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Gem of Innovation: Eric Thomas & Alexandra Salmon's affordable zero energy home.

Eric Thomas and Alexandra Salmon wanted to build themselves an affordable "net-zero energy" home that would produce as much energy as it uses. But they had to stay within their budget which in burgeoning Seattle is not easy to say the least. Their dreams came true easier than you might think, when they met Ted Clifton, an energy efficient builder based in Whidbey Island, WA.
Gem of Innovation:  Eric Thomas & Alexandra Salmon's affordable zero energy home.

Ballard net-zero energy home was $114/s.f. to build! Awesome right?

Eric Thomas and Alexandra Salmon wanted to build themselves an affordable "net-zero energy" home that would produce as much energy as it uses. But they had to stay within their budget which in burgeoning Seattle is not easy to say the least. Their dreams came true easier than you might think, when they met Ted Clifton, an energy efficient builder based in Whidbey Island, WA. Clifton's design firm Zero Energy Plans, offers just that: partially pre-engineered building plan sets that make it easier for owner-builders and more traditional builders to navigate the permitting process, which in itself helps control costs. Their Zero Energy plans have been approved in more than 50 jurisdictions across the US, and there are very few firms offering this innovative approach! Eric and Alex’s 1,915 sq. ft. house ended up costing $225,000 to build, including the solar panel system (not counting the land). That translates to $124 / square foot, $114 after rebates and incentives. Compare that to an average cost of construction of $200/sf in Seattle.  Awesome right? We want to work with Eric, Alex and Mr. Clifton to add this story to the Code Innovations Database, an amazing example of how we can make it easier to build green! through innovative ways of sharing information. Read more of the details here:  http://www.ecobuilding.org/green-building/project-spotlights/ballard-net-zero-energy-house

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