Several subdivision developments in the Charleston suburbs are offering net-zero energy homes. Thanks to generous South Carolina and federal tax credits, net-zero home builders are anticipating growth in the sector. “In 2011, green construction was about a 17 percent share of the overall (home building) market, and that’s up from less than 2 percent just a few years ago,” said Kevin Morrow, senior Green Homes Program manager at the National Association of Home Builders. Morrow said that by 2016, green construction is expected to make up 38 percent of home building. Two local builders have approximately 100 net-zero homes slated for the region, and if all goes well, 200 homes could be built. On Johns Island, builders are seeing an increase in demand for energy-free-living homes, with at least 35 houses to be built in the near future. Experts say the steep drop in the price of solar panels coupled with state and federal tax credits have made such homes more affordable to the average resident. | Read More