Gov. Snyder Tours Dow’s Second Net Zero Home.

30 Jun 2011

Photo Credit: The Dow Chemical Vision Zero Home

Over a year ago, I blogged about Dow Chemical’s completion of what it dubbed the “Vision Zero” home (No Utility Bills — Now Within Reach). Dow touted it as Michigan’s first, affordable net-zero energy home. A net-zero energy building generates at least as much energy as it consumes through a combination of energy efficiency solutions. The first “Vision Zero” home was used as an educational center for over a year and is now being put up for sale.

As a result of the success of Vision Zero, Dow collaborated with the same local builder to construct a second net-zero home which it calls the “InVision Zero” home.  Earlier this week Gov. Snyder toured the 1,556 square foot home (which is priced to sell at $250,000). According to the Mlive article, the Governor was most impressed with the dashboard on the home — the device that controls and displays how much energy is being used in each area of the home.

Dow received other good news this week as it earned an A+ on its 2010 Global Reporting Initiative Sustainability Report with UN Global Compact Communication on Progress.  A two page summary providing highlights from 2010 and a snapshot of many of the metrics used to track progress on Dow’s 2010 Sustainability goals are included in the report, which can be read here.

Dow’s entrance and continued expansion into the areas of alternative energy and energy efficiency technologies is great news for the State — which seeks to become a national leader in clean energy and skilled green jobs.

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