A design by Specht Harpman, the zeroHouse is a self-sustaining 650-square foot house receiving its electrical power via solar panels. Able to process its own waste, the home has no need for utilities or waste connections and even collects/stores rainwater via rainwater collection panels which divert water into a 2700 gallon cistern.
Expected to sell for approximately $350,000, the house employs a helical-anchor foundation system that touches the ground at only four points to minimally disturb the ground. The tubular steel frame can withstand winds of up to 140 mph and the living modules have flexible attachment points for deflection and movement. The structure is claimed to be maintenance-free with steel frame components that are bonded for corrosion prevention, and the solar panels are rated for indefinite use, even with continuous exposure.
The home is expected to house about 4 adults and features 2 bedrooms, 1 full bathroom, a kitchen/dining room and a living room, with two elevated exterior terraces.