Net-Zero Homes: What It Means For The Hearth Industry
Currently, traditional homes can be responsible for up to a fifth of the recorded gas emissions annually. Due to this alarming statistic more consumers are becoming environmentally conscious and opting to build Net-Zero homes.
For those that have never heard of a Net-Zero home, this means that the total amount of energy used by the home on an annual basis is roughly equal to the amount of renewable energy created on the site. Due to this, these homes contribute less overall greenhouse gas into the atmosphere.
The development of Net-Zero homes have become possible through an increase in technology as well as significant progress in renewable energy. When it comes to the design of the home, many designers and architects prefer to have features such as:
Triple glazed windows
High efficiency appliances
Water heating systems using heat pumps
However, what does this mean for fireplaces and the hearth industry? Some manufacturers such as Napoleon are already adjusting to the change in demand by expanding their electric offerings and improving their look and functionality in order to run off-grid using solar panels in a Net-Zero home. In fact, some manufacturers are even referring to electric fireplaces as the fireplace for homes of the future.
Below are some examples of fireplaces in Net-Zero Homes: