Turn your home budget into a dream investment.
With the same amount of money it costs to build a conventional home, we can create an ultra-low energy home that works within your building budget and even “pays you back” over time.
The energy cost savings you will realize, combined with available tax credits you may earn with your sustainable home, make the move to zero-energy living a dream investment that keeps on paying off.
1. Exponential energy savings
A typical 2,500 square-foot Zero E Home in northern New Mexico will save in the range of $35,000 in 10 years in heating and domestic hot water cost alone, compared to the same home built conventionally.
The annual energy savings, along with associated energy price increases, compound over time the same way earnings in a long-term mutual fund do. The accumulated savings “snowball” into a hefty sum compared to conventional home energy costs.
Look at the numbers. The savings potential is dramatic.
A Passive House offers radical savings annually that continue to grow over time.
2. Available Tax credits
If your home project earns enough points for a LEED Platinum or Build Green New Mexico (BGNM) Emerald certification qualifying you for the N.M. Sustainable Building Tax Credit. The credit is $9 per square foot for the first 2,000 square feet (up $18,000 total).
High points for our homes
Zero Energy-designed homes earn extremely high points in the Energy category of the LEED and BGNM ratings, which means that you may not need to use the points for your solar electric or solar thermal system to qualify for LEED Platinum or BGNM Emerald. In that case, the efficiency of the design earns enough points to qualify you for the highest certification, making you eligible for an additional 40% in combined tax credits— 10% State and 30% Federal—on your solar systems.
When all is said and done, a Passive House design offers you tremendous independence and savings that help you live much more affordably and more comfortably, with built-in security against rising energy costs and increase resale value in the future. What’s not to like about that?