Making Zero Energy Homes a Mainstream Option

Posted by Christina B. Farnsworth

Feb 15, 2016 10:50:57 AM

Solar shingles and an attractive rebate program are making net-zero homes from Addison Homes appeal to buyers in this South Carolina market.

Addison Homes is committed to making zero energy a mainstream option, modeling a vision of sustainable construction that’s attractive, affordable and attainable for homeowners. Its 2,700­-square-­foot InVision Zero SC is not only the first zero­-energy home in Greenville, S.C., it is also the first area’s first Active House.

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Winners of the 8th Annual Green Home of the Year Awards

Posted by Heather Wallace, GBM Marketing

Dec 18, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Green Builder® magazine honors sustainable building project award winners for 2015

Green Builder Media, recently announced the winners of its 8th Annual Green Home of the Year Awards. Nine projects were selected to represent this year’s best green homes. This year’s homes upped the ante on overall sustainability and several of the winners have achieved net-zero energy or are net-zero ready.

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Functional Forms

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Dec 11, 2015 2:13:47 PM

Teams stretch their design skills and test their building science knowledge as they compete to design the best zero-energy multi-use building for a site in Portland, Oregon.

Text and images provided by Hammer & Hand, edited by Green Builder staff.

THE PERFORM COMPETITION, now in its second year, encourages architecture students and interns to explore the nexus between high-performance building and high design. As a builder that partners with architecture firms on every project it builds, Hammer & Hand launched the competition to help advance the energy performance training of emerging design professionals and to demonstrate that performance and design are inherently complementary.

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Sustainable Building Blocks

Posted by Sarah Lozanova

Oct 24, 2014 11:35:58 AM

Lighter than concrete, these blocks also have much better insulating qualities.

WHEN MR. WILSON approached Rob Smith, president of e2 Homes, about building a water-efficient, net-zero energy home with no drywall or wood on the first floor for one-third less than another builder’s bid, e2 Homes rose to the challenge. The 4,300-square-foot home incorporates Aercon aerated autoclaved concrete (AAC) blocks, which provide both structure and insulation.

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Solar Power House

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Sep 22, 2014 1:48:18 PM

WHEN ILLINOIS RESIDENTS Dennis Kruepke and his wife decided to purchase a second home in Arizona to be closer to their daughter and grandkids in California, they were instantly intrigued by a gated 55+ community which guarantees “no electric bill.” Shea Homes in Peoria, Arizona offers net-zero-energy homes, which the builder dubbed “SheaXero,” in its Trilogy community of 2,400 homes. Once the Kruepkes settled on specific features of the Veritas Genova model they had chosen, the 2-bedroom, 2.5-bath, 2,180-square-foot home took about six months to build.

All homes within the Trilogy community are now built with a solar array, but at the time of the Kruepkes’ purchase, the couple was given an option to lease the solar power generation system. Excited by the prospect of having an eco-friendly home that would also save them money, Dennis agreed to a 20-year lease. As part of the agreement, SolarCity, the company installing the solar array, guaranteed the amount of solar energy the system would provide.

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