Addison Homes Moves Extreme Energy-Efficiency Into the Mainstream

Addison Homes -- a builder in Greenville, South Carolina -- has announced a new community featuring several "firsts": Greenville's first mainstream, affordable Zero Net Energy home. Greenville's first DOE Challenge Home-certified neighborhood. The country's first ActiveHouse-certified neighborhood. All within a new, single-family development along the Swamp Rabbit Trail (a 17.5-mile multi-use pathway connecting Greenville to Travelers Rest).

Greenville, SC, September 05, 2013 --( A new, active-lifestyle neighborhood adjacent to the Swamp Rabbit Trail in Greenville, SC, is designed to bring extreme energy-efficiency into the Upstate South Carolina housing market.

Trailside – developed by Greenville-based Addison Homes – will be the Upstate’s first community built according to the US Department of Energy’s rigorous Challenge Home standards; it will be the first in the entire country built to ActiveHouse standards. That means these 16 ENERGY STAR-certified, solar-ready homes, priced from the $250s, promise exceptional levels of energy savings as well as elevated indoor air quality, comfort and durability.

Trailside’s model home takes this extreme efficiency one small step further as a “Zero Net Energy” property.

“Zero Net Energy homes are designed to create as much energy as they use,” explains Addison Homes President Todd Usher, who builds 100% of his energy-efficient homes to Energy Star®, EarthCraft House™ and/or DOE Challenge Home standards. “There have been so many intriguing advances in ZNE construction of late, moving it from theory into mainstream possibility. Zero Net Energy and Near-Zero Net Energy homes can now be affordable, cost-effective and, of course, attractive.”

A Zero Net Energy home begins with ultra-efficiency – via energy-savvy design, green construction techniques and high-performance products/systems – to reduce utility consumption, then adds an external energy source, typically solar, to produce sufficient electricity to meet (or even exceed) the home’s minimal remaining energy needs.

“From the outside, a Zero Net Energy home looks just like any other,” Usher says, “but within that mainstream exterior is a means to forego excessive, and expensive, consumption. Zero Net Energy lets you avoid unnecessary utility costs – no more worries about sudden energy price spikes, no more guilt over carbon emissions – so you can focus more of your own energy on pursuing an active, healthy lifestyle.”

Trailside is located off Watkins Bridge Road along the Swamp Rabbit Trail, offering unprecedented access to Greenville’s popular 17.5-mile pathway as well as convenient proximity to recreational, educational and cultural amenities at nearby Furman University. The community is 5.5 miles from downtown Greenville.

Addison Homes will break ground on Trailside in mid-September; pre-sales are under way now. For more details, visit

About Addison Homes:
Addison Homes builds all of its homes to rigorous ENERGY STAR® and EarthCraft House™ standards. As a leader in sustainable, high-performance building, Addison Homes has received numerous awards and recognition including the 2012 Master Certified Green Builder of the Year Award from the National Association of Home Builders; 2011 EarthCraft House™ Gold Project of the Year Award; 2011 Green Building Advocate of the Year Award from NAHB; 2011 Certified Graduate Builder of the Year Award from NAHB; 2010 Safety Award for Excellence from NAHB/Builders Mutual Insurance Company; 2010 Finalist, America’s Best Builder Award from BUILDER magazine; 2009 Builder of the Year Award from the Home Builders Association of Greenville; 2008 Individual Environmental Stewardship Award from the Upstate Chapter of the US Green Building Council; Upstate Forever’s 2008 Sustainable Communities Champion; and 2007 EarthCraft House™ Regional Builder of the Year Award. For more information, visit
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Diane Jackson