Building where the sun shines most of the year and temperatures often soar during the summer is not a problem. Through knowledgeable architectural design your home can be ultra energy efficient ... even in Borrego Springs, California, where temperatures reach 115 degrees in the summer. This home is being monitored by the National Research Laboratory in Golden, Colorado to track how closely it gets to the goal of zero load energy use.
Through the use of passive solar heating and cooling, thoughtful siting to orient the home in terms of the sun, carefully placed and planned insulation, and the use of high efficiency products, energy use can be reduced tremendously. With the addition of photovoltaics (solar electrical power), homes can begin to reach zero energy use ... that is, little or no power needed from your local energy producer.
Today, there are many tax incentives to build green. Also, because the production of green products is increasing, prices are tumbling for products like PVC systems (photovoltaic systems). Please see the PDF titled "Tax Incentives" on our News and Media page for information regarding how to determine savings in your state.