The Power of Zero: Inside Net Zero Home Building


What is net zero home home building?

"Net Zero," or as we call them at Hibbs Homes, "Hibbs Zero" is a type of home that is grid-tied, meaning they produce as much of the renewable energy as they consume on a yearly basis. The result is a dramatic reduction in energy bills, in some cases - as low as a net of zero each year. Bonus: Going truly net zero means a carbon-free home - less pollution, inside & out.

Superior building systems and energy efficient designs in conjunction with solar panels installed on site allow net zero homes to experience renewable energy. The lack of carbon makes these homes an extremely healthy and sustainable option for you. At the same time, they're ultra comfortable, quiet, and more affordable than you'd ever have imagined. Let's take a look at the benefits of opting for Hibbs Zero when you build your custom home.

You'll save a dramatically on your energy bills.

Photovoltaic Solar Energy StraightUpSolar St Louis Green Home BuilderThe moment you step into your net zero home, you can breathe easier about your day-to-day costs, especially your utility bills - which drop down to zero or near zero! High energy bills have a tendency of draining your bank account dry, but with a net zero home, you'll be paying next to nothing for as long as you live there.

One reason for this is that the up-front investment will actually be lower than your energy savings every month. Solar equipment and advanced roofing technology make for exceptional energy efficiency. As a green home builder, we choose materials and systems that will provide you the greatest value over the life of your home, including state-of-the-art solar equipment from our partners at StraightUp Solar

StraightUp Solar's photovoltaic systems are one of the best investments a homeowner can make - one that increases a home's value. The team at StraightUp can assist with federal tax credits, and any state residential solar incentives available at te time that you build.

You'll be able to lead a healthier lifestyle.

Zero energy homes allow you to breathe the cleanest air possible. From the ground up, we eliminate toxins and opportunities for mold and mildew. The materials we use are free from volatile organic compounds (VOC's) and other harsh chemicals. When you live in the midwest and suffer from seasonal allergies (as most of us in St. Louis do), this home can be your safe haven, a place where you can feel good all of the time. 

These homes are sustainable and eco-friendly.

Not only are these homes energy efficient, but they also dramatically decrease your carbon footprint. A zero energy home is a positive contributor to the environment in terms of reducing pollution and harmful substances.  When your build a home with solar photovoltaic systems, every kWh produced from solar, saves a pound of imported coal.

Less maintenance because of increased durability.

Hibbs Homes' zero energy homes come back with some of the most fantastic features you'll find in the marketplace. One of these is the presence of thicker walls that allow for an extra degree of protection from the external environment than do normal homes. This enables the home to withstand the ill effects of weather for a much longer period of time.

Unsurpassed comfort.

Better insulation ensures that the house remains comfortable inside, while simultaneously keeping allergens and pollutants outside. At Hibbs Homes, insulation is achieved using state of the art products from Owens Corning.

Additionally, the state of the art HVAC systems we choose will allow for total control over temperature regulation in the home. One of our preferred options in any energy efficient house is to use The Unico System, an incredible HVAC system that uses less energy, provides cleaner air, and saves energy, unlike any other system.

Click here to read more about how The Unico System is our "secret weapon" in building a better home. You'll be surprised at the difference a simple HVAC system can make.

Learn more about Hibbs Zero - our net zero and net zero ready energy efficient home building options at

Interested in an energy efficient home? Hibbs Homes is the best choice for people looking to build a net zero home in St. Louis. We are a certified high performance home builder, offering options for energy efficient homes. Contact us now.

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