October 19, 2017

Use Your Consumer Power to Lift the Zero Energy Homes Market

Builders say they will build what people want. Real estate professionals say they help people find the house that’s right for them. Overwhelmingly, home buyers say they want high-efficiency, healthy homes. So why is the market share of these homes so low? The obvious disconnect between the demand and the supply can only be corrected if consumers use their influence to move the market. Here’s how...
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October 19, 2017

Retrofit for Energy Efficiency

There are many opportunities to improve the energy performance of existing homes. Finding a good home performance contractor is the key. Sara Holman of GreenSavers shares why.
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October 18, 2017

The Case for Local Action on Climate Change

Some local community leaders claim that they have no power to address climate change. While it’s certainly a big topic to tackle, it’s clear that local efforts are essential to achieving global goals. In fact, many cities and counties are showing the way.
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September 27, 2017

From Disaster to Opportunity: Rebuild for the 21st Century

Natural disasters like the recent hurricanes of 2017 challenge us all. While natural disasters are intrinsically bad, they do present an opportunity to upgrade homes and buildings to a higher standard of performance – one that benefits the occupants, the community, and the planet as whole.
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September 24, 2017

Driving Electrification

A post-fossil fuel world means transforming all our energy uses to electricity. Is this even possible? Yes, and here are the first steps to making this a reality.
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September 23, 2017

National Association of Realtors Sustainability Survey Reveals Opportunities and Challenges

Consumers want complete information to make informed choices. A survey of real estate professionals from around the U.S. identifies key information that could help boost sales of zero energy homes.
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September 20, 2017

Wall Sensor Measures Moisture in a Double-stud Wall

Thick walls hold lots of insulation, but there’s a nagging question about condensation in these cavities. I actually measured the moisture in a 10-inch, double-stud wall in my home in Central Oregon. Here’s what I found.
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September 20, 2017

Ted Clifton on Zero Energy Plans and the Future of Zero Energy Homes

Learn how a pioneer of zero energy home design and construction has built his business on high-performance homes. Ted discusses his innovative approaches and the key to his success.
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August 24, 2017

Community Solar Brings Shaded Rooftops Into the Sun

If your home or housing situation isn’t right for rooftop solar panels, don’t give up. By joining other solar enthusiasts, you can receive the benefits of solar energy no matter how shaded your home is.
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August 24, 2017

How to Scale Home Energy Financing Products

Saving energy saves money, but sometimes financing can be challenging. This report from Rocky Mountain Institute identifies the main barriers for lending options on energy efficiency and how to overcome them.
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