July 26, 2017

New Report Shows Big Jump in Net-Zero Energy Homes

Zero energy buildings are no longer a niche market according to a new report. As the zero energy sector enters the mainstream, it generates increasing revenue and reduces carbon emissions.
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July 24, 2017

Simple Techniques for Lowering the Cost of Zero Energy Homes

How can can costs be cut on the construction of affordable zero energy homes? This Habitat for Humanity zero energy home demonstration project documented $3,000 in construction cost savings.
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June 25, 2017

Builder Profile: Solaire Homebuilders

Mike and Cindi O’Neil share some lessons from more than 20 years of building high-performance homes. Now the company specializes in zero energy homes. Learn what draws clients to them and how they have made energy efficiency their bread and butter.
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June 20, 2017

Energy Efficiency in Multifamily Projects – A Win for Lenders, Borrowers and Renters

Perhaps the biggest barriers to energy efficiency in multifamily buildings are not technology, but business and finance. A new handbook shows you the ins and outs of financing. Written for project owners and lenders, this guide includes many specific suggestions and examples.
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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

Product Spotlight: Recouperator ER80M

Many zero energy homes and apartments are too small for standard-size central ventilation systems. This new product from UltimateAir addresses this market with small size, variable-speed operation, and high efficiency.
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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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May 22, 2017

CO2 Takes Heat Pump Water Heaters to the Next Level

Heat pumps are revolutionizing home water heating. Now there’s a product that reaches new heights of efficiency and carbon neutrality and can be used in a variety of applications. It’s a split-system CO2-based heat pump water heater that works even in very cold climates.
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May 21, 2017

Why Zero Energy Homes Seldom Use Natural Gas

Electricity powers virtually all zero energy homes, while most conventionally-built homes use natural gas for space and water heating. Why is that? In a nutshell it has to do with cost, efficiency, and climate change.
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May 21, 2017

How Abode Builders Makes Zero Energy Homes More Affordable

Adobe Builders set out to create affordable, zero energy homes in Seattle. They reduced cost with good design, placing a priority on the building shell and developing an efficient construction process.
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