29 Jul '11, 1pm

'Net zero' living with a green home in a walkable, historic neighborhood

'Net zero' living with a green home in a walkable, historic neighborhood

Matt and Kelly Grocoff have renovated their 110-year-old home in Ann Arbor, Michigan to state-of-the-art energy standards. Their energy bills demonstrate the results: they actually generate more energy from on-site renewable sources than they consume. The Grocoffs believe they now have the oldest "net zero" home in America. There's a lot to like about this, but what I like best is that the home is green not only with respect to building energy but also with respect to transportation energy, because it is in a walkable city neighborhood of older homes on compact lots on gridded streets, with services and amenities close by. They sit within a block's walk of three schools by my count, and there is a transit line also a block away. There's a neighborhood pocket park just down their own block. There's a market, a bank branch, and several restaurants within a ten- to twelve-min...

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