February 1, 2019

Every State has Home Energy Efficiency Assistance Programs. Find Yours.

No matter where you live, there is financial assistance to help you improve the energy efficiency of your home and save money. These states are leading the pack, but even if you live elsewhere, you can still find technical and financial help.
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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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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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