Energy - Challenge Homes gaining steam
Since 2008, more than 1,000 Zero Energy Ready Homes have been built, saving owners millions of dollars in utility bills while increasing comfort, health and durability. From Vermont to Washington, buyers have done the math and know their monthly utility bill savings easily exceed the additional monthly mortgage cost for a high-performance home. And, through the Department of Energy’s Challenge Home program, which targets 40 percent minimum energy savings, an ever-increasing number of builders are committing to construct Zero Energy Ready Homes. DOE chief architect Sam Rashkin, builders and homeowners around the country invite journalists to tour these houses, which Rashkin believes are the future of housing.
January 07, 2014