Zero-energy homes, also known as net-zero homes, produce as much energy as they consume on an annual basis, sometimes producing more energy from solar panels, wind power, or other sources. These homes are far from mainstream, but home builders like South Carolina’s Todd Usher, guest writer for this blog post, are leading the race to get them there.
At Addison Homes, we’ve always been green – a progressive niche in a mostly conservative market. Our process of continuous improvement has moved us toward ever-deeper shades of efficiency.
So after a dozen years building the most energy-efficient homes in town – including our market’s first home certified by the Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home program — we decided to go greener still and built the first mainstream zero energy home in Greenville, S.C.