Home concept

Brett and Lori Patten searched for two years to find their future home. To them, forward thinking meant more than a place to live for a long time. Their house and its renewable power sources needed to minimize utility costs, maintain good indoor air quality and above all, avoid fossil fuels to protect the future of the planet.

After exploring existing homes for sale, they decided to buy a solar-ready one. Their new residence, which is under construction by Ichijo USA in Hillsboro, is expected to have zero energy costs based on its energy performance score once photovoltaic panels are added to offset home electricity use.

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