Net-Zero Housing Construction Still Small, but Rising Steadily

By Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor | August 19, 2019
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Net-zero housing is still a small fry in overall construction starts, but its numbers are rising steadily, according to the fourth annual Team Zero (formerly the Net Zero Energy Coalition) survey. The number of housing units grew by 59% in the U.S. and Canada last year. That’s up from just under 14,000 in 2017 to 22,146 last year.
 
The totals consist of units that are in design, in construction, or have been completed. When the number of housing units still in the planning stage is added, the total goes up by another 31,000.
 
One key finding is that most of the growth continues to be in projects of two or more housing units, with much less in single-family custom homes.

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