Building Bridges for Efficiency
Everyone likes the idea of zero energy homes, but most builders and buyers assume that the cost premium is too high and is a luxury benefit. In this session, presenters will explore examples and research that shows green can be affordable. This includes Selah Vista, a community of high-performance homes being built in Eastern Washington. Emily Kemper and real estate agent Brenda Nunes will also explain the vision for the community and process of selling such high-performance homes, including the comfort, control, and the health benefits that appeal to average homebuyers. Additionally, Steven Lefler will navigate the California road to 2020 Zero Net Energy and Solar Mandate and present factory built, energy efficient, affordable housing solutions using on and off-grid technology. Finally, you’ll hear new research from Rocky Mountain Institute and the Department of Energy that looks at the most cost-effective ways to build zero energy homes in different climate and economic contexts across the US, comparing those approaches to important thresholds for market appeal.