Studies show that construction costs are relatively small compared to the operating cost of a home over a 30-year mortgage. Insulated concrete form (ICF) homes reduce those costs through energy efficiency and low maintenance living.
Zero energy homes come in all shapes and sizes. The U.S. Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready certified home on Lake Knowles in Winter Park, Florida, is a great example of how ultra-modern can also be ultra-efficient.
Fifty years ago radiant heating might have sounded like science fiction. Today there’s a saying about concrete and underfloor heating systems that goes, “friends don’t let friends pour concrete without PEX in it”.