A Radically Efficient Memphis Home Raises the Bar for Sustainability

Architect Barry Alan Yoakum draws on decades of experience to build what, by one measure, is the first zero-energy, zero-carbon home in the world.

People who move to New Urbanist communities tend to be fans of traditional architecture. But architect Barry Alan Yoakum was drawn to Harbor Town, a 32-year-old enclave just north of downtown Memphis, not by the historical styles of its homes but by its walkability and a requirement that houses have porches overlooking small front yards— features that promote sociability and healthy living. 

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