Photo Credit: Bailey and Steven Haines

When two dedicated Carbondalians decided to hand-build their dream home from scratch, and pull off the ultimate green-building magic trick — creating a home that produces more energy than it uses — they made many discoveries.

Two standouts:

1) It is possible to build something beautiful, affordable and beyond carbon neutral. (They beat the “HERS” rating by a factor of 10.)

2) Their energy-saving efforts earned them $17,000 in cash-back rebates and a Net Zero grant, one of CORE’s first.

Check out photos from the job site and dig into details in this Roaring Fork Lifestyle feature told by Nicolette Toussaint.