First Net-Zero Home

From the front, this house off knock knolls road seems rather typical, but a quick walk to the back and you’ll see 40 solar panels on the roof used to generate power for the entire home.

“Any electricity that we produce on site that we don’t use, will go back through the meter and be sold back through the grid, for which we’ll get a check at the end of the month,” said homeowner Kevin Kittilsen.

Of course, when the sun goes down the home will still consume some electricity from the city, but the idea is to produce as much energy as is used, or net-zero, if not more.

Besides the solar panels, the home contains many other eco-friendly items like sustainable Bamboo wood, LED lights, energy-efficient appliances, and what’s called air-renewal drywall.

“What this dry wall does is it sucks out any organic compounds, volatile organic compounds and converts them into inert material and that allows for basically better indoor air quality,” said Kevin, who’s also vice president of his father’s company DJK Custom Homes, which built his home but the design is all Kevin’s own.

“My wife and I we designed our first home and to see the next segment of DJK to be able to pull that off and come up with what we’ve got here is incredible,” said DJK Owner Dan Kittilsen.

Kevin welcomed Mayor Pradel to celebrate Naperville’s first net-zero home and invited the public inside, hoping to offer some inspiration.

“It’s really something you should be looking into is building green and also building healthy for your family. That’s one thing we’re trying to focus on is you’re saving energy but your family’s going to have a healthier living environment as well.”

Kevin and Linea will be moving into their new home after their wedding in about a month.

DJK Custom Homes is already planning Naperville’s second net-zero home for the same area, with an expected groundbreaking a year and a half from now.


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