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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July 16, 2018

Is Aerobarrier the Future of Air Sealing?

Imagine a world where a builder can set a precise level of building air tightness, pay one contractor to deliver it, and reach the same performance standard on every home. That world is here... today.
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July 12, 2018

HVAC Design Strategies for High-Performance Homes

One payoff of a super insulated building envelope is a smaller heating and cooling system. Achieving the payoff requires HVAC contractors to plan and implement the project a bit differently than a typical one.
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June 19, 2018

Product Spotlight: Smart Energy Recovery Ventilation with CERV2

High-performance homes deserve high-performance ventilation. BuildEquinox now offers a second generation ventilation system with an integrated heat pump and sophisticated user-friendly controls.
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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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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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January 19, 2017

How Builders Can Best Sell their Highly Energy Efficient Homes

High-performance homes have many cool features that are not always obvious to buyers. As a builder, you want the effort and expense you’ve invested in the home to be effectively represented to potential buyers. That means engaging real estate brokers and appraisers who have the training, knowledge and experience to recognize these features and communicate the benefits effectively.
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October 24, 2016

Football Goes Green… and It’s Not Turf

Sports arenas around the world are joining the zero energy wave. Your next game could be carbon-neutral. If football stadia can become zero energy, shouldn’t the homes we build be zero energy too?
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November 12, 2015

Zero Energy Multifamily Buildings: Three Case Studies

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