27 Jan '16, 12am

Testing the Limits of Net-Zero Building In Cold Climates

Maine custom builder Don Pendleton is a pioneer of sorts, having adopted panelized construction a decade ago to ensure quality control and job-site efficiency. Pendleton Homes builds three or four custom homes per year, many in the $500,000-and-up range, often sited on oceanfront lots owned by the customer. Pendleton builds the panels at his shop near Augusta then trucks them to the home site and hoists them into place with a crane. His new passion is energy efficiency and the net-zero energy home. But, like other builders who are concerned with the costs associated with achieving net- or near-net-zero, he’s not attempted one. Until now. Instead of doing his R&D on a customer’s home, however, Pendleton is building a two-unit townhouse apartment building on land he owns adjacent to his shop and residence. Each unit of the building, which he describes as modern industrial in...

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