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High performance homes, especially those striving to achieve net zero energy performance, employ a number of materials and construction practices not found in conventional construction. Customarily designers and architects may not specify certain energy related details or may neglect to make certain decisions relating to energy performance strategies during the design phase, resulting in added costs for builders. For a successful zero energy project, architects and designers, together with their builders, should familiarize themselves with the 12 Steps to cost-effective zero energy home construction and pay special attention to the following design strategies, detailing them on the design plans as needed.