The Future of Housing in America
Carter Scott is building and selling whole neighborhoods of affordable spec homes that produce more energy than they consume
Carter Scott is dedicated to building houses that don’t contribute to global warming, and he is constantly looking for ways to improve their energy efficiency. He has gotten so good at this that, with state and federal subsidies factored in, he is able to sell his houses for the same price as comparably sized houses that are built to code and that don’t have photovoltaic panels on the roof. As editor at large Kevin Ireton explains in this article, though, Scott is not running a charity; in fact, his company has doubled its revenues every year since 2010. Unlike most production builders, who find what works and stick to it, Scott is constantly experimenting with materials and techniques in an effort to increase energy performance while keeping building costs down. He has reached the point where net-zero energy use is the standard rather than the goal and has set his sights on a new goal: building houses that produce more energy than they consume. A sidebar illustrates how Scott is able to get to net zero by reducing energy use and then adding a robust PV system.
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