The State of Home Construction in 2018

For the past 150 years, the steps involved in building a home have remained essentially unchanged. The standard house is framed using wood studs, exterior plywood sheathing and sheet rock. The only significant changes to date have been the use of engineered trusses and headers, composite joists and composite plywood sheathing.
The construction methods for building a conventional wood frame home are cumbersome, time consuming and labor intensive.

The Solution

The time has come for more efficient, economic and sustainable way to build. NetZero’s innovative system offers that opportunity. NetZero systems effectively eliminate traditional wall framing techniques, replacing the standard ½”plywood exterior siding, wood stud framing, sill and top plates and in some cases interior sheetrock. Exterior load bearing panels are 1 1/4” thick and are placed in a 7” wide wall assembly.

Just Good for the Environment

Few people are aware of the building sector’s huge impact on global warming. Architecture 2030 and the Department of Energy reflect that the construction industry is the largest consumer of energy at 49%. In addition, buildings are the largest contributor to Climate Change responsible for 46% of U.S. carbon emissions.

The quickest and most economical path to energy efficiency in buildings is to increase their insulation capacity and sealing exterior envelopes to limit air infiltration. NetZero’s wall system represents an efficient and cost effective means to achieve these goals and ultimately, net zero energy buildings.

A More Efficient Way to Build

Construction waste is the single largest contributor to landfill volume. Traditional site built wood construction is incredibly wasteful. Current “efficient” standard industry practice has contractors ordering excess material to keep their crews busy. Framing material (studs, headers, cripples, blocking etc) and sheathing material (exterior plywood) are cut to length on site with the excess cut-­‐offs frequently sent to landfills. The same wasteful practices are true for sheetrock contractors. Some estimates have the figure of overall construction waste at 30%. This waste represents a carbon footprint for material manufactured BUT NOT ACTUALLY USED.

When presented with the benefits of NetZero, it’s difficult to imagine building using traditional framing techniques. NetZero achieves advantages over traditional construction every step of the way – in cost savings, in time savings, energy efficiency, in ease of construction and sustainability.