ZETA Communities, an offsite systems-building company specializing in net-zero energy structures, is putting the recent $5 million it secured in venture funding to good use. According to a story in FastCompany, the San Francisco startup opened a 91,000 square foot net-zero housing factory last year, and is already working on 132 factory-built housing units.
The goal is to build 2,800 housing units in four factories by 2013. ZETA has raised a total of $10 million in venture funding. Black Coral Capital, which invests in the cleantech and energy efficiency sectors, made the most recent $5 million investment.
The company claims that its homes offer a number of advantages for energy-minded customers, and that its modular housing uses 40-60 percent less overall energy than traditional homes due to a passive solar design, energy-efficient windows and strong insulation.
The Fast Company article says that ZETA will stick primarily to the multi-family housing niche. The company has already built a townhouse in Berkeley, Calif., and it is working on numerous 310 to 340 square-foot studios in San Francisco and Berkeley lots. ZETA also recently built a seed and plant lab at the Presidio Stewardship and Sustainability Center in San Francisco.