Dual-fuel homes offer the best of both worlds
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Dual-fuel homes featuring both propane and electric power are helping builders achieve net-zero goals, proving that diverse energy sources can satisfy homebuyer demands and regulations favoring electricity.
One firm striking that delicate balance is Bassenian|Lagoni in Newport Beach, California. The architecture and planning firm is creating blueprints for production builders that not only comply with the 2022 California Building Standards Code, which mandates that new homes be “electric-ready,” but that also accommodate high-end gas appliances.
How the firm does this can be seen in the 2024 Virtual Concept Home by Livabl, a collaborative effort between leading homebuilders, architects, and designers. The Propane Education and Research Council is a sponsor.
“Dubbed ‘the home that grows with you,’ the Concept Home showcases the latest in sustainability and environmental efficiency, along with flexible design options catering to different buyer types, from empty nesters to multigenerational families,” ARCHITECT reports.
If built, the home would meet today’s demanding energy codes without sacrificing features homebuyers expect. The Concept Home features an EV charger, battery storage, and a propane-fired tankless heater. Other amenities include a propane cooktop, a two-sided fireplace and an expansive outdoor living arrangement with a propane grill, firepit, and heated 20-foot pool.