More Than 8,000 New Net-Zero Homes Were Built Last Year

The new construction will eliminate the equivalent of nearly 78,000 tons of CO2 emissions each year

June 21, 2017

Slowly but surely, the construction of energy-efficient homes is on the rise.

Curbed reports that 33 percent more net-zero units were built in the U.S. and Canada than in 2015. The 8,023 new single-family and multifamily homes will eliminate nearly 78,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year compared to buildings that meet code compliance. That equates to 16,406 cars.

Most of the new buildings were part of large multi-unit projects. California and Massachusetts, namely the cities of Santa Monica, Calif., and Boston and Cambridge, Mass., were the leaders in net-zero construction.

The largest multi-unit project (663 units, completed and occupied) and the largest single-family project (350 units, in design) are both at the University of California Davis’s West Village, a huge residential project that’s expected to grow substantially in the coming years due to expansion.

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