Building Net-Zero Homes with Solar
Anthony Aebi of Greenhill Contracting builds net-zero homes and we are proud to be his solar partner!
What makes a building net-zero?
Essentially, it means that a building produces more energy than it consumes. This is possible thanks to various types of renewable energy and also takes into consideration all of the home’s heating and cooling needs. Even in the Northeast, there’s more than enough sun to help homeowners reach net-zero. We’ve helped Aebi build 3 housing developments of net-zero homes—and they are a lot more than groovy little shacks!
Net-zero homes are generally more resilient than the average home. Because of his extraordinary attention to structure, Aebi expects his buildings to last “hundreds of years!” Pairing a net-zero solar home with energy storage also offers energy security in the event of a power outage.
Don’t fret if your house isn’t 100% airtight, though! If you do a life-cycle analysis of new homes, you’ll find that adding renewables to existing structures can be just as effective as building a new net-zero home. It’s never too late to invest in technologies that can reduce your carbon footprint!