The ROSE Cottage Project is a 3,370 sq ft single-family home in the capital city of Concord, New Hampshire, designed as one of the first zero net energy homes in northern New England. This multigenerational, aging-in-place house demonstrates how a...
Net zero homes produce as much energy as they consume, through renewable energy sources. One of the best ways to reduce the overall demand for energy is to make geothermal heating and cooling a part of the home.
Nearly 10 years ago, homeowners of one of the first zero energy homes in the country posed the question, “Why isn’t every home built this way?” While many are still pondering that question, builder Anthony Aebi of Greenhill Contracting in Esopus, New York, is doing his part to make sure more homes are built that way.
During the recession, while other builders were cutting corners to cut costs, Charles Thomas Homes decided on a different approach; energy-efficient homes that might cost a little more but would provide a lot more in terms of performance.
Few builders are bold enough to offer even a one-year guarantee on their homes. Raymond Pruban of Amaris Homes offered a 10-year guarantee on his model home in Afton, Minnesota, promising that it would be a net zero energy performer, producing as much energy as its occupants used each year, for 10 years.