November 14, 2018

Zero-Energy Homes Are Ready for Mainstream Markets

A new study shows that the cost of zero energy homes is very close to that of homes built to code. Best of all, costs are dropping and the trend is expected to continue.
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November 14, 2018

Energy Efficiency Employs 2.25 Million Americans

A state-by-state report of clean energy jobs by E4TheFuture makes a powerful statement about the economic importance of the energy efficiency industry. Twenty-seven states each have more than 50,000 energy efficiency workers. Twenty-five states have more than 30,000. The number of energy efficiency jobs grew 3% in 2017 and the good news doesn’t stop there...
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November 12, 2018

Stand up and be counted!

If you design, build or are otherwise involved in a new zero energy home or building, the Net Zero Energy Coalition wants to hear from you. They have been tracking the significant growth of zero energy buildings for several years. In 2017, there were 70% more projects than a year earlier. Submit your project for the annual inventory and be counted!
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October 7, 2018

The Four Zeros

A zero carbon economy is possible in four steps.
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September 25, 2018

Common Myths About Building Codes and Energy Efficiency

Facts speak louder than myths. Contrary to conventional thinking, this survey of building codes in the Northeast United States shows that energy-saving building codes don’t cost more or reduce construction activity.
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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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