Construction has begun on JLC’s Queen of Zero project, a new custom single-family Victorian in Maryland that will be a certified Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) by the U.S. Department of Energy. In this article, I breakdown some of the key differences between building a custom ZERH, as compared to a standard code-built home in this suburb of Washington, DC. While not an exhaustive list of program components which can vary based on climate zone and other factors, I offer some pointers for contractors on how to navigate both the unique process and practices for building to a net zero ready standard.

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