The American Lighting Association (ALA) has joined the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as an Innovation Partner in its Zero Energy-Ready Home (ZERH) program. The DOE ZERH represents a new level of home performance, with rigorous requirements that ensure outstanding levels of energy savings, comfort, health and durability.

As an innovation partner, ALA will support the DOE in its efforts to educate consumers on the benefits of zero energy ready homes. A zero energy-ready home meets all of the criteria found in the DOE’s program requirements, is verified by a qualified third party, and is at least 40 to 50 percent more energy efficient than a typical new home.

The DOE ZERH label makes it easy for consumers to identify high-performance homes that are so efficient, a renewable energy system can offset most or all annual energy consumption. In addition to its added consumer benefits, ZERH offers leading builders a timely solution for differentiating their product from existing homes as well as minimum code new homes.

“ALA is excited to partner with the Department of Energy in its Zero Energy Ready Home program,” says Eric Jacobson, ALA President & CEO. “Advances in LED technology and controls, which offer the potential to greatly reduce a home’s energy consumption, position our industry as an ideal partner in this type of effort. We look forward to working with the DOE to promote this program.”

To spread the word on this initiative, the DOE is promoting its Tour of Zero program, which allows users to take virtual tours of homes that meet the ZERH requirements. These award-winning homes are independently certified to meet the ZERH guidelines and constructed by a select group of top builders.
The DOE is currently seeking ZERH partners in a variety of categories, including builders, designers, manufacturers, government, utility, and more. Those interested in learning more about this program and partnership opportunities are encouraged to visit buildings.energy.gov/zero.