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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March 20, 2017

Cities Leading the Way to Zero Energy

Cities, large and small, are taking the lead in reducing carbon emissions and moving rapidly to adopt zero energy policies. 2030 is the target year for many of these urban zero energy initiatives. Now is the time for building professionals to develop the skills they will need to take advantage of this growing trend.
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February 11, 2017

Renewable Energy Reaches the Tipping Point

Low-carbon fuels will drive the global economy no matter what happens with Obama’s Clean Power Plan. Renewable energy has become cheaper than fossil fuels in many circumstances, even without accounting for climate change and other externalities. And more states are buying in as a result.
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