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Published on April 22nd, 2011 | by Glenn Meyers

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Tulikivi Radiant Heat Fireplace Shines in NET ZERO Colorado Home

NET ZERO home in Colorado Source: Apex Mountain Homes

Custom homebuilder Clark Johnson, founder of Apex Mountain Homes in Silverthorne, Colorado, is living in one of his very own sustainable creations. Johnson’s states his NET ZERO home is one of the most energy efficient homes in the country, producing more energy than it consumes.

“The fact that we’ve managed to construct a NET ZERO custom home is, in itself, a monumental accomplishment,” Johnson said in a press announcement, noting that a Tulikivi radiant heat fireplace is a fundamental feature in this home.

According to Johnson, his home features Silverthorne’s first legally approved masonry heater. “Using the Tulikivi fireplace, we’ve been able to heat our home using nothing but construction scraps,” he said.  “Burning debris left over from construction projects not only does a great job of heating our home, but also keeps waste materials from sitting in a landfill. The emissions from the Tulikivi amount to only a small percentage which leads to considerable reduction in carbon dioxide.”

Besides a Tulikivi soapstone radiant heater, Johnson’s home features other energy-saving features, including:

– Passive Solar Design and Solar Thermal Hot Water System

– Durisol Block Wall Construction

– No Clothes Dryer (line dry only!)

– Electric Induction Cook Top

– Energy Efficient Triple Pane Windows

– Low Water Usage Dual Flush Toilets

– Spray Foam Insulation

Johnson is showcasing his NET ZERO home during Earth Week to educate the community on sustainable building and sustainable living.

For more information, visit the Apex Mountain Homes website.

Tulikivi, headquartered in Juuka, Finland, has been featured before in Green Building Elements. The company is the world’s largest manufacturer of heat-retaining fireplaces, exporting over half of its output to Europe and North America.  The company’s complete range of fireplaces, are considered among the cleanest wood-burning fireplaces in the world. Tulikivi has six production plants and it employs over 500 people.

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About the Author

Writer, documentary producer, and director. Meyers is a contributor to CleanTechnica, and founder of Green Streets MediaTrain, a communications connection and eLearning hub. As an independent producer, he's been involved in the development, production and distribution of television and distance learning programs for both the education industry and corporate sector. He also is an avid gardener and loves sustainable innovation.



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