Homes that produce as much energy as they consume.

Net Zero Energy

Net Zero Energy is the simple concept of a home generating the same amount of energy that it consumes on an annual basis. Net zero energy is accomplished when the right combination of efficient mechanical equipment, building materials, lighting and appliances are matched with a properly sized solar electric system.

We Make it Easy: A Clear,Cost Effective Process

The Net Zero Energy Network now offers a free tool that provides architects with a simple an accurate way to plan for the right amount of solar contribution for new homes and remodels.

In about 3 minutes the program will predict how much energy a new home or remodel will consume on an annual basis, area required for the solar contribution, and a complete solar vs. the grid economic analysis. The program predicts the energy use from lights, appliances, space conditioning, domestic hot water and a variety of nonstandard usages i.e. swimming pool pumps and electric cars.

You and your client now have all the information you need to make an informed decision on whether to use grid provided electricity or solar. Just go to the Energy Calculator and fill in the specific information required for you project. If you have any questions call David Knight at (831) 372-8328 x 12.

Net Zero Energy Detailed Process

If your project requires a higher level of accuracy NZEN offers a more specific detailed process for predicting your energy use. See step 2 in the About Net Zero Energy section.

The Economics Make Sense Now

Recently, the combination of significant reductions in grid tie solar electric costs, enhanced government incentives, increased home efficiency standards and the arrival of super-efficient hydronic heat pumps have made it possible to build cost effective Net Zero Energy Homes.

Save money and the Planet

Replacing equipment powered by fossil fuels with equipment that is run by site generated solar energy creates operationally carbon neutral homes. This results in greatly diminished carbon footprints as well as decreased dependency on foreign oil.


Should Your Next Home Be a Net Zero Energy Home?