Zero-Energy Homes: A New Direction in Energy-Efficient Home Building

An energy-efficient home is about more than expensive photovoltaic panels and wind turbines. Zero-energy homes produce as much energy as they consume, and these exciting abodes are redefining what it means to build green.

Toward A Zero Energy Home
From bungalows to ranches to houses in urban and rural settings, most any home can become a zero-energy home. “Toward a Zero Energy Home” showcases 12 houses built for zero-energy living, and guides readers through the design process of these truly green dwellings.
Vermont Zero Energy House
Zero-energy houses, such as this one in Vermont, start with carefully detailed building envelopes. Controlling air leaks through exterior walls and roof and adding lots of insulation reduce the amount of energy needed for heating and cooling.

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