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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February 11, 2017

Disrupting the Energy Industry with the Energy Technology Trifecta

Cheap solar electricity, on-site energy storage and electric vehicles will reshape the 21st century economy. Will today’s electric utilities position themselves wisely in this technology triangle? Or will they miss a golden opportunity?
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February 11, 2017

Getting to Zero Carbon in Menlo Park

Local governments must now take the lead to move ahead on energy efficiency. One city that shows how it’s done is Menlo Park, California. A nonprofit community organization called Menlo Spark paves the way to better buildings and transportation and resiliency in the face of an uncertain climate future.
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January 14, 2017

Three Ways Energy Ratings Support Efficiency

Home energy ratings are gaining acceptance, because they benefit consumers and housing industry professionals alike. Ratings support the value of efficient homes in the market, give builders a tool to optimize their designs, and support energy improvement financing.
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December 16, 2016

Schools Should Buy Books not Energy

Energy purchases are the second largest line item in most school budgets. That’s like throwing money away. Schools that have embraced high-performance improvements \save money and improve learning outcomes. Financing is the key to their success.
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