Congressman tours UNL's Zero Net Energy House

Congressman tours UNL's Zero Net Energy House

Calendar Icon Nov 13, 2009      Person Bust Icon By Carole Wilbeck | Engineering     RSS Feed RSS

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., toured the “Zero Net Energy Test House” (ZNETH) in Omaha on November 12.

The house was built by students and faculty with UNL’s Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction, who worked with industry and utility representatives in a hands-on green building experience.

Soon three graduate students will move into the home and continue energy monitoring projects using data from the house’s energy-efficient systems. Located in the neighborhood near The Peter Kiewit Institute, home of the Durham School, the ZNET House features Omaha’s first residential wind turbine and has a solar-powered heating and cooling system.

On this visit Fortenberry, who has sponsored several bills to promote renewable energy, heard from PKI Director Mike McGinnis; Tim Hemsath, assistant professor of architecture; and Jim Goedert, DSAEC director of industry research and outreach.

Learn more about ZNETH.