Plans underway for North Carolina’s first 100% net zero energy neighbourhood

Array, a 12-lot neighbourhood located in Orange County, will implement energy efficiency measures and solar array installations, with each house third party-certified, based on the National Green Building Standards

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Plans are underway to start construction of the first 100% net zero energy neighbourhood in North Carolina, US, starting next month.

Array, a 12-lot neighbourhood located in Orange County, will be designed and created by experienced green architects and builders, embracing all the principles of sustainable design, development and construction.

That will include the implementation of energy efficiency measures and solar array installations, with each house third party-certified, based on the National Green Building Standards.

The homes will be developed by Real Estate Experts and Circular Design Construction, which aim to have Array certified as a Wildlife Friendly Development by the North Carolina Wildlife Commission.

Jodie Bakst, Broker Owner of Real Estate Experts said: “We are focused on developing a net zero energy community because residential and commercial buildings consume 40% of our nation’s energy and 25% of our fresh water. We strongly believe that building sustainably is no longer just a good idea, it is a moral imperative.

“Array’s net zero energy homes will produce as much energy as they consume as well as meet aggressive targets for water conservation and indoor air quality. Not only are these homes energy efficient with cost-savings, they are healthy too.”

The prices for the homes range from $195,000 (£139,944) to $225,000 (£161,474).

 

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