Zero Energy Modular (ZEM) construction applies advanced, efficient construction techniques to build healthy, durable homes that generate as much energy as they use annually. With reduced construction schedules and low combined mortgage and energy bills that appeal to homebuyers, ZEM is an opportunity to boost affordable housing production that meets the needs of today’s Massachusetts builders. 

ZEM Affordable Housing Initiative is supported in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources.  

The initiative provides the following support for housing developers building for low-income homeownership: 

  • Ensure that builders receive all available incentives to bring down the cost of the home, including securing a grant. 
  • Technical assistance on home design and installation. 
  • Post-installation monitoring to support resident satisfaction. 

For homebuyers interested in Zero Energy Manufactured Homes, the initiative can help buyers find a lot for their home by actively recruiting resident-owned communities. 

Homebuyers supported through ZE-MAHI must meet the following income eligibility criteria: 

Program Eligibility