Building America Case Study: New Town Builders' Power of Zero Energy Center, Denver, Colorado (Brochure)

Stacey Rothgeb, A. Herk, D. Prahl

Research output: NRELFact Sheet


New Town Builders, a builder of energy efficient homes in Denver, Colorado, offers a zero energy option for all the homes it builds. To attract a wide range of potential homebuyers to its energy efficient homes, New Town Builders created a 'Power of Zero Energy Center' linked to its model home in the Stapleton community of Denver. This case study presents New Town Builders' marketing approach, which is targeted to appeal to homebuyers' emotions rather than overwhelming homebuyers with scientific details about the technology. The exhibits in the Power of Zero Energy Center focus on reduced energy expenses for the homeowner, improved occupant comfort, the reputation of the builder, and the lack of sacrificing the homebuyers' desired design features to achieve zero net energy in the home. The case study also contains customer and realtor testimonials related to the effectiveness of the Center in influencing homebuyers to purchase a zero energy home.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 2014

Bibliographical note

Work performed by IBACOS, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/FS-5500-62393

Other Report Number

  • DOE/GO-102014-4465


  • Building America
  • energy efficient homes
  • marketing
  • new construction
  • occupant comfort
  • power of zero energy center
  • production builders
  • residential
  • residential buildings
  • single-family homes
  • Stapleton
  • zero energy


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