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    Tim O'Brien Homes is a Proud Partner of the U.S. DOE ZERH Program

    What is the Department of Energy (DOE) Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Program?

    A symbol of excellence for:

    • Energy Savings
    • Comfort
    • Health
    • Quality
    • Durability

    Zero Energy Ready Homes are High Performance Homes. Homes that are so energy efficient that all, or most consumption can be offset with renewable energy. In other words, they are the homes of the future.


    Lives Better.

    Healthful Environment

    Every DOE Zero Energy Ready Home has a comprehensive package of measures to minimize dangerous pollutants, provide continuous fresh air, and effectively filter the air you breathe.

    comfort plus

    Superior insulation, windows, air sealing and space conditioning systems included in every DOE Zero Energy Ready Home surround you with even temperatures, low-humidity, and quiet in every room on every floor, so your home is always comfortable.


    Works Better.

    Advanced Technology

    Every DOE Zero Energy Ready Home begins with solid building science specified by ENERGY STAR for Homes, and then adds advanced technologies and practices from DOE’s world-class research program.

    Ultra Efficient

    Compared to a typical home, an ultra efficient Zero Energy Ready Home is inexpensive to own. In fact, every DOE Zero Energy Ready Home is so energy efficient, a small solar electric system can easily offset most, or all, of your annual energy consumption.


    Lasts Better.

    Quality Built

    Advanced construction practices and technologies are specified for every DOE Zero Energy Ready Home. Then they are enforced by independent verifiers with detailed checklists and prescribed diagnostics.


    The advanced levels of energy savings, comfort, health, durability, quality and future performance in every DOE Zero Energy Ready Home provide value that will stand the test of time, and will meet and exceed forthcoming code requirements.


    This label key indicates relative performance of this DOE Zero Energy Ready Home to existing homes (built between 1990 and 2010) and ENERGY STAR Certified Homes.

    A Symbol of Excellence

    As a committed DOE partner who provides certified Zero Energy Ready Homes, Tim O’Brien Homes is in the top 1% percent of builders in the country meeting the extraordinary levels of excellence in energy and performance specified in the national program requirements.

    "I definitely would suggest a Zero Energy Ready Home to anyone who's interested because it's truly been a benefit to us on every level. It's not going to cost you any more, it's actually going to cost you less" - Homeowner