The technology involved in building and designing a cost-effective zero energy home is well established. The resources below provide the basic information needed for a successful zero home project. And since new technologies and strategies for lowering cost and improving effectiveness are advancing steadily, you can stay abreast of the latest developments in zero energy building advances by signing up for our Builders and Designers Zero Home Newsletter (link).


The Power of Zero: Learning from the World’s Leading Net Zero Buildings,” by Brad Liljequist

The New Net Zero: Leading-Edge Design and Construction of Homes and Buildings for a Renewable Energy Future,” by William Maclay and Maclay Architects

Toward a Zero Energy Home: A Complete Guide to Energy Self-Sufficiency at Home,” by David Johnston and Scott Gibson

Energy Free: Homes for a Small Planet,” by Ann Edminster

Green from the Ground Up: Sustainable, Healthy, and Energy-Efficient Home Construction,” by David Johnston and Scott Gibson

The Not So Big House: A Blueprint for the Way We Really Live,” by Sarah Susanka

Net Zero Energy Buildings, Passive House + Renewables,” A free e-book by NAPH Network


Videos – New Construction

Zero Energy Home Building Techniques with Bill Hull

Twelve Essential Steps to Net Zero Energy with Ted Clifton

Chasing Net Zero Series by Green Energy Futures


Videos – Renovating to Zero

Shelter: How to Destroy the Planet from the Comfort of Home with Matt Grocoff

Healthy Home Healthy Planet



A Net-Zero-Energy House for $125 a Square Foot,” Eric Thomas,, January 7, 2013

Net-Zero For a Competitive Price,”, November 26, 2012

Making Net-Zero Affordable,” Solar Today, November/December 2011

Choose the Low Hanging Fruit,” Norbert Lechner, Solar Today, November/December 2011

Study Shows That Expensive Windows Yield Meager Energy Returns,” Martin Holliday,, September 12, 2012

Identifying Affordable Zero Energy House Solutions,” Gary Proskiw, Natural Resources Canada, November 26, 2010



Green Building Advisor

Net Zero Energy Coalition

International Living Future Institute

Passive House

Earth Advantage

Zero Energy House

Building America Solution Center

Green Building

Building Green

Solar Energy Industries Association

Solar Action Alliance