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 7, 2017

Launching California’s Largest Zero Energy Community

With the recent opening of their EnVision community in Loma Vista, California, De Young Properties offers customers zero energy ready homes that are also healthy and comfortable. Brandon De Young explains the company’s motivation and philosophy in this exclusive Zero Energy Project interview.
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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 24, 2017

Does ‘Net Zero’ Live Up to the Hype?

There are those that say zero energy buildings are just another fad. This post lays out seven great reasons that zero energy is here to stay as a central theme of design, construction and real estate development.
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October 19, 2017

Retrofit for Energy Efficiency

There are many opportunities to improve the energy performance of existing homes. Finding a good home performance contractor is the key. Sara Holman of GreenSavers shares why.
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September 27, 2017

From Disaster to Opportunity: Rebuild for the 21st Century

Natural disasters like the recent hurricanes of 2017 challenge us all. While natural disasters are intrinsically bad, they do present an opportunity to upgrade homes and buildings to a higher standard of performance – one that benefits the occupants, the community, and the planet as whole.
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September 20, 2017

Ted Clifton on Zero Energy Plans and the Future of Zero Energy Homes

Learn how a pioneer of zero energy home design and construction has built his business on high-performance homes. Ted discusses his innovative approaches and the key to his success.
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August 23, 2017

Is Cleaner Really Greener?

I cleaned the dust off of my solar panels and saw a 6.8% increase in production. Is it really worth the trouble? That depends.
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July 26, 2017

Loxone Smart Home Systems: New Energy Saving Strategies for Zero Energy Homes

Home energy conservation meets home automation in this new system. It senses conditions in the home and adjusts equipment to improve comfort and save energy. It can also optimize solar battery operation.
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