Check out the latest issue (August/September) of Home Power magazine for an article on net-zero construction and an in-depth profile of our house. I thought it was interesting that of the three true net-zero houses featured (a fourth relied on wood heat), ours was by far the least expensive at $237,000.
One house, although substantially smaller than ours, cost $575,000 to build, and the other, nearly the same size as ours, cost $550,000. These two houses, both built in Alberta, Canada, are very attractive and incorporate some cool features, like solar panels mounted on adjustable awnings and a rooftop deck (as seen on the cover of the magazine). However, with price tags of about double what it cost to build our house, they are probably out of reach for most people, especially first-time homebuyers like ourselves.
Nevertheless, it’s great to see the press covering this type of building, and I encourage anyone who is interested in living in a house like this to read the article and see the very different ways the featured projects achieved the net-zero goal.