Net-Zero-Energy House in a Kit

Jul 4, 2013 Full story: GreenBuildingAdvisor

This 1,700-square-foot net-zero energy kit home is manufactured by Vantem Panels of Brattleboro, Vermont.

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Bennington, VT

#1 Jul 5, 2013
There are some problems. It won't appraise so there goes the financing unless you have a large amount of cash to put down. And it doesn't make sense from a return on investment analysis. You spend much more to get to zero than you can get back on a reasonable rate of return unless energy prices go up significantly in the future.

$150/ft in typical construction around Vermont would include a full basement, a well, septic system and the land. And a reasonably energy efficient modern home. Instead of the high teck home how about putting in a wood stove?

That being said, if you are wealthy and like the feeling of doing "good" from an environmental perspective even if it is not economic then you should go for it.

Chester, VT

#2 Jul 5, 2013
It takes energy to make the construction material and than construct the place once the material is transported to location along with an army of bubba's in pickup trucks to do the work.

Being GREEN is recycling old small houses, buy used an fix it up. Way less energy used to fix up a place in town, only spoiled wasteful people would build new and than tell themselves they are GREEN.

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