July 23, 2018

Sell Zero Homes by Changing RISK Behaviors

People often make choices with negative impacts to their health, wealth, and overall well being without realizing it. These are called risk behaviors, and there is a large body of research about techniques to help people make healthier, more positive decisions. Here are ways these techniques can be used to influence people to buy zero energy homes.
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June 21, 2018

How to Sell Zero Energy Homes to Americans

A report by the Shelton Group shows a gap between how Americans value the environment and their lack of willingness to take action to protect the environment. The good news is that Americans do prefer to purchase environmentally conscious products. Zero energy builders, designers, and realtors can use the insights from this report to more effectively market zero energy homes.
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May 17, 2018

Improving Efficiency of Existing Commercial Buildings Cost Effectively

A Colorado project shows how a PACE loan changed the calculus of energy efficiency investments for one leaseed commercial complex. Energy savings for this project exceed the payments, so property owners and tenants are cash flow positive immediately.
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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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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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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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June 20, 2017

Clean Energy is Driving Job Growth Across the Economy

The energy sector is a significant employer. New data show that clean energy jobs in wind, solar and efficiency now outnumber those in fossil fuel extraction and processing. Moreover, 41 have more clean energy jobs than fossil fuel jobs.
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June 19, 2017

Optimized Occupant Experience: Value Beyond Energy Savings in Commercial NZE Buildings

The most valuable asset of any building is the people inside. Many of the benefits of zero energy buildings directly benefit these occupants. Keeping building occupants happy, healthy and productive may be the most important bottom line benefit of zero energy commercial buildings.
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April 20, 2017

Zero Energy Advocate Profile: Earth Advantage

Making buildings better has been their aim for more than a decade. Now Earth Advantage has set its sights on making zero energy buildings a reality in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
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April 7, 2017

The Best Cities for Living Without a Car

Commuting to work, school and shopping has far less impact if you don't drive an automobile. Redfin has compiled a list of the top-ten large cities for living car-free.
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