April 9, 2021

With Electric Cars Rolling, Washington Should Now Turn to Electric Homes

Electric vehicles are rolling off assembly lines and onto American roadways in ever increasing numbers. This is not a random economic shift. Significant government support over the last decade has greased the skids. Now it’s time to apply the same financial incentives and regulatory support for zero energy homes.

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January 11, 2021

Community Solar: My Experience

Rooftop solar may be ideal for some, but it can be out of reach for others. If you want to live on locally-generated, clean renewable energy, consider a community solar program. Here’s how one family jumped on board and saved money, too.

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July 21, 2020

Six Cities Forge Ahead with Home Energy Disclosures – How Your City Can Join Them

Leading U.S. cities are filling a crucial information gap in the residential real estate market by requiring home energy disclosures for potential homebuyers: a much needed transparency measure and consumer protection practice. This process provides buyers with an energy efficiency rating on every property listed for sale. An online resource and a support network are available for local governments that want to adopt similar energy disclosure measures.

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June 12, 2020

Does Your Insulation Have Low Embodied Carbon?

Zero energy homes need thick layers of insulation, but some materials have serious climate impacts. Identify the key factors that affect the carbon footprint of insulation materials and some good choices for future projects.

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June 8, 2020

The Many Benefits of All-Electric Design

Decades of advertising tell us that gas is cheap. Even without factoring in the cost of climate change, natural gas is no longer the least expensive choice for residential use. It’s a new era of cost-effective, low carbon, all-electric homes.

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January 18, 2020

Electric Vehicles, Positive Energy Buildings, and Alternative Transportation

The rapid adoption of electric vehicles is an essential step in the transition to a post-carbon society. There will be challenges to making this transition to an all electric transportation system based on renewable energy. Luckily, positive energy buildings combined with modern transportation innovations may well be up to the task.

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November 15, 2019

When Rooftop Solar is Not an Option

Not everyone lives in a place or a situation that allows them to install their own solar panels. If you are among them, fear not! Here are four ways to source renewable power or at least compensate for the carbon emissions of the energy you use. These four methods make zero energy homes and buildings possible for everyone.

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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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May 20, 2019

New In-store Label For Window Coverings Will Give Shoppers A Clear View Of Energy Savings

It’s no surprise that covering cold windows enhances comfort and improves building energy performance. However, until now there hasn’t been a reliable way to measure or express the efficiency of shades, blinds, shutters and storm windows. Now there is, thanks to the recently created Attachments Energy Rating Council.

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April 8, 2019

How To Improve Indoor Air Quality in Zero Energy Renovations

When addressing indoor air quality, let’s not leave out existing homes and buildings. The same principles that make new zero energy buildings more healthy can also be applied to existing homes, whether during minor upgrades or major renovations. The return is in improved health and comfort. This is the final installment of our three-part series on indoor air quality and health.

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February 18, 2019

2019 is the Year of Energy Codes

Building codes are the nerdy superheroes that will help us stop the worst impacts of climate change. Local and state governments across the U.S. are beginning to recognize that every new building will use energy for decades and must be as efficient as possible.

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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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