New Net Zero Home Pops Up In Maryland

Think all the net zero homes are on the West Coast? Think again, as the City of Frederick (Maryland) in partnership with The Housing Authority, Nexus Energy Homes and Maryland Clean Energy Center recently celebrated the completion of a new net zero energy home in an eco development known as North Pointe.

The City of Frederick Department of Economic Development coordinated the investment of a $70,000 repayable loan in the renewable energy components of this new home via funds provided by Maryland Clean Energy Center under the HOPE VI grant cycle nearly a decade ago — which has now, finally, come to fruition.

Nexus Energy Homes net zero home

image via Nexus Energy Homes

Lest you think it strange that public agencies would throw in on a private development, you should know that the City of Frederick has been a supporter of North Pointe from the onset of the Hope VI Project, which was designed to redevelop blighted housing projects. According to the city, Hope VI has resulted in contributing to the revitalization of the North End of Downtown Frederick.

“Nexus is very grateful to The City of Frederick for presenting us with the opportunity to not only fulfill, but expand on the goals for the new North End,” said Paul Zanecki, CEO of Nexus Energy Homes, in a statement. He notes that the construction of this renewable energy, carbon-neutral community — powered by solar and heated/cooled by geothermal — exemplifies a new model that combines both public and private resources for the greater good.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.