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Founder and Chief Designer

Ted L. Clifton has been a designer and builder for more than 45 years. Some of his credentials include:

  • NAHB Certified Graduate Builder and Master Certified Green Professional
  • Instructor for NAHB CGB, CGP and Master CPG courses
  • Seven-time National Energy Value Housing Award Winner and EVHA Remodeler of the Year
  • Three-time National Green Building Award winner for Concept & Research
  • Two-time Built Green® Washington winner for Net-Zero-Energy Home of the Year
  • President and founding Board Member of Built Green® Washington
  • Certified homes to the SICBA Built Green® five-star level, MBAKS Built Green® five-star level, and NAHB Emerald level
  • Designer of Seattle’s first true Net-Zero-Energy Home
  • Educated at Berkeley, California, Ted has worked in every phase of construction and knows first-hand what it takes to design and construct a quality home. Having built hundreds of homes as well as commercial and institutional buildings, Ted has the advantage of extensive knowledge of the means and methods used in all three. He has worked in three very different climate zones, from the foothills of California, to Ketchikan, Alaska, to Whidbey Island, Washington.

Sales & Marketing Director
dave (at) zero-energyplans.com

Dave Porter brings his sales, marketing and banking expertise to Zero-Energy Plans, LLC. Here are some of his qualifications.

  • 30 plus years of Real Estate and Mortgage Lending Experience
  • Nationally Recognized Speaker, Trainer & Writer
  • Bachelor of Arts in Education
  • Holds the following designations from the National Association of Home Builders:
  • Master, Institute of Residential Marketing, Certified Green Professional, Certified Aging in Place Specialist
  • In addition Dave has earned the LEED Green Associate and Six Sigma Green Belt designations
  • Winner of the NAR Evergreen Award
  • Serves on the National Association of Realtors Green Advisory Group
  • Co-Creator of GreenSpecialist Designation Program
  • Developer and Visionary of Going Green at the Beach

Design Contributor

Ted W Clifton, son of Ted L Clifton is the owner of TC Legend Homes in Bellingham, WA. He not only contributes to designs for Zero-Energy Plans but also builds custom homes. TC Legend homes was the builder for the MB-2 home, widely known as the “Ballard Net-Zero Home”, the first true net-zero-energy home ever built in the city of Seattle. He has contributed two plans to the Zero-Energy Plans collection.


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