House of the Future Is Here Today, Generates Twice the Energy It Uses

By Lorraine Chow, EcoWatch – Buildings can suck up a lot of energy. Etimates say that the nation’s 114 million households and 4.7 million commercial buildings account for nearly 40 percent of total U.S. energy use, as well as 38 percent of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions. In order to slash our reliance on natural resources, it’s increasingly clear that green buildings are one of the ways forward, and the Active House B10 is a great contender for a more sustainable future. According to its project description, the Active House generates twice the amount of energy it needs thanks to the photovoltaic panels on the roof, and does not produce any emissions. The 970-square-foot house, completed last July, uses smart-grid technology and is so energy efficient it also powers a pair of electric cars as well as a building in the neighboring Weissenhof Museum. Additionally, since it’s a prefab, it only takes a single day to...

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