Road construction will begin this month and be completed by the end of 2021 in Array, North Carolina’s first net-zero energy neighborhood, according to Jodi Bakst, broker owner of Real Estate Experts and Circular Design Construction in Chapel Hill. Bakst has been developing this one-of-a-kind community featuring custom high performance homes built to the National Green Building Standards and with active solar to achieve net-zero or negative net-zero energy.

The 12-lot neighborhood sits on 58 acres of Orange County, ten minutes west of downtown Carrboro and Chapel Hill, just off Orange Grove Road. The lots, which are 1.3 to 2.2 acres, back to open space. A focal point of the neighborhood is the beautiful pond. Walking trails will be incorporated throughout. A community garden and a community gathering place will create opportunities for residents to come together.

"We are focused on developing a net zero energy community because residential and commercial buildings consume 40% of our nation's energy and 25% of our fresh water. We strongly believe that building sustainably is no longer just a good idea, it is a moral imperative," said Bakst. “Array's net zero energy homes will produce as much energy as they consume as well as meet aggressive targets for water conservation and indoor air quality. Not only are these homes energy efficient with cost-savings, they are healthy too."

The homes in Array will be custom-designed for high performance and built by some of the best and most experienced green architects and builders in the Triangle area. The community will embrace all the principles of sustainable design, development and construction, including passive-house energy efficiency and PV solar arrays, sized for the maximum energy efficiency of each home. The National Green Building Standards of the homes will be certified by a third party.

The developer is working to have Array certified as a Wildlife Friendly Development by the North Carolina Wildlife Commission. The land itself is being developed to the National Green Building Standards as well.

The lot prices range from $195,000 to $225,000. Four of the twelve lots are currently reserved.

Details about the neighborhood are available at arraystustableliving.com.

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