May 17, 2019

Incentivizing the Free Market to get to Zero Carbon

How to Energize the Green New Deal: Part One of a Three-Part Series. Realistic climate action requires clear goals and objectives and an achievable timeline. If it is to have any chance of becoming reality, it must also align with the free enterprise system in which most of the work is accomplished by the private sector. Here is a comprehensive set of specific goals and objectives plus how best to achieve them, with the least government involvement.

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March 17, 2019

Act on Solar Now!

The amount of Renewable Energy Tax Credit for residential and commercial buildings will soon begin a gradual decline. If you’re thinking about solar, NOW is the time to act!

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February 18, 2019

Highlighting Useful Technologies for Getting to Zero: The New Zero Energy Project Product Directory

Building materials and equipment play a key role in the efficiency and affordability of zero energy buildings. This is why we’re proud to introduce the Zero Energy Project Product Directory to help builders identify appropriate products and to stimulate the supply chain to provide products that will draw the building sector toward greater energy efficiency.

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February 15, 2019

My Zero Energy Pool is a Great Investment!

Swimming pools are great fun, but they have high running costs and a high carbon footprint. David Green cut both. Now his pool running cost is zero and so is its carbon footprint.

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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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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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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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April 25, 2018

ZeroHouse: An Affordable, Net Zero Housing Solution for Greater Toronto

Like many cities, Toronto and its surrounding area have a “missing middle” in available housing. A local group designed and built a prototype that would fill the gap with affordable, net zero energy units.

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March 27, 2018

Using Energy Modeling to Get to Zero

Designing affordable zero energy homes involves balancing numerous individual energy saving features to reach a cost-effective compromise that also meets functional needs and aesthetic standards. The predictions of two modeling programs – REM/Rate and BuildEquinox Zero – are compared to the actual energy use of a zero energy home.

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