A prefabricated net zero home that sells for less than US$100,000 may soon be available for sale, thanks to Deltec Homes of Asheville, North Carolina.
“While Deltec made a name for themselves with round hurricane-resistant homes, now the company has amped up the energy efficiency by two-thirds with their latest home collection, in response to the increasing demand for net-zero energy housing,” Inhabit reports. The homes “generate their own energy with photovoltaic solar power and solar water heating, and are surprisingly affordable, with kits starting under 100K.”
The company originally developed its line of round home designs for resort communities, but entered the residential market in 1985 after resort visitors kept asking about custom homes. The shape of the homes was intended to help the units withstand earthquakes and high winds, with factory-precise prefabs and tightly engineered beams and joints contributing to building performance, writes correspondent Tafline Laylin.
“Seeing an increasing demand for energy-efficient homes, Deltec decided to launch a collection of net-zero passive homes with a smaller energy footprint, called the Renew Collection,” Laylin explains. “In order to achieve net-zero energy independence, these homes have not only active photovoltaic solar power—but each house is designed with passive solar principles in mind in order to create a home with very small energy demands.” (h/t to The Energy Mix subscriber Diane Beckett for first pointing us to this story)