sensitive sites, or locations where no permanent structural elements are permitted.
zeroHouse is nearly maintenance-free. The exterior is clad with integrally-colored body panels that are impervious to scratching, denting, mildew and fading. Steel frame components are bonded and powder-coated for corrosion prevention. No painting or resurfacing is ever required. The photovoltaic panels, solar hot water panels, and other devices are rated for indefinite use and do not lose efficiency with continuous exposure.
zeroHouse can be left uninhabited for extended periods of time. The house can be put into a self-regulating “hibernate” mode which conserves power while maintaining necessary housekeeping functions.
zeroHouse is also extremely secure. All windows feature laminated “Sentry-Glass” for impact and penetration resistance. Exterior faces of doors are Kevlar reinforced, and fully mortised locking systems are used throughout. A continuous web-based house monitoring system is also available.
The tubular steel frame of zeroHouse can withstand winds of up to 140 mph. The living modules feature flexible attachment points to the frame to allow for deflection and movement without damage. The solar panels are independently anchored and can detach in extreme wind conditions to prevent damage to the rest of the house. Exterior cladding panels are installed in a pressure-equalized rainscreen configuration that minimizes the possibility of water penetration from driving rain.
In many locations, the zeroHouse will produce electrical power in excess of what is required to operate the house. This excess energy can be used to operate any number of remote devices including the charging of electric or hybrid vehicles. With the zeroHouse, completely fossil-free living is a possibility.