March 21, 2018

Every School Should be a Zero Energy School: Here’s How

This new guidebook details how to make new schools achieve zero energy performance. Written by leading professional organizations, the information offers valuable guidance for designer, construction teams and school administrators.
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February 14, 2018

Affordable Zero Energy Homes Take Creative Collaboration

Teamwork is the key to building zero energy homes that are functional and beautiful.
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January 5, 2018

Proper Integration of Heat Recovery Ventilators with Residential Air Handlers

Since most American homes already have a forced-air heating and cooling system, it’s almost irresistible to use the same ductwork for fresh air ventilation. But beware the pitfalls! Avoid performance-killing mistakes by following these essential guidelines. This is the second installment of a two-part series.
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January 5, 2018

Six Steps to Success with Heat Recovery Ventilation

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December 29, 2017

States Take the Lead in Climate Action

State governments are stepping into the policy void created by the U.S. government’s denial of science and reversal of environmental rules. The latest move comes from the State of Oregon with a sweeping new initiative to promote clean energy for buildings and vehicles.
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November 13, 2017

Don’t Repair, Replace! Bring Zero Energy Homes to Those Who Need them Most

At some point, homes can become too broken to fix. Instead of pumping public funds into lost causes, combine existing funding sources to provide new homes that are safe, healthy and dignified for a longer-term, smarter solution.
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November 13, 2017

Solving Energy Poverty: Energy Efficient Homes for Those Who Need Them Most

Efforts to address energy poverty in low-income families by helping to reduce their energy burden have been inadequate. It’s time to make these efforts more comprehensive and more effective.
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November 6, 2017

Builder Blends Zero Energy with Montana Style

Organic farming is his first love, but he also has a talent for energy-efficient home design and construction. When clients hire Bud Barta and his sons to build a top-quality home, they get advanced energy efficiency, too.
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October 19, 2017

Use Your Consumer Power to Lift the Zero Energy Homes Market

Builders say they will build what people want. Real estate professionals say they help people find the house that’s right for them. Overwhelmingly, home buyers say they want high-efficiency, healthy homes. So why is the market share of these homes so low? The obvious disconnect between the demand and the supply can only be corrected if consumers use their influence to move the market. Here’s how...
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October 18, 2017

The Case for Local Action on Climate Change

Some local community leaders claim that they have no power to address climate change. While it’s certainly a big topic to tackle, it’s clear that local efforts are essential to achieving global goals. In fact, many cities and counties are showing the way.
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