Is Netzero energy design practical for Mainstream Housing?

Innovation is as natural to modern life as the automobile.  Living within the sphere of this time, it seems we are unaware of how deeply we have come to expect change in general technology including, of course, computers, communication, healthcare and astrophysics.  But are we as familiar with the idea of innovation in our housing forms? 

 

People live in homes for a few years, many years, for decades, even for generations.  It is not unreasonable that houses are less likely to evolve with the times.  However, we stand on a horizon of opportunity to improve our homes and quality of life with onsite power generation.

 

Simply stated, Netzero homes are homes that produce at least as much energy as they consume.  The energy budget equation is for the built value of the home as completed and inhabited and would not typically include the energy budget used to fabricate the materials and the actual construction.  That said, an ideal energy budget would include energy compensation for Everything!  The 'Netzero home' is further differentiated from the 'Remote Home'.  Where as a Netzero home is connected to the public utility power grid through a specialized two way electric meter, the Remote Home is not connected and functions entirely on its own.  Remote homes are more difficult to achieve, because they can't rely on an outside power supply in energy troughs (nights and sunless days in the case of solar generation), or conversely can reach peak storage capacity and go no further.  Netzero recognizes the value of the overall public utility power grid, while contributing to it and achieving a valuable level of periodic autonomy. 

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