Question: What do you do when you want to build net-zero homes, but homebuyers won’t pay the added cost and government mortgage programs won’t factor $0 spent on utilities into the mortgage affordability equation? Answer: You make the whole community net-zero, and charge homeowners for the cost of that as a utility bill.
Subhi’s team launched the largest zero-carbon community in North America, transforming energy systems by connecting approximately 400 homes to a geo-exchange network in a Toronto suburb. That will use zero-carbon ground-source energy to provide heating, cooling and domestic hot water and avoid ~1,000 tonnes of CO2e annually. He also led a major home developer to embed “ecobee” smart-home technology into every new home as a standard feature, expected to reduce energy consumption by 23%.