Technology and research behind home sustainability is on the upswing, and there are a few home prototypes that feature “net-zero” or “passive” energy. This essentially means that these types of homes balance out their energy loads to even out to carbon neutral. There is a prototype for one of these in New Mexico, titled ‘VOLKsHouse.’
Designed by MoSA Architects, this is one of the first to be designed and constructed in a beautiful contemporary fashion and even boasts simple yet gorgeous finishes. But behind the beauty lies brains and sensibility. This house was 6.5% less expensive per square foot to build than a regional home of similar size (1717 square feet), and even uses 90% less energy. Seems like a no brainer to us.