GBS Building Supply and Carolina Green Builders partnered with Genesis Homes to help raise approximately $150,000 in materials and labor for one of the Upstate’s first net-zero homes. The house, which is scheduled to be complete within the next week, will be part of Genesis Homes’ ongoing work in Greenville’s Greenline-Spartanburg neighborhood. The home will serve as an example of how sustainable building practices can help reduce energy consumption and substantially lower the cost of living.

“We’re waiting on cabinets, landscaping, and a few other items, but the finish line is definitely in sight,” Chris Baddorf, President of Carolina Green Builders and the home’s contractor, said.

The City of Greenville and GBS Building Supply will be sponsoring an open house event on Sunday, June 26 at 2:00 p.m. Light refreshments and drinks will be served. The public is encouraged to attend the ribbon cutting and tour the home afterwards to see its innovative energy-saving features. The home is located at 117 Mt. Eustis Street in Greenville.

The Net Zero Home can easily be seen atop the hill directly behind Sherwin-Williams and Henry’s Smokehouse on Wade Hampton Boulevard. Its solar panels are prominently on display from the road and will help future inhabitants save tremendously on their energy costs. During the day, the panels will generate a surplus of electricity, with the excess energy sold back to the grid. During the evening when solar panels are ineffective, the home will use standard electricity. Once complete, the home is expected to produce as much electricity as it consumes, resulting in a “net zero” in energy use.

The Greenville Area Interfaith Hospitality Network (GAIHN) has appointed a deserving family to move into the Net Zero House. The home’s solar panels will help the family save tremendously on their monthly energy costs as they continue to get back on their feet.

“It’s hard to believe that was an overgrown lot just a few months ago now showcases such a beautiful and innovative home,” Jim Childress, Executive Director of Genesis Homes, said. “We’re incredibly thankful for GAIHN, Carolina Green Builders, GBS Building Supply and the dozens of additional partners that have contributed to this project.”

Clemson University School of Architecture provided the initial design of the home, with Group 1.6 Architects providing detailed site plans and elevation drawings. Chris Baddorf of Carolina Green Builders has graciously volunteered to serve as the home’s contractor.

For more information about the event or to make a tax-deductible donation to the project, visit www.NetZeroGreenville.com.