Zero Net Energy Homes


Marc Rosenbaum’s ‘Zero Net Energy Homes’ has helped students produce more than 200 zero net energy home designs since 2011, many of which have been built. We write regularly on this increasingly popular topic.

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zHome: Setting a National Net Zero Energy and Green Building Precedent

Almost ten years ago, Built Green, an environmentally-friendly residential building program of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties, began a project to develop the first net energy townhome complex in the United States. The project was created to revolutionize green housing and prove that green building could be done affordably. To date, […]

Heat Recovery Ventilation Considerations in Zero Net Energy Homes

Marc Rosenbaum discusses heat recovery ventilation considerations for zero net energy homes on the Zero Net Energy Homes course discussion board…
Exhaust-only ventilation home health concerns
Student 1: Do you know of any potential health impacts from living in a depressurized space– such as a home with exhaust-only ventilation?

Marc: You can pull in pollutants from outdoors or the ground (radon), […]

How to Build a 75% Net Zero Community

What does it take to build a 75% net zero community and the “largest Emerald-rated community” in the world? Tabitha Crawford explains how her team combined solar, HVAC, and sustainable building practices to build 250 net zero homes while keeping construction costs at a 3% premium.

Q: Tell us about your Emerald-rated Community:
Our community is a 250 new […]

Leaders in High Performance Building: The Efficient & Comfortable Spec Home

At HeatSpring, we celebrate innovative builders and designers who work to improve the overall quality and performance of public and residential buildings…
Our Leaders in High Performance Building Giveaway was created for those who have helped plan, design, construct, and/or operate a high performance building. Entrants could submit a photo of their high performance project(s).* The photo could show the entire high performance building or […]

Leaders in High Performance Building: Zero Fossil Fuels & Zero Net Energy

At HeatSpring, we celebrate innovative builders and designers who work to improve the overall quality and performance of public and residential buildings…
Our Leaders in High Performance Building Giveaway was created for those who have helped plan, design, construct, and/or operate a high performance building. Entrants could submit a photo of their high performance project(s).* The photo could show the entire high performance building or […]