Net zero cottages in suburbia

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November 18, 2014

The new hyper-sustainable homes by architect David Baker achieved all the highest possible green building ratings, and are a big hit San Francisco. But are they fit for the suburbs?
 
The home, called Zero Cottage, has produced 22 percent more energy than it consumed in its first year alone. But when put in a car-dependent suburban setting, Baker tells Build a Better Burb that it will “blow the carbon footprint out of the water.” Hence, they need to be paired with smarter suburban planning where walkability and transit are part of the overall equation.
 
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