January 20, 2019

Zero Energy Proves Profitable in Vacation Rental

For most people, developing a vacation rental would be about profit. For these two Washington state couples, it was about much more. Oh, and the profit is there too.
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January 16, 2019

Mandalay Homes: Zero Energy Grid-Integrated Neighborhoods that Solve the “Duck Curve”

To stay competitive, a production builder must find a good balance between cost, price, and profit. Here’s the story of one builder who has successfully added high-performance, clean energy features to their standard offering. More importantly this builder has developed an elegant solution to the challenge of solar-powered homes producing energy when it is not needed by the grid.
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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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October 5, 2018

Make Walking and Biking Part of Your Zero Energy Lifestyle

Location is one of the first decisions made about a new home purchase, and it is one of the most consequential. While it may not occur to you that location affects energy efficiency… it does!
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October 4, 2018

Don’t Buy a New Home that Sucks!

The only reason that most people feel that their new home is okay is that their old home was even worse.
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September 23, 2018

My Zero Energy Retrofit Beats my 401(k)

This analysis, using standard business investment metrics, shows that a complete zero energy home retrofit can return 15% a year with zero risk. Beat that Wall Street!
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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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July 20, 2018

Passive House Busts High Cost Myth

The first certified Passive House in Scranton, Pennsylvania, offers more than super energy efficiency. It demonstrates that high-performance homes can be built for the same price as code-built homes.
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May 22, 2018

The Future Looks Bright for Natural Gas in Earth Advantage Zero Energy Certified Homes

Third-party certifier, Earth Advantage, has evolved their zero energy home standards to make it easier for builders to include natural gas in their zero energy homes. Here’s what they did.
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February 21, 2018

Decarbonizing Your Retirement as You “Age in Place”

The Baby Boomer generation has lived a lifestyle powered by fossil fuels. As they transition into retirement, they are uniquely positioned to lead the way to clean energy.
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