Checking All the Boxes With Net-Zero-Energy Homes


FULLERTON, CA—It is possible to create attractive, affordable, simple-to-build and third-party-certified, energy-efficient, high-performance American homes by effectively tasking your consultants to achieve specific energy goals, Peninsula Publishing publisher Nick Slevin tells Slevin is also the developer of the ABC Green Home—a prototype for future construction, especially on the net-zero-energy front. The third installment of the ABC Green Home project will grand open today in Fullerton, CA.

The ABC Green Home was first launched in 2012 with the construction of the ABC (Affordable, Buildable, Certifiable) Green Home 1.0 at the Orange County Great Park, in conjunction with the Solar Decathlon held at the park in October 2013. Spearheaded by Slevin, working in partnership with Southern California Edison, Southern California Gas and Habitat for Humanity Orange County, the ABC Green Home’s mission is to design and build a series of net-zero-energy homes that serve as examples for the future development of high-performance energy-efficient homes as we march towards implementation of its net-zero regulations in 2020.

The ABC Green Homes are designed to be built in existing neighborhoods or as stand alone, well-optioned custom homes. The homes all use sustainable, energy-efficient building materials that are readily available from any building industry materials supplier. We spoke with Slevin about the latest installment of the project and how it checks all the boxes stakeholders find relevant in the development of energy-efficient homes.