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New Construction Homes Moving Towards Net Zero, California Leads The Way

More and more, people are looking for new construction homes to have energy-saving features, and California is leading the way, by requiring all new homes to be built to net zero energy standards by 2020.

In an effort to help homebuilders continue to develop net zero homes, US solar company SunPower has launched SunPower Up — a new program that will combine customer segmented sales and marketing strategies for builders that it hopes will help homebuilders meet the growing need and desire for net zero new construction homes.

“Through our innovative SunPower Up program, we’ll continue to help homebuilders cost-effectively meet stringent energy codes and higher demand for net-zero energy design,” said Howard Wenger, SunPower president, business units. “Homebuyers and homebuilders today understand the return on investment that an energy efficient home delivers, and we look forward to helping both meet their sustainability goals with solar from SunPower.”

Launched this week at PCBC, the largest homebuilding tradeshow representing the US west coast, SunPower Up will also provide homebuilders with the company’s SunPower Equinox solar solution, which can deliver 70% more energy over 25 years with 70% fewer visible parts.

SunPower Up will be particularly important in California, whose state energy code, Title 24, requires all new homes to be built to net-zero energy standards by 2020. SunPower hopes its new offering will help homebuilders keep their construction costs down while ensuring that net zero standards are met and new energy is generated from clean sources. SunPower has also recommitted to California’s New Solar Homes Partnership program which offers assistance to homebuilders constructing energy-efficient, solar-powered homes through June 1, 2018.

“For the last five years, we have offered SunPower solar as a standard feature in many KB Home communities,” said Jacob Atalla, KB Home, vice president, sustainability initiatives, a long-time SunPower partner. “KB Home is being proactive in meeting the state’s new energy codes, and SunPower’s understanding of the homebuilding industry combined with their reliable, high-efficiency solar solutions offer one of the most cost-effective ways for us to accomplish this, while also delivering valuable savings to our homeowners.”

The race for net zero new construction homes is only going to continue, with 47 states and municipalities throughout the US adopting the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code.

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