California-based ZETA Communities recently announced a new project worth noting. It's an affordable, net-zero energy community with 22 starter homes in Stockton, Calif., called Tierra del Sol. ZETA says the homes are being built in Sacramento in an off-site fabrication process that results in higher quality, faster construction, lower first costs and lower operating costs, according to Jetson Green.
A Tierra del Sol home is expected to use about 45 percent less energy than a typical home. It will have a hybrid heat pump water heater, mini-split heating and cooling, CFL lights, Energy Star appliances and triple-pane windows.
Other green features include no-VOC paints, low-VOC finishes, no-added formaldehyde finishes, proper ventilation and circulation, cement-board siding and low-flow plumbing fixtures.