April 6, 2018

Green Canopy Homes Builds Zero Energy Homes Supported by Impact Investing

This develop/design/build firm is now dedicated to 100% zero energy residential projects. Since lenders continue to neglect the growing zero energy segment, this ambitious company has created its own impact investment fund to finance their zero energy homes.
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March 27, 2018

Using Energy Modeling to Get to Zero

Designing affordable zero energy homes involves balancing numerous individual energy saving features to reach a cost-effective compromise that also meets functional needs and aesthetic standards. The predictions of two modeling programs – REM/Rate and BuildEquinox Zero – are compared to the actual energy use of a zero energy home.
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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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March 19, 2018

Innovations in a 107-Year-Old Net Positive Victorian Retrofit

What happens when you decide to buy a 1907 Victorian home in chilly Minneapolis, and then decide to turn it into a zero energy showcase? Find out from the man behind the project.
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February 21, 2018

Decarbonizing Your Retirement as You “Age in Place”

The Baby Boomer generation has lived a lifestyle powered by fossil fuels. As they transition into retirement, they are uniquely positioned to lead the way to clean energy.
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February 19, 2018

Golden Real Estate, Inc Promoting and Modeling Environmental Responsibility

Jim Smith, of Golden Real Estate, does more than sell energy efficient homes. He has demonstrated his commitment to clean energy practices in his real estate business by transforming his office building into a positive energy showcase. And he’s not done yet.
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February 16, 2018

Green Hammer: A Zero Energy Building Pioneer

Green building pioneer, Stephen Aiguier, reflects on how Green Hammer has embraced the highest level of energy efficiency and environmental sustainability by successfully integrating design and construction into a highly refined, unified design build process.
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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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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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