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“... a CES system, which allows them to track their energy use by circuit for the whole house, using the couple’s laptop computers. In addition, it can gauge the effectiveness of the grid-tied solar panel system’s output, measuring it against the power they are actually using.”


 


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THE NET-ZERO-ENERGY HOUSING REVIEW  
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ENTER THIS MONTH’S GIVEAWAY...........4


THE NET-ZERO-ENERGY HOUSING REVIEW...........8


SECTIONS
Eco-Leaders 2011...........11
To achieve the high efficiency required to reach a zero-sum energy footprint, homes need products that are durable, efficient, and as affordable as possible. Fortunately, the technology already exists, and a few companies are making the path to net-zero easier. By Matthew Power and Tux Turkel


A Market-Ready Zero-Energy Community...........18
The SOL development offers would-be buyers a range of options to make their homes energy independent. By Judy Ostrow


Three Times Zero...........27
Here’s the lowdown on three outstanding zero-net-energy homes, each built by a different firm, but all on the cutting edge of green building. By Linda L. Leake


Our Top 25 Net-Zero-Ready Products...........38
We examined the product selections for successful net-zero projects from around the country to compile this list of field-tested products that your peers are using to get to zero. By Dan McCue


Can Factory Prefab Make Net-Zero More Affordable?...........50
Some builders and architects think modular construction could eventually make energy-neutral homes accessible to the masses. By Tux Turkel


HOME PLAN OF THE MONTH–NEW THIS ISSUE...........60
Why start from scratch? This home plan has already been built to LEED platinum standards. You can order it complete with all the essential details.


FROM THE TAILGATE...........64


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