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 23, 2018

The Zero Net Energy Primer: A Guide to the Future of Home Design

Designers and builders may need to make adjustments in their homes when California implements its upcoming zero energy building code for homes. Those adjustments are spelled out and illustrated in this new booklet. It’s a great guide for zero energy home design no matter where you live.
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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 16, 2018

Green Hammer: A Zero Energy Building Pioneer

Green building pioneer, Stephen Aiguier, reflects on how Green Hammer has embraced the highest level of energy efficiency and environmental sustainability by successfully integrating design and construction into a highly refined, unified design build process.
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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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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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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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