October 7, 2018

The Four Zeros

A zero carbon economy is possible in four steps.
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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 25, 2018

Common Myths About Building Codes and Energy Efficiency

Facts speak louder than myths. Contrary to conventional thinking, this survey of building codes in the Northeast United States shows that energy-saving building codes don’t cost more or reduce construction activity.
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September 24, 2018

How to Save Money Building Affordable Zero Net Carbon Apartments

Giv Group just finished a zero energy affordable housing apartment project in Salt Lake City that cost less than a comparable building built to conventional energy standards. Now, they want to share what they learned so others can duplicate their accomplishment.
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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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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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