December 20, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Green home building on the rise in New Mexico...
At a recent premier of a Zero Energy Home off Ridge Top Road, Sen. Peter Wirth announced that in 2012, 67% of the homes built in Albuquerque were Build Green New Mexico-certified and received tax credits. That's up from 20% in 2010, with large scale tract builders jumping on board. The residents are the big winners with greatly reduced utility costs all the way to net Zero Energy cost homes for around the same price as a conventional home with substantial ongoing utility costs.
In Santa Fe, Renaissance Builders is delivering cost effective net Zero Energy Homes with custom features like masonry floors, tall ceilings with vigas, stone counter tops, solid wood doors and solar electric panels concealed on the roof. Renaissance Builders has three homes under construction with two of them in the Santa Fe Historic district.