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The first home at the Green Acres net-zero-energy community achieves a full year of producing as much energy as it consumes.

In recent years, architects and builders have pushed the limits of sustainable design, creating super-efficient houses that produce, over the course of a year, as much energy as they consume in daily operations. As technology prices have fallen and sustainable building techniques improved, these “net-zero-energy” (NZE) houses have gone from the domain of luxury custom builders to being offered as affordable middle-class homes. Now NZE houses have achieved their latest milestone: A home in the nation’s first single-family NZE residential development, Green Acres, in New Paltz, N.Y., achieved a full year of net-zero-energy production in March. Read more »