While many believe it’s not possible to build a net-zero home in the Northwest climate, that’s a misconception, says Brian Abramson, co-founder of Method Homes, which constructs prefabricated energy-efficient homes that range in price from $85,000 to 1 million. The homes are all built to qualify for LEED–Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design–certification, he says, and homeowners can submit the paperwork to have their homes officially LEED certified.

“Net-zero homs are becoming more popular in the Pacific Northwest as the ways to reduce energy loads become more refined,” says Abramson. “These include efficient sources of heat such as modern heat-pump systems, domestic-hot-water technologies such as solar hot-water preheaters, and tighter building envelopes and better insulation using new house wraps.

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