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The authors of Green from the Ground Up, David Johnston and Scott Gibson, recently released a new book called Toward a Zero Energy Home: A Complete Guide to Energy Self-Sufficiency at Home, which the publisher sent to us for review.  Johnson and Gibson explore net zero energy homes of all varieties — bungalows, ranches, craftsmans —  and what it takes to build homes that are healthy, green, and ultra energy-efficient.

A net zero energy home, which is typically defined as one that produces as much energy as it uses on an annual basis, is becoming easier to build without expensive gadgetry.

The authors explain that while there’s no exclusive path to net zero energy, “building homes that are energy self-sufficient is completely within our capabilities — not at some distant point in time, but right now.”  To get there, careful attention must be given to building science, passive solar design, renewable energy, proper HVAC design, and a zero energy lifestyle.

Johnston and Gibson make the case for net zero energy and provide 12 case study examples with various strategies.  Some examples place a focus on affordability, while others spare no expense.  If you’re an architect, builder, or homeowner, you’ll definitely want to have this book.

[+] Buy Toward a Zero Energy Home on Amazon.

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