Zero Energy Homes and Positive Energy Homes will be key to this movement. Just imagine the impact on carbon emissions if the rest of the country followed California’s example of setting a net zero standard for their building codes. We would see drastic reductions in electric, natural gas, heating oil use, and carbon emissions. What would our nation’s housing industry look like if building code authorities finally recognized that Zero Energy Homes are totally feasible and affordable. Zero Energy Homes would be built by independent builders and developers all across the country. How much sweeter would our air and water be if home buyers who could afford to do so bought or built Positive Energy Homes. They would not only reduce their electric, gas and heating fuel use to zero, but they could also power an electric car and care for their lawn with clean energy.
Everyone involved in Zero and Positive Energy Homes, from designers, builders, realtors, lenders, appraisers to homebuyers, is contributing to the real solution – to reaching the carbon emission goals science supports as being necessary for maintaining a habitable planet. Let’s keep the momentum going.