March 23, 2017

Why Build Zero Energy Homes?

Sam Rashkin, Chief Architect at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office, outlines the case for building and designing zero energy and zero energy ready homes.
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March 23, 2017

How to Sell High-Efficient Homes of the Future

Have you ever tried to explain what makes a zero energy building better? It’s harder than it seems to explain a sometimes complicated theory in a clear and compelling way. Sam Raskin, Chief Architect at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office, has shares how we can improve zero energy home marketing.
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March 23, 2017

Zero Energy Upgrades Could Cost Zero Dollars

There’s a way to pay for the entire cost of the upgrades needed to take a home all the way to zero energy. Find out how and use our handy cost calculator to estimate the price of your own project.
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March 22, 2017

Save Energy to Make Jobs

If you wanted to be called a business genius, you would look to future for the “next big thing,” right? Here’s a hot tip: renewable energy and energy efficiency are the job creators of the future.
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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 15, 2017

Hot water from the Sun for the 21st-Century

Remember the days of the trusty solar thermal water heater? For single-family homes, there is a newer and cheaper technology - one that even a solar purist can embrace.
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February 13, 2017

Deep Energy Retrofits Class Gets Better, Faster, Cheaper

Heatspring has given Marc Rosenbaum’s acclaimed class on improving energy efficiency in existing homes a complete technology upgrade. It’s more convenient, cheaper and packed with valuable information for builders and designers alike.
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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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