August 4, 2022

Home Energy Scores: If Ireland Has Them, Why Not the US?

No need to wait: Homebuyers and sellers can require energy efficiency scores and upgrades now

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August 3, 2022

EEBA Launches Free Online Database of Sustainable Building Products for Your Home

The Energy & Environmental Building Alliance (EEBA) and ecomedes have compiled a trove of eco-friendly building products for your home: the EEBA & ecomedes sustainable building products database. This free online tool is designed to help you find the green materials you need in a snap. Users can select products by sustainability attributes, labels, and […]

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May 16, 2022

Double Stud Wall Simplified – Low Cost, High Performance

The double-stud wall is a well-established method for creating a very economical, durable, and high R-value assembly in new construction.

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March 9, 2022

What Is a Mini-Split Heat Pump?

They’re all the rage in the world of high-performance HVAC. But what exactly is a mini-split heat pump?

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January 13, 2022

Builder Training & Consumer Demand Are Key To Getting to Zero

Together we are  building demand for zero energy homes by arming consumers and professionals with resources to plan their own path to zero

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September 20, 2021

Thinking Inside the Box

Factory-built homes show great promise for zero energy housing. This company is combining high performance and small size with low cost to meet the housing challenges of the coming decade. 

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August 6, 2021

Financing Energy-Efficient Housing on a Massive Scale 

There is one major obstacle to the widespread transition to zero energy homes: The mortgage industry has been slow to recognize their higher market value and reluctant to finance the additional upfront cost of financially sound energy efficiency features. One solution is a system to create mortgage backed securities specifically for energy efficient homes. 

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August 5, 2021

Zero Homes Are Great: Let’s Make Them Better — Zero 2.0

Ten years ago, making a home or building generate as much energy as it uses over the course of a year seemed an immense challenge. Tens of thousands of these advanced energy-efficient structures have been built. But they need to be better to meet the challenges of climate change, health, security, and resilience. So what’s next? Zero 2.0! 

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July 19, 2021

Simple Steps to Maintain Zero Energy Home Appliances

Zero energy homes have many advanced features and systems. After you have your very own zero energy home, you’ll want to keep it operating at peak efficiency. Fortunately, home maintenance for these homes is not more difficult or time consuming than for conventional homes.  

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June 14, 2021

Low Carbon Kitchens

Whether you’re building a new home or replacing worn out appliances, you’ll want to choose products that reduce energy use and your carbon footprint. Some choices are just improved versions of familiar products, and other options may be completely new. Make your next kitchen a 21st century kitchen — ready for our zero carbon future.

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June 14, 2021

Products Used to Get to Zero

You can’t build or remodel a home on the path to zero without buying suitable materials and equipment. That’s why the Zero Energy Project offers a select list of product ideas that can smooth your path to zero. Check out the new products that have been recently added to the Zero Energy Product Directory!

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May 7, 2021

Healthy Air in the Best and Worst of Times

Super airtight construction and heat recovery ventilation are necessary companions for zero energy homes. But the outside air may not be as clean as we think. Increasingly common extreme pollution events can overwhelm most fresh air systems. It’s time to make high-efficiency filtration a standard feature of zero homes.

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