New Town Builders Markets Zero-Ready Homes

14 Inch Energy Heel Truss and Soffit Vent Baffle -2700x1800-300dpiGene Myers ran dozens of computer simulations before he found the best way to build net-zero homes that met his tough, self-imposed criteria. Each year, the CEO of New Town Builders conducts a research exercise designed to produce a new series of extremely energy-efficient homes.

New Town Builders offers Zero-Ready homes with a HERS of about 35, well below what you’d get in an Energy Star home. It gets there by building a super-efficient building shell, before adding expensive mechanical systems. For an extra $35,000 or so New Town sells a net-zero home with upgraded windows, a heat pump, and a bigger solar system.

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About Boyce Thompson

Boyce Thompson, the author of The New New Home, is a writer and editor who has spent more than 30 years covering the housing market. Thompson began his career as a writer for publications such as The Washington Post, Governing, Practical Homeowner, Venture, and Changing Times, the precursor to the Kiplinger Letter.