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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Amassing & Analyzing Zero Energy Building Data

Many believe that the future of net-zero energy is already here. At the forefront, the Net-Zero Energy Coalition is not only leading the movement, but also creating what their team refers to as “The Hub,” a place where all-things-Zero-Energy (ZNE) can be discovered. From research, to outreach resources, to case studies. Part of this exemplary resource […]

Zero Energy Homes: Economics, Efficiency & Renewable Energy Integration

What are Zero Energy Homes? How are they cost efficient and how do they help significantly lessen energy use?
In this $30 course, sustainable building expert Ann Edminster has the answers.

This course, designed as an introduction to all things Zero Net Energy, is perfect for energy consultants, homeowners, building analysts, sustainable builders and anyone curious about the power […]

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 […]