Dageforde Net-Zero Solar Home Tour

July 27, 2016 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
11672 Old Mill Drive, Blair, Nebraska, 68008

First Place Winner of ASHRAE’s 2014 International Technology Award for achievement in the design and operation of Energy Efficient Buildings

Sponsored by Nebraskans for Solar

Tour Guide: Darren Dageforde, Executive Director of Utilities & Energy Utilization, University of Nebraska Medical Center



  • Concrete house (Insulated Concrete Form)
  • Solar PV panels – provided up to 60% of house energy needs in 2011-2015 and is at least 100% after additional panels installed in spring of 2016. (289% for month of June 2016)
  • Passive solar design – aids heating needs
  • Geothermal water-to-water heat pumps for heating, cooling, and domestic hot water generation
  • Radiant heating and cooling embedded in a concrete floor
  • Ceramic tile flooring – allowing lower radiant temperatures to heat/cool house resulting in huge energy efficiency. Also, having no carpet reduces allergens.
  • Geothermal fresh air system – 160 feet of buried tube with automated fan/valve system providing fresh air, humidity control, and 55 – 65 degree air year-round reducing heating/cooling needs. This  means no traditional air conditioning system is ever needed. 
  • Domestic water intake pipes embedded in concrete floor – resulting in free cooling and warmer water temperature in hot water generation intake – reducing energy needed
  •  Lots of natural light
  • Fiberglass windows that do not expand or contract to break any seals
  • Rain garden
  • Queit, safe, comfortable, efficient

Posted on Nebraskans for Solar’s NewsBlog: The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Commits to President Obama’s Better Buildings Challenge 

Refreshments will be served.

Coming from Omaha: Take I-680 to the Irvington Exit (Super-Walmart exit). Turn northwest on Blair High Road (highway 133) going toward Blair. About 11 miles NW of Walmart look for a green sign that says “Fort Calhoun-7 miles via county Road” with an arrow pointing east, that is county road 32 (one mile north of Lakeland, 3 miles north of the airport), turn east on CR32 toward Fort Calhoun. Go down the hill and across the valley (about ¾ mile), turn left (north) into Millstone estates, (lots of white rock, uphill road) it’s the second house on the left, about 450’ off the road. If you get lost, call Darren Dageforde: (402) 981-7862

Green Drinks Omaha,
which also meets on the 27th at Whole Foods (10020 Regency Circle), has moved its meeting time to 5 p.m. so that interested attendees can drive to the tour afterwards. Carpooling from Whole Foods is an option, even if you can’t make it to the meeting.