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Net Zero Energy Home Case Studies

Are you ready for a home that lives, works, and lasts better? The home of the future - a better home - is available today. Take a virtual tour of homes that are so energy efficient a renewable energy system can offset all or most of their annual energy consumption....

The Idea Farm: A Custom, Eco-Friendly Farmhouse

This custom home is a sophisticated blend of rustic and refinement. Everything about it was purposefully planned for a couple committed to living close to the earth and following a lifestyle of simplicity. Affectionately named “The Idea Farm,” for its innovation in sustainable building practices, this home was only the 2nd new home in Minnesota to receive a Gold Rating by MN GreenStar.

How to Make Your Home Net Positive on a Budget

John Livermore remodeled his home to make it produce more energy than it used. In addition to the dramatic energy savings, he zeroed out his home’s carbon footprint, stopped paying energy bills, increased comfort, improved his family’s health, and became the first renovated home in Massachusetts to produce more energy than it uses. Best of all – you can do it, too!

RavenWindow: Natural Energy Management

RavenWindow smart glass windows respond daily to changing climactic conditions. During summer’s high temps, they darken to automatically reduce heat, glare, and unwanted solar heat gain. In winter, they let a maximum amount of light and warmth in. RavenWindow can also be customized to meet the needs of a climate zone.

Crossway Passive House: An Unbelievable “Eco-Arch” in the Countryside

Architect Richard Hawkes of Hawkes Architecture, renowned for his sustainable designs, built his family home in the English countryside using Passivhaus (passive house) techniques. The iconic feature of this pioneering house is a scarily thin soaring arched roof. Watch this video to see inside and learn more about this magnificent home.

Tour a 4,000 Square-Foot Passive House Near Ottawa

In this video, we meet Casey & Natasha, a conscious couple who built a passive solar home near Ottawa, Ontario. In addition to orienting their house to face south, they installed overhangs that block the sun to keep it cool during summer months and allow the sun to enter and heat the house during winter months. They also installed a 10 kW solar system that sells clean electricity back to the grid.

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