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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February 14, 2018

Affordable Zero Energy Homes Take Creative Collaboration

Teamwork is the key to building zero energy homes that are functional and beautiful.
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January 5, 2018

Proper Integration of Heat Recovery Ventilators with Residential Air Handlers

Since most American homes already have a forced-air heating and cooling system, it’s almost irresistible to use the same ductwork for fresh air ventilation. But beware the pitfalls! Avoid performance-killing mistakes by following these essential guidelines. This is the second installment of a two-part series.
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December 29, 2017

Birdsmouth Construction Banks on Zero Energy

This design/build firm in Portland, Oregon, started with individual zero energy homes. Now they are in the midst of the city’s first zero energy development. With more than half the project under contract, the future looks bright.
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November 13, 2017

Don’t Repair, Replace! Bring Zero Energy Homes to Those Who Need them Most

At some point, homes can become too broken to fix. Instead of pumping public funds into lost causes, combine existing funding sources to provide new homes that are safe, healthy and dignified for a longer-term, smarter solution.
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November 13, 2017

Solving Energy Poverty: Energy Efficient Homes for Those Who Need Them Most

Efforts to address energy poverty in low-income families by helping to reduce their energy burden have been inadequate. It’s time to make these efforts more comprehensive and more effective.
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November 6, 2017

Builder Blends Zero Energy with Montana Style

Organic farming is his first love, but he also has a talent for energy-efficient home design and construction. When clients hire Bud Barta and his sons to build a top-quality home, they get advanced energy efficiency, too.
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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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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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