Rainer and Karen Gerbatsch were living on the east coast when they began looking for housing opportunities in the Denver area. They wanted to be closer to their daughter, who lives in Montana. Karen stumbled upon the Geos Neighborhood, a net-zero community in Arvada. Rainer and Karen purchased a Geos home in 2019, and they moved from New Jersey to Colorado with their five cats in an RV.
Rainer, who is originally from Germany, has a background in building construction. He understands the importance of an air-tight, well insulated building. Based on his experience, he believes it is critical for homeowners to take charge and to move away from fossil fuels.
Rainer said that most people think it’s too expensive to get off of gas. “It takes work and commitment, but a level of awareness of renewable energy gives a homeowner the power to determine how a home can and should be built, so that clean energy becomes the new standard.”
Affordable price for home
Excellent indoor air quality with the smart energy recovery ventilator
Very low energy costs; solar PV generates most of the home’s electricity.
Very low carbon emissions