The nation is on the cusp of a dramatic movement to zero energy ready homes. This includes statewide codes, large developments, and a growing amount of commitment to the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home program. Much of this progress can be attributed to a small contingent of our nation’s leading builders who demonstrate the technical, cost, and design feasibility for this level of excellence. Winners of the 2016 DOE Housing Innovation Awards shared lessons‐learned and key challenges moving forward constructing Zero Energy Ready Homes and to provide feedback how DOE can improve the program.