Along with the MB-1 and MB-2, this is one of our most popular plans. The MB-1 (too big?) came first, it has extensive outdoor living areas, and a semi-attached garage. The MB-2 (too small?) had to be slimmed down due to lot-size and budget constraints. The MB-3 (just right!) has just enough timber-framed covered porch to provide some nice shady areas in the heat of the summer, and an attached garage with available roof deck. Any of three main floor plans can be used (see the MB-1 and MB-2 plans for other options), and either of the upper floor plans can also be substituted at no extra charge. The original version was designed to achieve net-zero-energy with about 7 KW of PV on the roof, but actual performance has shown a surplus of about 1,500 Kwh per year for the first two years. This is enough energy to power a Nissan Leaf up to 5,250 miles per year. The main roof of this house has enough prime, south-faceing area for 3 KW of additional panels, which would power the car for an additional 12,500 miles per year! This Positive NRG™ Home will POWER YOUR LIFE!
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Along with the MB-1 and MB-2, this is one of our most popular plans. The MB-1 (too big?) came first, it has extensive outdoor living areas, and a semi-attached garage. The MB-2 (too small?) had to be slimmed down due to lot-size and budget constraints. The MB-3 (just right!) has just enough timber-framed covered porch […]
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What's Included in Our Zero-Energy Home Packages
We provide the most complete plan packages available on the market. We are interested in the ultimate success of your project, not just in selling a set of house plans.
Please scroll down to view the list of pages and information included in our plan packages.
The following table describes the typical number of plan copies needed to build one of our Low Energy Use Homes.
Basic Plan Set
Our Basic Plan Set includes just one copy of each page, for a total of approximately fifteen pages if on 11×17 paper, about eight pages if on 24×36 paper. Our pages can be either be printed on 11×17 paper, in high resolution, either 1/8″ or 3/16″ scale, depending on the size of the house, or we can print on full 24’x36″ “D” size architectural paper. Some local Building Departments have expressed an appreciation for the smaller size of page, because of the readability, and ease of viewing multiple pages at one time. It is also much easier to get additional copies made if you should need them. Larger page sizes are required by some jurusdictions, so be sure to ask before completing your order which size is required.
Full Building Set
Our Full Building Set includes the total number of plan pages shown on the spreadsheet below, at a slightly increased price to cover our additional costs.
Our Basic Plan Set and Full Building Set both include the Heat Loss Calculation Spreadsheet, Heating/Cooling system specifications, SIPS shop drawings, and Built Green® checklist.