Elemental Green: Where did the idea for this home first come from?
Stuart: I have always enjoyed nature and spending time outdoors (hiking, mountain, biking, trail running, rock climbing, mountaineering). When I started reading about global warming about 15 years ago, I knew we had to act. The first step was changing my job to focus exclusively on sustainability. Once I became aware of the various technologies that could help make buildings safer and healthier – not only for the environment but also the inhabitants of the buildings, the construction workers, and the manufacturers of building products – I decided to build a net zero home. I also wanted to at little to no cost premium to demonstrate that creating an aesthetically pleasing building was achievable. We wanted to be a beacon for others – not only in single family homes but multi-family, commercial, and industrial buildings as well.