With the rise of the Passive House movement in North America and the proliferation of zero-energy homes, it may seem like there has been a revolution in home building in the last decade or so. But Jimmy Carter put solar panels on the White House back in the 1970s, about the same time the first superinsulated homes were being built in America. Though we’ve had five presidents since Carter and have developed many advanced building techniques and materials, some of the best methods for designing and building energy-efficient houses haven’t changed. This new zero-energy home in California gracefully incorporates time-tested strategies such as passive heating and cooling with some of today’s best practices. Congratulations to Mariah Hodges for designing our elegant, simple, and sophisticated best energy-smart home of 2016.
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