Zero energy housing program introduced in Mexico


Mexico City, Mexico — (METERING.COM) — March 13, 2008 – A pilot program has been introduced in Mexico to make homes energy self sufficient with zero net energy consumption.

The project, a joint initiative between community housing company Urbi, the Valle las Palmas technical round table and the ministry of energy and overseen by the National Housing Commission (Comisión Nacional de Vivienda, CONAVI), will introduce solar photovoltaic technology into homes and consumers will be able to supply energy to the grid through new two-way meters to be supplied by the Federal Electricity Commission (Comisión Federal de Electricidad, CFE).

The aim, according to Evangelina Hirata, assistant director of CONAVI’s housing sector growth promotion program, is to achieve a zero balance electricity bill for users.

To foster sustainable housing CONAVI last month presented criteria and indicators for the development of sustainable housing in Mexico, defining principles and actions for the construction and running of residential developments.