October 17, 2019

Risky Choices When Buying a Home: It’s no Game

People don’t always make rational choices. Why would a home buyer purchase a conventional home that is actually more expensive overall than a high-performance home? It’s all about how people assess risk. Erase40 provides a tool to help homebuyers make better decisions.

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September 10, 2019

We Electrified Everything – and So Can You!

This middle-class family disconnected from fossil methane and saved money. See their step-by-step approach to powering their home and car with renewable energy.

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September 9, 2019

LEED v4.1 Goes Zero

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced an update to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the most widely used green building program in the world. What’s new with LEED version 4.1? Net zero certifications for carbon, energy, water and waste. With these certifications and and its upgraded recertification program, LEED is truly a leader in encouraging climate-friendly green buildings.

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September 5, 2019

Low Income Homeowners Benefit Most From Zero Energy Homes

There is a housing affordability crisis across the United States. Here are eight ways that zero energy helps make homes affordable for those that need it most.

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July 18, 2019

Growth in Zero Energy Home Building Continues to Surge

The most recent inventory of zero energy homes by Team Zero, formerly the Net Zero Energy Coalition, has just been released. The sector is steadily growing in the US and Canada.

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July 15, 2019

Modern Mobility Must Shift to Clean Energy

Transportation accounts for 29% of the greenhouse gas emissions in the US and 94% of the transportation fuel comes from petroleum. At the center of this big problem is the American addiction to dirty, inefficient internal combustion vehicles.

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July 14, 2019

Zero Energy: the Ultimate in Green Building

Energy efficiency is at the core of all green building certification programs. It’s time to ratchet up these modest improvements to make homes as green as they can be by operating them entirely with clean energy.

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July 14, 2019

The Future is Electric

Natural gas is no more natural than coal or petroleum, and must be phased out rapidly. This means that all new buildings must be powered by clean electricity from renewable sources. It’s just common sense.

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June 18, 2019

Getting to Zero: Buildings, Transportation and Agriculture

Energizing the Green New Deal Part Three is the final installment of our three-part series on realistic, primarily market-based methods for creating a zero carbon economy. Buildings are responsible for about 40% of greenhouse gas emissions and transportation for another 29%, so there is a lot of work to do there. Agriculture and forestry are two more fields that must be addressed.

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June 18, 2019

Getting to Zero: Utilities and Industry

The future is electric and the power will come mostly, if not entirely, from renewable sources. In Part Two of Energizing the Green New Deal, we get specific about strategies that utilities and heavy industry can utiliz e to address climate change and make a profit at the same time. Utilities will play a central role in guiding development of renewable resources and efficient ways to deploy them. Industry may present the greatest challenges, but there are existing technologies to smooth the transition, plus smart incentives and new technologies in the pipeline.

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