By Brent Sauser
The NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) has completed their Net Zero experimental home in Maryland. The Net Zero data illustrates a building that is not only zero net energy but reaps a surplus of power over the course of a year. The attached video demonstrates its energy efficiency and energy savings. The home is aesthetically conventional and aside from the solar panels on the roof, does not look much different from other homes in the general vicinity. However, the big difference is this home saves over $4,200 a year in energy bills. Isn’t it time we all take a closer look at crossing over the “line” from wasteful 20th Century construction methods and embrace a 21st Century, Net Zero approach to construction. Costs have come down significantly to no longer point the finger at budget busting GREEN systems. It is affordable and doable. The “line” is in view. Let’s cross over it together!