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More wall, less passive solar makes net-zero homes affordable.

The project team sought to create a healthy home for a family of four to live in as independently and with as little environmental impact as possible, situated on a sustainable homestead producing energy and food. The owners did not want to build on prime agricultural land, but chose a rural site that had good solar and/or wind resources, with space for animals and gardens. With the intention to use only as much energy as could be produced onsite, a building strategy was developed that reduced the amount of energy needed to run the household and used an appropriate site-specific renewable energy solution. This has helped the occupants cultivate a strong sense of stewardship of the local environment and given them the tools to help others do the same.

Full article: http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm/2012/10/26/...

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