by Eric Thomas, ArtemisiaCabin.com
How do people interested in building a zero-energy home get started? The process usually begins with a lot of online research. Over the course of building two net-zero homes, we’ve read a lot, learned a ton, and gathered a lot of resources. Below are some of the top websites and online resources for homeowners and building professionals looking to expand their knowledge of zero-energy building. Enjoy!
Zero-Energy Home Builders
- TC Legend Homes (Bellingham, WA)
- Clifton View Homes (Coupeville, WA)
- Hammer & Hand (Portland, OR)
- Palo Duro Homes (Farmington, NM)
- Mandalay Homes (Arizona)
- Mutual Housing (Sacramento, CA)
- Greenhill Contracting (Esopus, NY)
- BPC Green Builders (Wilton, CT)
- BrightLeaf Homes (Brookfield, IL)
- Evolutionary Homebuilders (Geneva, IL)
- Paul Castrucci (New York, NY)
- Amaris Homes (Maplewood, MN)
- Dwell Development (Seattle, WA)
- High Performance Homes Gettysburg, PA)
- Durable Residential Builders (Houston, TX)
- Preferred Builders (Old Greenwich, TC)
- Addison Homes (Greer, SC)
- Amerisips Construction (Charleston, SC)
- Montpellier Construction (Plainfield, VT)
- Near Zero Maine (Vassalboro, ME)
Zero-Energy Home Designers and Architects
- Ten Over Studio (San Luis Obispo, CA) The designers of Artemisia Cabin!
- Velocipede Architects (Seattle, WA)
- Zero-Energy Plans (Coupeville, WA) Stock plans designed for net-zero.
- Rodwin Architecture (Coulder, CO)
- Playhouse Design Group
Zero-Energy Home Directories
- U.S. Department of Energy Tour of Zero
- Zerohomes.org (Good listing by state)
- Net-Zero Energy Coalition Member Directory
- Net Zero Building
Zero-Energy Home Projects and Blogs
- Artemisia Cabin (Winthrop, WA) Possibly the first net-zero nightly rental.
- Ballard Net-Zero House (Seattle, WA) Our first zero-energy house.
- Vision House (Tucson, AZ)
- Edge House (Boulder, CO)
- Vivint Zero Home (Herriman, UT) A cold-climate net-zero home open for tours.
- Smugglers Cove (Whidbey Island, WA) Built to nearly the same plans as our Seattle home.
- Invision Zero Home
- Desert Rain House
- Hidden Hills Modern Home
- Karuna Passive House
- O2 Haus
- Painted Hills Ranger Station
- Full Plane Passive House (Portland, OR)
- Trekhaus (Portland, OR)
- Net Zero Home (Charlotte, VT)
- zHome (Issaquah, WA)
Zero-Energy House Video Resources
- 12 Essential Steps to Zero Energy An excellent intro video by Ted Clifton Sr., the designer of our Seattle house.
Definitions of Net-Zero
- Green Building Advisor Glossary Has tons of definitions of terms you’ll encounter over the course of your project.
- Wikipedia Of course!
- The Results Of A 1-Year Net-Zero-Energy Home Case Study
- DPR Construction’s Phoenix Regional Office
- IDeAz Z2 Design Facility (San Jose, CA)
- David & Lucile Packard Foundation Headquarters (Los Altos, CA)
- Zero Energy House (Auckland, New Zeland)
- American Samoa EPA Office (Utulei, American Samoa)
- Center for Sustainable Landscapes (Pittsburgh, PA)
- Willowbrook House (Austin, TX)
- Zero Cottage (San Francisco, CA)
- Hood River Middle School Music and Science Building (Hood River, OR)
- Sacred Heart Lower and Middle School Stevens Library (Atherton, CA)
- Mission Zero House (Ann Arbor, MI)
- West Berkeley Public Library (Berkeley, CA)
- Brookside Development (Derby, CT)
- Caldwell and Johnson (Charlestown, RI)
- Greenhill Contracting (New Paltz, NY)
- Healthy Efficient Homes (Spirit Lake, IA)
- Craftsman Net Zero Energy Home (Bend, OR)
Award-Winning Zero-Energy Homes
- Johns Island Custom by Amerisips Homes (Charleston, SC)
- Eco-Village Ithica by Aquazephyr (Ithica, NY)
- Lakeside Cottage by BPC Green Builders (Wilton, CT)
- Zed 2 by Boulder Zed Design Build (Boulder, CO)
- Candlewood Hills Rebuild by BPC Green Builders (Wilton, CT)
- Singer Village by Brookside Development (Woodbridge, CT)
- Edies Lane House by Caldwell and Johnson (North Kingston, RI)
- Clinton Two-Story by Clifton View Homes (Coupeville, WA)
- Isler Residence by Clifton View Homes (Coupeville, WA)
- First DOE Zero Energy Retrofit by Green Extreme Homes (Lewisville, TX)
- The Preserve by Greenhill Contracting (Esopus, NY)
- Laurel Gardens by Habitat for Humanity (Sarasota, FL)
- Double Zerohouse by KB Homes (Los Angeles, CA)
- Proud Green Home by the Imery Group (Athens, GA)
Prefab Zero-Energy Homes
Net-Zero Certification Programs
This list is a little bit scrappy and definitely incomplete, but we hope it provides you with plenty of inspiration and information as you tackle your own green building project.
This was originally posted on Artemesia Cabin. Visit their site to learn much more!
EXPLORE AMAZING PRODUCTS, NEW TRENDS AND TECHNOLOGIES, AND DISCOVER A WEALTH OF INFORMATION YOU NEED FOR YOUR SUSTAINABLE HOME BUILD OR RENOVATION.
Comfort and quality are key to restful sleep, and natural materials are key to your long-term health. Here’s a guide to mattress companies that are doing good for the earth and your health by using natural and eco-friendly materials.
As a discerning green homeowner, every choice you make involves a variety of factors. And floors are no exception. You have to love how it looks, like how it feels on your feet, trust that it cleans up without too much effort and lasts a long time – and since you care about the planet that we live on….it needs to be healthy and eco-friendly, too.
Did you know the people of this world create 1.3 billion TONS of garbage each year? That’s the equivalent of over 3,000 Empire State Buildings! And guess who leads the pack? The United States. Part of the solution is to change our perspective. Maybe trash isn’t really garbage? These products prove that one man’s trash truly is another man’s treasure.