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Net Zero at Scale - Solar Power, Renewable Energy, Geothermal Systems - EcoHome Magazine

Net Zero at Scale - Solar Power, Renewable Energy, Geothermal Systems - EcoHome Magazine

The knock against net-zero-energy buildings, including homes, is that they’re too expensive and too difficult to get past the fringe. Maybe if there’s a mandate someday, or the price of a solar array drops to the level of a clothes dryer. Maybe. That’s just not good enough for Tom Hootman, director of sustainability for RNL, a Denver-based global design firm. An architect with an expertise in net-zero-energy buildings, Hootman is convinced that achieving net zero at scale is not only possible now, but at a competitive cost. “It’s the next step beyond the boutique examples we’ve seen so far,” he says. “Not just more buildings, but for larger buildings and more complex programs.” In fact, Hootman codified his tactics in the book “Net Zero Energy Design,” due for release in November, which he describes as a technical guide for architects. “I want to expose the gap between cur...

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