Net Zero Homes

Colorado’s McStain Neighborhoods knows it takes more to build healthy, sustainable houses—and believes it’s worth it.

​​How homeowners can benefit from the all-electric energy transition.

A Virginia developer wants to keep a new home community's leafy surroundings by creating a shared solar garden. 

Watch on-demand: Four healthy home experts offer actionable advice for building and selling healthy and clean homes. 

Building science expert CR Herro outlines the most crucial factors to building—and marketing—healthy homes.

The University of Colorado Boulder's Solar Decathlon SPARC House meets energy goals using an all-electric heating and air-conditioning system.

The warmer climate of the South has long made heat pumps a more practical option in new homes compared to forced-air furnaces. In regions with harsher winters, the majority of new home builders tend to stick with furnaces, although heat pumps have been making some incremental gains in the West and Northeast in recent years. 

For builders who are constructing net zero or zero-ready homes, electric heat pumps are frequently a better way to achieve energy efficiency and healthy air goals than a gas-fired, forced-air furnace.